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New to the SF. Valley. Where are the best places to eat??

Hi there,

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.


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  1. 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.

    Sushi Nozawa
    11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604

    1. also try Katsu-ya for terrific sushi. locations in studio city and encino.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: ebethsdad

          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.

          1. 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.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I hate to contradict Das Ubergeek but I had such a disappointing experience at A & W...http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421119

              1. re: Fru

                I actually enjoy A&W, though the Dimsum does not touch that at 888 (my favorite) for taste or variety, but it is close. And the seafood meals I have had have all been quite tasty.

              2. 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.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I love Stonefire. The quarter chicken and tri-tip combo is awesome, and a great deal. I love the lemon garlic chicken and the garlic butter on the tri-tip, with a greek salad and 2 breadsticks for about $10.

              3. 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...

                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/panzane...

                Villa Piacere on Ventura at Shoup is also a decent place - they have a good brunch menu on the weekend. http://www.villapiacere.com/

                1. 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.

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                  1. re: carter

                    Tell me about Boneyard Bistro - have been wanting to try it

                    1. re: prainer

                      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.

                    2. re: carter

                      I believe Gorikee is closed. The Original Texas BBQ King is open in that location.

                      1. re: dabruins07

                        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.

                        1. re: carter

                          Repeat - do NOT eat at BBQ King that replaced Gorikee. It is the brother of the downtown BBQ King but is a pale shadow of it. Even the collards were flaccid.

                    3. 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

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                      1. re: Kitchen Queen

                        Kabuki, I don't think is at Devonshire and Reseda. I think your refering to Shogun Sushi near Goodwill. Kabuki is a little farther south down Reseda, I think?

                        1. re: BBQ101

                          Correct, Kabuki is in the same plaza as Alessio, south of Lassen. The one next to Goodwill is Shogun.

                      2. For sushi and cooked skewers too:

                        18713 Ventura Blvd @ Yolanda Ave.
                        Tarzana, CA 91356
                        (818) 609-9050

                        For very good Thai food (including normally hard to find Northern Thai dishes):

                        Top Thai Cuisine
                        7333 Reseda Blvd
                        (818) 705-8902

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                        1. re: Servorg

                          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.

                        2. 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.

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                          1. re: Heidi

                            Firehouse (victory just east of reseda, the big blue building) makes good gyro.

                          2. 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!

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                            1. re: Diana

                              i second MORE THAN WAFFLES in encino. love their coffee!

                              1. re: Diana

                                99 Ranch Market "food court" as you describe it was awful. Chewey, gizzardy, tepid organge chicken and a pepper beef that was sinewy and hard to swallow. Just awful. Another dish, kung pow chicken was gooey and not fresh. Avoid.

                                1. re: brutusln

                                  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.

                              2. 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.

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                                1. re: brandygirl

                                  why go to icky chains when there's so much good non-chain food to be had (often for less $$$)?

                                  1. re: Diana

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Diana

                                      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.

                                      The Stand
                                      17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204, Encino, CA 91316

                                  2. 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.......

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                                    1. re: markn

                                      Forgot to mention....for Middle Eastern.....Pita Pockets on Reseda & Nordhoff is good & cheap. Olympia on Zelzah & Chatsworth very good too, a little more expensive. The best Middle Eastern in all of LA (IMO) is Alcazar in Encino. Definitely worth the drive.

                                      1. re: markn

                                        I was just going to add Pita Pocket to your list, I love that place. Their falafel isn't as good as Falafel Palace (imo) but everything else - especially their homemade bread - is quite good. Nice people running it, too.

                                        1. re: jencounter

                                          Yes, the Indian place next door Madras Masala was pretty good too, but it is gone and replaced with a sushi place. But I like Punjab Palace even better for the lunch buffet, that place rocks....

                                          1. re: markn

                                            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.

                                      2. re: markn

                                        If you try Dos Arbolitos, go for the Tortas, damn they are tasty.

                                      3. some links

                                        Tama Sushi
                                        11920 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

                                        El Hatuchay
                                        12853 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                        Las Quenas
                                        12708 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                        Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
                                        12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                        Skaf's Grill
                                        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

                                        Villa Piacere
                                        22160 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                                        La Frite
                                        22616 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                                        Springbok Bar & Grill
                                        16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

                                        Vallarta Supermarket
                                        13715 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

                                        Madeleine Bistro
                                        18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                                        Robin Hood British Pub
                                        13640 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

                                        Carnival Restaurant
                                        4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                                        El Criollo
                                        6622 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405

                                        Manila Good-Ha
                                        8205 Woodman Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91402

                                        Outdoor Grill
                                        18697 Devonshire St, Northridge, CA 91324

                                        Les Sisters Southern Kitchen
                                        21818 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                        9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                        Shamshiri Restaurant
                                        19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

                                        18713 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                                        Top Thai Cuisine
                                        7333 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

                                        Hows Market
                                        11900 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344

                                        San Carlo Italian Deli
                                        10178 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                        Frosty Queen
                                        17603 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344

                                        Stonefire Grill
                                        6405 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills, CA 91307

                                        Mandarin Deli Restaurant
                                        9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

                                        Delicious Bakery
                                        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

                                        1. There are the two Pho So 1's, which I like. Also Chili My Soul in Encino. The two Mexican restaurants I like are Dos Arbolitos and Las Fuentes.

                                          1. Two Korean restaurants I like are Pine Tree (8322 Reseda Blvd. slightly north of Roscoe) and Duk Su Jang (7126 Van Nuys Blvd. at Sherman Way).

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                                            1. re: Dogbite Williams

                                              there's also Sik Do Rak on reseda and devonshire.

                                            2. 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.

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                                              1. re: gsw

                                                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
                                                (818) 344-0100

                                                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.

                                                weiner factory
                                                sherman oaks

                                                beas bakery - duplicate
                                                tarzana, Tarzana, CA

                                                1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                  Try Lima (Peruvian food) in Woodland Hills. I went for lunch. It was really good. A very beautiful space and the food is better than Mario's.

                                                  1. re: Galen

                                                    I enjoy Yang Chow on Topanga in Woodland Hills. http://www.yangchow.com/

                                                  2. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                    Very old post, so I should point out that Weiner Factory is RIP.

                                                2. 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

                                                  1. 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.

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                                                    1. re: eadj2006

                                                      Pinkberry is about to open in Northridge, next to Costco and the new In n Out.

                                                      1. re: eadj2006

                                                        Bizou is Cal-French and it's where you take your fussy aunt from Boston... I like it now and then, and it's perfectly competently-prepared food, but it's not at all exciting. The $1 salad, though, is one of the better food bargains in LA.

                                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                          Can I borrow someone else's fussy aunt from Boston? All my aunts are from England and not all that fussy, and I have to admit, I've sort of been cravin Bizou's balsamic chicken or sesame crusted salmon!

                                                      2. 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.

                                                        1. 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.

                                                          Las Fuentes
                                                          18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

                                                          Little Toni's
                                                          4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                                                          San Carlo Italian Deli
                                                          10178 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                                          Panera Bread
                                                          19662 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91324

                                                          Honshu Sushi
                                                          10166 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                                          Abe's Deli
                                                          19626 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91324

                                                          Los Toros Mexican Restaurant
                                                          21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                                                          Nicolosi Bakery
                                                          17540 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA

                                                          Pinocchio Restaurant & Monte Carlo Italian Deli
                                                          3103 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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                                                          1. re: luv4quest

                                                            The margaritas at Los Toros are LETHAL. