New to the SF. Valley. Where are the best places to eat??
We just moved to Northridge from the O.C. Where are the best places to eat in the Valley. Especially for weeknight dining? On the weekends we will probably venture a little farther, but we need to know good places to go after work. Any good sushi in the Valley???
We have already eaten at Brent's----my husband loves the big deli sandwiches.
there are two israeli restaurants in the valley that i like a lot:
itzik hagadol in encino
hummous bar and grill
if you order the salad assortment in either restaurant, as you consume what is on your plate they will refill the plate for free.
bear in mind, though, if one person at the table orders the salad assortment, they will expect everyone at the table to order one also. (it's the only way this ayce system can work).
Diana seems to have a really nice list. I live in the other valley, so haven't been to too many of the places on her list, but have certainly been to Tiramisu many times. Food is quite good. The owner, who is from Croatia, is very friendly, and will remember you. A few years back, my daughter and I went on a Tiramisu tasting adventure all around the LA area-- and Tiramisu has among the best-- served in a little chocolate Tulip ( Da Pasquale in BH was our runner up. ) As for sushi-- there is an excellent and interesting sushi bar that I didn't see mentioned already on the thread, on the south side of Ventura Blvd in Encino, I believe it is Katsu. Right next to Baha Fresh, just a block West of Gelson's. It's a bit pricey ( especially coming from the other valley, where a short walk or car drive will provide an experience that will make you ask if you've been transported to Asia-- where almost all the Asian restaurants are very good and very inexpensive) Anyway, I digress. Katsu ( I hope I have the right name-- definitely the right location) makes many interesting creations-- things you would not find in a sushi bar frequented by Japanese folks, but you'll find most, but not all of the traditional fare are well.
off the top of my head...
el faro tacos in san fernando. great pastor tacos.
el taurino tacos in panorama city. great barbacoa flautas.
the stand in encino. great hot dogs.
ueru-ka-mu sushi in tarzana.
puro sabor in van nuys for peruvian.
so many more but can't think of any at the moment.
We moved to the SFV less than a year ago, and enjoy the following:
Adrian's (Italian; White Oak and Vanowen)
Salsa & Beer (White Oak and Vanowen)
Cafe Carolina (Ventura between White Oak and Lindley)
Vip's (breakfast; Ventura between Lindley and Reseda)
Brooklyn Pizza (Tampa just south of Vanowen)
Yang Chow (no, it's not SGV-level, but we're not there, and it's head and shoulders above anything else we've found; Topanga Canyon just north of Victory)
I don't know Vip's but I know the rest of these places and I think its a decent list for that area - I'll try Vip's based on your rate the rater score (lol)... I love Cici's for breakfast (Vent/Vanalden) & have you tried Aroma Cafe on Ventura in the same vicinity (maybe Lindley-ish?)
Out of curiosity, I've been wanting to try that pseudo-churrascarria place (Kravings?) on Ventura -- anyone been?
Here are afew recs: Hearts Coffe Shop near the corner of Balboa and Saticoy for breakfast.
Pizza: Casa De Pizza on San Fernando Mission and Woodly-great Pizza.
A & W is great for Chinese food-Very Fresh.
Showgun Sushi on Reseda and Devonshire- good sushi.
Italia- on San Fernando Mission and Balboa for subs. Also Matt & Tony's on Sepulveda and Chatsworth has a great eastcoast kinda sub.
Las Fuentes- great Mexican Food. Vanowen and Reseda.
I have lived in Chatsworth since birth so here are my suggestions.
I love San Carlo Italian Deli - They make great sandwiches and their eggplant parm is great (my moms is better). However for Italian Groceries - not so great. I go to Monte Carlo in Burbank - attached is a restaurant called Pinnochio's. Pass on the restaurant but stock up on the fresh cheeses and meats. Get your rolls from San Carlo. The Roberto's are the owners of San Carlo and in truly is a mom and pop shop in a world of chains.
A hot spot is Los Toros - it's mexican and it is not so great for food but it is a great place for drinks and can accomodate large parties. Again it is a family owned place and has that feel. For Mexican go to Sierra's in Canoga Park or Los Fuentes.
I have YET to find wonderful Italian food in The San Fernando Valley - heck even in Los Angeles. So you may have to trek over the hill or come to my house! My mom really does make the best Italian food. There is a place in Toluca Lake/North Hollywood area called Little Toni's and their pizza is delicious. I have never had the pasta there.
Sushi - HonsHu Sushi near San Carlo's. It's clean and fresh and YUMMMM! And ask Billy the sushi chef to get out the karaoke mic and everyone can get down and sing - Billy will too.
I may be the only person in the SFV but I hate Brent's deli. It is always too crowded so it looks dirty. I think the food is less than mediocre and tasteless. If you want great deli food - ABE'S DELI is the spot. They are by far better than Brent's when it comes to Breakfast and Matzo Ball soup.
Avoid all mall food - Although the chain's wood ranch and On the border are not bad.
There is a place on Devonshire near De Soto called - The Burrito Factory - my sister loves it - I have never been a fan of any kind of burrito so I cannot second her opinion.
I agree with people about Outdoor Grill. Plus it's near the only Coffee Bean store in this part of the Valley.
We just got a a Panera Bread and I could eat there everyday. It's on Corbin and Nordhoff. They have great soups and salads.
The best cannoli's in Los Angeles - Nicolosi's on Ventura
If I can think of anymore I will let you know.
18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335
4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
San Carlo Italian Deli
10178 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311
19662 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91324
10166 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311
19626 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91324
Los Toros Mexican Restaurant
21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
17540 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA
Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Actually, the Mall food at the new Topanga Westfield Maul is way above any other food court. The mexican palce is suppsoedly pretty good, from the reviews on here. There is a Farm of beverly hills. The same mall also has a Gyu Kaku with all you can eat options (one of the few).
100% disagreement about Brents Deli (On Parthenia, between Corbin & Tampa). This is THE BEST Deli in the area.... & by area I mean west of New York. If you grew up in Chatsworth as "luv4quest" did, then I can understand a lack of expertise concerning Jewish style Delis. Order the cabbage soup & the romanian tenderloin & you'll be in heaven. Just go early, it gets very, very busy. And Abe's matzo ball soup would make my Grandma roll over in her grave.... not that good. Brents matzo ball soup? A-1!
Pretty authentic Chinese.... Mandarin Deli on Reseda between Plummer & Nordhoff. Get their scallion pancakes, pan-fried dumplings, & homemade noodle soup with beef. And get out of there pretty cheaply.
Lots of great suggestions already given!
A&W for Chinese (Reseda/Prairie). They also do cart style dimsum if you don't want to drive out to SGV.
India Sweets & Spices (Topanga Cyn/Sherman Way) for fast food vegetarian indian. The Northridge location was sold to a different person and their fast food area isn't as good anymore.
The Food Court at Topanga Mall (Topanga/Vanowen). Great upscale food court with a Korean place, meditteranean, NY deli, salad and sandwiches. I like the Korean place in the center. All food is served on plates and drinks in glasses.
Omino Sushi (Devonshire/Variel) Right around the corner from my house -- great neighborhood sushi place. Fresh fish, and a regular local hangout.
sushi - most famous would be katsu ya in studio city. newest location is brentwood
il tiramisu in sherman oaks for italian (ventura and woodman)
cafe bizou in sherman oaks (french food)
pita kitchen sherman oaks (ventura and van nuys) next to the magazine stand - good, cheap mediterranean food but the parking is terrible
thai bbq (woodman and roscoe) - the best thai bbq chicken you will ever have.
there is a pinkberry in studio city and a wanna be - "roseberry) in northridge.
While I read through ALL the other posts, and will try to just add new stuff or second my faves, I fear I may duplicate, so my apologies to other posters... I'm not trying to take credit for a *novel* idea...
Sushi-wise, I like Tama best.
Frozen yogurt-- do like Yogurt Zone; there's also Humphrey's on Van Nuys, BUT California Pita in the same center as Jerry's Deli, has some of the best vanilla non-fat fro yo I've ever had. It's their machine that whips it up *perfectly.*
Breakfast--good ideas thus far; if you'll come easterly, you'll get Jinky's or Jumpin' Java.
Donuts-- best at K's Donut Emporium at Ventura/Bev Glen
Mongolian BBQ - King's in Granada Hills/Chatsworth or Mogo's in Van Nuys
Pastries --- Nata's for natas and other goodies; Leda's Bake Shop for cupcakes; Bea's Bakery; Plusko's Bakery
We really like Alcazar on Ventura near White Oak - just east of Versailles on the north side. Great Middle-Eastern - I've been told the owners are Armenian, but the waiter tha always waits on us is Moroccan.
Fantastic mezze; in the evenings I'm told they have entertainment but we are too fuddy duddy to go out that late. The food is fantastic. they have an outdoor patio that's really pleasant, and if you like to smoke hookas, you can do it out there.
Also Gorikee in the West Valley; for Chinese we like the Lotus Inn, although we probably like it mostly because its conveniently located. We always go to Pho So 1, both the one in Van Nuys and the one in Reseda.
For bakery goods run down Reseda Blvd to Bea's Bakery. Delicious Bakery tries hard but just cannot compare in many items.
18450 Clark St
Tarzana, CA 91356
For old school hot dogs and especially polish dogs go to Weiner Factory at 14917 Ventura Blvd and Kester. Open now from 11am-6pm every day.
beas bakery - duplicate
tarzana, Tarzana, CA
11920 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
12853 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
12708 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Tony's Mexican Grill
12910 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Cedar House Cafe
4805 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91607
Mezzomondo Caffe Trattoria
12415 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
India Sweets & Spices
22011 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91304
22160 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
22616 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Springbok Bar & Grill
16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
13715 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405
18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Robin Hood British Pub
13640 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
6622 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405
8205 Woodman Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91402
18697 Devonshire St, Northridge, CA 91324
Les Sisters Southern Kitchen
21818 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311
19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
18713 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Top Thai Cuisine
7333 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
11900 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344
San Carlo Italian Deli
10178 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311
17603 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344
6405 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills, CA 91307
Mandarin Deli Restaurant
9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
9147 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Carrillos Mexican Deli
19744 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91306
Nat's Early Bite
14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Hi, I live in Porter Ranch. While there aren't many options for "fine dining" in the area, there are some good cheap eats.
For finer dining you have 2 options....Alessio on Reseda.....by far the best Italian in the area IMO and really nice atmosphere and service as well. And L'Affair Cafe on Sepulveda just north of the 118. This place is a little known gem. Great food and service, full bar, always have some really good specials.
For cheap eats, lots of good suggestions so far. Some of my regular haunts:
Italia Bakery & Deli (Balboa & SF Mission) - THE BEST italian subs, and best Italian market in the area.
For sushi, 2 good local places......Hyakumi on Plummer next to Gelsons and Yanagi on Corbin a little north of Nordhoff.
Mexican - Dos Arbolitos (Nordhoff & Woodley) - google it there is a writeup from Jonathan Gold on LA Weekly site. Also Carillo's (Sherman Way & Corbin), Sabroso's (Vanowen & Corbin), Las Fuentes all good.
Chinese - A&W on Prarie next to CSUN, good dim sum & HK style seafood. Mandarin Deli across the street for noodles, dumplings, scallion pancakes.
Small Island (Reseda & Plummer) for good Japanese cooked dishes (chicken katsu, teriyaki etc)
Across the street on Reseda in Emle's, good home style cooking, reasonable prices. Also on the same corner is Felafel Palace, good cheap eats.
Punjab Palace on Nordhoff has a great Indian lunch buffet. Woodlands on Topanga also very good for vegetarian Indian.
Outdoor grill (Reseda & Devonshire) pretty good baby back ribs. ALso in the same plaza L&L Hawaiian bbq is pretty good.
Top Thai on Reseda very good.
Alexis Greek Cafe (Tampa & Nordhoff) definitely the best Greek around, killer moussaka.
Buenos Aires Grille (Corbin & Nordhoff) really good chicken milanesa, sandwiches, empanadas etc.
For pizza, Z Pizza in Porter Ranch is pretty good.
At Devonshire & Mason, Cafe Orient is very good. Also in the same plaza is Casa de Carlos Mexican, food is pretty average, but damn good margaritas.
A little further down on Devonshire is Sergio's Italian, food is ok, not great, but they have some really cheap deals if you go before 7.
I'm sure I'm leaving some out but that should be a good start.......
Really good thread here on good Valley eats....
Italia Deli on Balboa and SF Mission is truly outstanding for subs, deli, pasta, bread, sweets. I've had their lasagna catered for a few parties and everyone is blown away by it. The subs are top-notch. Tough to decide if I like the hard or soft roll better. The spaghetti with meatballs is great to go. Just a fabulous neighborhood place that has been at the top of its game for decades.
Los Toros in Chatsworth for fun Mexican food including dangerously strong Margaritas, killer bean dip, great fajitas and a festive atmosphere. I love this place.
A very good sushi place in this area of the valley is OMINO SUSHI. It's on the north side of Devonshire in a small strip mall west of DeSoto.
PAGODA INN is a good place for Chinese. It's on the south-east corner of Rinaldi and Tampa, near Whole Foods.
For great sub sandwiches at lunch, go to MY HERO on the north-east corner of Plummer and Reseda. I always get their roast beef with cheese. They serve it warm with the best chopped tomato salad.
Another good Mexican restaurant is CASA DE CARLOS. It's on the north-west corner of Devonshire and Mason. While I like Los Toros, the service is much better at Casa De Carlos.
I haven't been in years, but ALEXIS GREEK RESTAURANT was always a good bet. It's in a shopping center on the east side of Tampa south of Nordhoff.
There are lots of chain restaurants in the area. On the Plummer St. side of the Northridge mall, there's WOOD RANCH, ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL, and CLAIM JUMPER. On Corbin you've got BLACK ANGUS.
Not all chains are icky, and some are better than independent restaurants. Wood Ranch makes good baby back ribs and tri tip, better than the non-chain Rosie's on Topanga. In fact, they make the best I know of in this area of the valley. I've had good pasta at Romano's. True, there are better Italian restaurants in LA, but if I don't feel like driving far, Romano's is fine.
Another Italian chain that I like and forgot to mention is MARIA'S at Reseda and Nordhoff.
Agreed, but it's the West Valley we're talking about here. With a handful of exceptions you might as well be in Bakersfield (which after all has Basque food.)
One of those exceptions -- and come to think of it I guess it's now on its way to being a chain -- is The Stand in Encino, the best upscale hot dogs and sausages around.
17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204, Encino, CA 91316
Alexis Greek in Northridge is fabulous.
Woodlands Pure veggie indian has amazing foods and Dosas. Go for the Friday night buffet and Dosa Bonanza!
Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks for Itlalian
Asanebo is THE BEST sushi for me, followed by 4 on 6 and Then House of Taka, and then Midori for all you can eat when I'm really hungry (Midori is not like Asanebo, but good for all you can eat) Go Mart Sushi is well reguarded here
For beer/ liquor stores, try Vendome in Toluca Lake, Wine and Spirits in Chatsworth and Bevmo in Northridge.
Galleria is a good asian market in Northridge with a nice bakery and a good food court. Weniee (sp) bakery is also a good asian bakery. 99 Ranch Asian market in Van Nuys isn't as new and clean, but it is good. Right next door is sam Woo BBq, and nearby are Pho 999 and Pho So 1.
Hugo's is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has vegetarian options and good teas, too.
Follow Your Heart is an old hippie/granola health food store with a fabulous cafe serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Free BYOB!
Bobby's Diner is the quintessential greasy spoon diner with amazing hash brown and old fashioned diner waitress.
Boneyard Bistro was already mentioned.
Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks has great Moroccan without a belly dancer to hassle you.
Cedar House, Carnival, Alcazar and Skaf's cover the middle eastern gamut with great food. alcazar is famous for it's amazing mezze. try Hummous Bar for Hummus
Mulberrry street Pizza, Joe Peeps and Red Balls are all good pizza joints.
Gorikee is french/american with an emphasis on garlic. Go for lunch and get the Wimpy Burger.
The Dressing Room is good for a quick design your own salad.
Vin Loi veggie Tofu makes their own tofu and lots of yummy dishes with it!
Leda's bake shop is my go to for cupcakes, cookies and yummy scones.
For a great Gyro, go to Firehouse Cafe in tarzana/encino. Besat in the Valley
Caoiti has great pizzas and salads.
The Encino and Studio City sunday farmer's markets are gread for fresh produce and lunch/breakfast.
Artisan Cheese Gallery is it for cheese
Try Studio Yogurt, Yogurt Zone or Ce Fiore for yogurt.
Gelson's Supermarkets have great bakeries, delis and salad bars.
vegetable Delight has amazing chinese dishes with mock meats-you won't know or care that there's no meat!
The Robin Hood is a great English pub in Sherman oaks
versailes has great Cuban
More than Waffles has fabulous breakfasts, as does Marmalade Cafe and Sona's
Go to Chili My Soul in encino for great Chili.
I need a break here!
She didn't recommend the 99 Ranch food court. She recommended the Vietnamese place on the north side and the Cantonese barbecue on the south side of the building, but nothing actually in the 99 Ranch.
The food court she was talking about was the Galleria food court, which is Korean.
I live in Porter Ranch and can offer the following from my taste:
- Give higher value to recommendations from Carter and Das - I find that I like their suggestions, even if not for the same items that they recommend.
- Whole Foods is a life saver for us – from parties to dinners to shopping. I love that they have brown rice sushi which I take for lunch a couple times a week. If we were closer to Gelson’s we’d probably eat take out from there more.
- We are eating Japanese at the place next to Whole Foods - it doesn't rock my world, but I am happy to have a neighborhood place we can walk into.
- I'm not a Les Sisters fan, but given home-cooking of a friend, my standards are probably pretty high.
- For bakery, we like Pastries by Edie in Canoga Park.
- We used to eat at/from Los Torros in Chatsworth, but now go to Las Fuentes most of the time. We think the food is better.
- We like Hot's Tacos at Devonshire and Reseda but not Outdoor Grill. We’re probably more than a bit picky with our BBQ standards.
- For take out fast food style Japanese we like Teriyakia (or something like that) which is a little shack at Balboa and Chatsworth
- Tri Tips cooked at How’s Market on the weekends are good, and I really like Vallarta markets - especially for when I experimental cook. While the Woodman location is very well stocked, it can be a bit too busy for my taste so we hit some of the Canoga Park ones as well
- I like California Chicken Café (Reseda/Nordoff) for healthy feeling meal.
- I agree with many of the along Ventura recommendations including Max, Kushiyu, Luna y Sol.
- We think Flemings has very good steaks, and good wine by the glass and cocktails. We like Roy’s but don’t think the Woodland Hills location is up to par with some of the others.
- For more nearby, low key places we also eat at Rincone Thai (Devonshire & Balboa) and Buen (spelling?) Gusto for Italian (near Devonshire & Sepulveda). Had a killer meal once at the Bada Bing (or something like that) near the same intersection, but it was just too divey for us.
- I love San Carlo deli (Mason & Devonshire) for sandwiches, take out pastas and cold cuts and the overall entertainment factor of a great diverse neighborhood place.
- We eat pizza and salad from Pizza Cookery. Addictive rolls, other stuff is okay too.
- I’m still looking for the killer Gyro. I have been excited to try some of the places gushed about on here, but have not been wowed to date. We’re currently eating Gyros from the Frosty Queen stand on Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills. They have decent chili fries and dogs for those non-healthy craves.
- We are in between Chinese places and haven’t yet tried A&W.
I second Top Thai. Don't be put off by the location on a dismal stretch of Reseda. It's very cozy and nice inside, and the food is great. Don't forget to try some of the Northern Thai specialties. Top Thai is literally 5 minutes from the heart of Northridge, which is wonderful for those of us stuck out here in the North Valley.
Jnette - Welcome to Northridge. I have lived here for over 20 years. Here are some of my standard stops: Indian: Punjab 19524 Nordhoff St (behind the mall) and in the same complex as Guitar Center, Persian: Shamshiri 19249 Roscoe Blvd (at tampa), Brent's, of course, Catch 21 very casual for grilled fish 18677 Devonshire St @ Reseda in the same shopping plaza as Albertsons and REI. Kabuki Sushi 9701 Reseda Blvd @ Devonshire next to Goodwill -cheap sushi -used to be fairly good. Last trip I was disappointed but, you can make that assessment. Delicious Bakery Reseda and Nordhoff in the same plaza as Vons- for all things bakery-Been there for years and so have I. Love this place. Mandarin Deli 9305 Reseda Blvd -great for noodle things and soups. Love the tofu noodles and sesame noodle bowl. And, last, Rosies BBQ 9012 Tampa Ave LOVE this. Hubby and I share the combo dinner. I get salad bar for both of us and take extra for leftovers. It's a real bargain and very yummy. :) Happy eating KQ
Well, Studio City is known as sushi city, so judge accordingly - as there are about 25 sushi bars there alone, along with another 20 or so in Sherman Oaks, with the rest of Ventura Blvd also well represented qualitatively, yet not as densely so.
Gorikee in Woodland Hills in the shopping center on Ventura at Topanga Canyon behind Jerry's Deli is definitely worth the detour. For Mexican, Carrillo's deli on Sherman Way at Corbin, just west of Corbin, is quite good as is Las Fuentes or Melodys around Reseda & Vanowen(same owners). Woodlands on Topanga Canyon at Lassen for Indian vegetarian. Of course, the Whole Foods in Porter Ranch for its repertoire!
Best food - Mistral, Max and Boneyard Bistro - all in Sherman Oaks.
Mistral has no website.
Well, the ribs are dry, not sauced, yet they have 2 different sauces, one medium and one quite nicely spiced(my favorite) in a vinegary kind of way as opposed to an overly sweetish kind of way. Chicken, pulled pork, brisket, tri-tip, etc. are all options in various combinations, with sides selections of good collards, cole slaw, a fried macNcheese that I don't care for, or beans which are also good.
My personal preference is the bistro side of the menu where a salmon dish currently being offered is sensational, yet hardly an item you would expect from a "ribs" place. The ribeyes, size to your choosing and priced accordingly, are sensational cooked med. rare. Also, a kobe burger, the pulled pork dumplings, etc. Some nights, specials might include kangaroo, venison, elk, or whatever Aaron feels like cooking. Their sweet potato fries are truly addictive!
On Mon and Thurs, they have beer specials, while on Tuesday and Wednesday they have wine specials and their selections of both are truly wonderful. The beer and wine selections are among the best in the valley.
Please note the date of my post, versus yours. This thread should be deleted, or started over. The subject is good, but so much of the info is SO out of date.
but do not eat at that BBQ place that replaced Gorikee.
And my comment included reference to Max, which is likewise out of business, but has been replaced by MarcheLA, with the former chef at Palate in Glendale now running the place. Food and prices really good and fair. Definitely worth the trip to Sherman Oaks. 818.784.2915
13355 Ventura Blvd.
I have lived in the West Valley for a long time now - and coming here from Memphis was culinary culture shock. There are some good places to eat out this way, but nothing great. I apologize in advance for not having a recommendation for sushi - it's not my thing.
For cheap eats, Outdoor Grill on Devonshire at Reseda in Northridge for bbq chicken and sometimes for the ribs - also, Stonefire Grill on Fallbrook in West Hills for cheap eats - French Dip sandwiches, garlic mashed potatoes, and salads - I dont recommend the ribs - Uncle Andre's in Studio City is pretty good for ribs, catfish and sweet potato pie - best I have found in the Valley so far - take out is their gig - Les Sisters on Devonshire in Chatsworth has GREAT fried chicken and some decent vegetables but cannot say much about their cornbread or shrimp creole. Bobby's on Ventura at Fallbrook - total dive - good breakfast - and cheap!
More upscale dining of the chain variety - Roy's on Topanga at Victory in Woodland Hills seafood Hawaiian style - Fleming's Steakhouse is next door to Roy's -
King's Fish House at the Commons in Calabasas for seafood -
Magianno's at the Topanga Promenade for Southern Italian served family style
Independent upscale dining - Sol Y Luna on Ventura at Corbin in Tarzana for Mexican - (a couple sitting next to me in the bar recently told that the owners have two more casual places called Las Fuentes and Melody's in the same block on Van Owen just East of Reseda Blvd- cash only) http://www.solylunarestaurant.com/fmi/xsl/cc/index.xsl?id=5835
Panzenella on Ventura near Kester in Sherman Oaks for Italian - owned by the Drago family - one of the best spots in the Valley - http://www.giacominodrago.com/panzanella_history.htm
Villa Piacere on Ventura at Shoup is also a decent place - they have a good brunch menu on the weekend. http://www.villapiacere.com/
You have good recomendations for sushi. As far as everything else goes: Mexican: Tacos La Fonda, truck after 6:30 @ northwest corner of Vineland and Vanowen; Tony's Mexican Grill, southwest corner of Coldwater and Magnolia; Vietnamese: Pho 999, Northwest corner of Sepulveda and Victory; Pho So, Northeast corner of Sepulveda and Victory; Pizza: Caioti; East side of Tujunga between Moorpark and Riverside; Middle Eastern: Cedar House, Northwest corner of Riverside and Magnolia; Skaf's Grill, Northeast corner of Laurel Cyn and Oxnard (neglect this at the Ubergeek's wrath); Thai: anyplace on Sherman Way between Coldwater and Woodman; Burgers: whatever the place with Ostrich burgers on Van Nuys and Magnolia; fozen yogurt; Farm Boy, Riverside and Hazeltine...Studio City Farmers' Market Sunday between 8:30 and 12:30. You're on your own after this. Oh yeah, Art's, Spumanti, and Mezzo Mundo on Ventura. Diana can fill you in if I have missed anything.
I was never a West Valley person -- my forays west of the 405 were limited, but here's what I have:
India Sweets & Spices (Topanga Cyn and Sherman Way) for good vegetarian Indian fare, no decor whatsoever, in the back of a grocery store, and dirt cheap -- six people can often eat their fill for under $20 and stuff themselves senseless for $30.
Villa Piacere, on Ventura -- go for the romantic patio, not as much for the just-OK Italian food.
La Frite, Ventura near Shoup -- yum.
A&W Seafood Restaurant -- one of three "authentic" Chinese places in the Valley (the other two being Sam Woo in Van Nuys and BBQ Unlimited in NoHo), and the only one that does a dim sum menu.
Banh mi shops at Reseda & Sherman Way, and pho shops ditto.
Vallarta Market, Woodley and Victory, because of their fantastic takeout meals and the best tres leches cake anywhere period.
Springbok South African B&G, directly west of Vallarta, because how often do you get to eat boerwors in LA?
Taboo Lounge on Ventura in Woodland Hills -- the food's just OK but the best martinis in the West Valley.
Madeleine Bistro on Ventura in Tarzana -- vegan food, but not part of the "we want everyone to know we're vegan so we won't use salt or spices in our food either" contingent so ably represented by Native Foods and Real Food Daily. This stuff is tasty, it's appealing (at least somewhat) to non-vegans, and it's in a nicer surroundings than the usual "licorice all-sorts" decor of the other vegan places.
Stonefire Grill at the Fallbrook Mall is OK when you want creative salads that are probably no better for you than a sandwich (seriously, I see single diners ordering the "large" salad, which comes filled above the brim in a bowl that my baby daughter could comfortably bathe in).
Alborz on Ventura in Encino... yum, Persian food. Good tadig.
Some added East Valley things (and yes, go to Skaf's, the hummus, my God, the hummus!!):
Robin Hood Pub on Burbank between Woodman and Hazeltine for the best F&C in the valley, and pretty good everything else, and very nice sticky toffee pudding.
Carnival on Woodman near Moorpark, because though I love Skaf's, sometimes you need decor. (This is changing now that Skaf's has a Glendale location with decor.)
Tama Sushi on Ventura in Studio City for their $50 omakase that, in my OH-so-humble opinion, knocks the socks off of Sushi Nozawa (which, in my also-very-humble opinion, has declined recently).
There are some excellent Peruvian places in the Valley -- for roast chicken, the best is Super Pollo, on Van Nuys Blvd. just north of Victory. For a more complete menu, there is Las Quenas on Sherman Way and Bellaire and El Hatuchay on Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon.
When you're jonesing for mole, there's a Oaxacan restaurant on Vanowen just a few doors west of Van Nuys Blvd., on the north side of the street.
Cuban food is best at El Criollo, NE corner of Victory and Fulton.
Good Filipino breakfast can be had from 8 AM at Manila Good-Ha on Woodman and Cantara, just south of Roscoe and the Kaiser hospital. Order things that are cooked to order, though, like anything "silog" (which just means "with garlic fried rice and fried eggs -- try tapsilog, which is the above with beef, or longsilog, which has sweet sausage).
For standard luncheonette-style breakfasts, go to Nat's Early Bite, NW corner of Burbank and Hazeltine, or Du-Par's on Ventura and Radford.
I hate to contradict recommendations but Uncle Andre's is not good -- it's not like Johnny Reb's, it's not like Phillips, it's not even as good as Lucille's. It's basically steamed meat with smoke flavour and sauce. There are a few non-bad barbecue places in the Valley but none of them are excellent. Let me save you time and direct you AWAY from Mr. Cecil's in Sherman Oaks, which on its good days rises just above the level of Hungry Man frozen barbecue dinners.
re: Das Ubergeek
Re: Uncle Andre's - did not say it was great - said it was pretty good - when you live in a BBQ wasteland, you take what you can get which is preferably ribs from Corky's in Memphis sent via FEDEX - and even they lose something in the translation. Once I try the Boneyard Bistro, maybe I will have something to report on the local scene.
re: Das Ubergeek
re: Das Ubergeek
I also do not enjoy contradicting Das Ubergeek, but I had probably my worst meal in Los Angeles in 25 years at Villa Piacere a few months ago. There is a post on the list that would come up in a search. It was truly a miserable experience and was heartily embarrassed that I had recommended the restaurant. I will never return.
re: Das Ubergeek
Sushi Nozawa, commonly credited as the best sushi in the Valley, is the home of the infamous "Sushi Nazi," who's actually an OK guy as long as you go <i>omakase</i> and turn off your cell phone. Note that it's closed on weekends.
I've never been to Urusawa in Beverly Hills, probably the hottest Japanese in LA nowadays, but I note that it's 16 miles from Northridge to Studio City vs. 20 miles from Northridge to BH. I haven't lived in the West Valley for a long while so this may be a bit unfair, but except for a few oases like Brent's it's not an area that's noted for great cuisine, and if that's your goal you may find yourself hitting the Sepulveda Pass a lot.
11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604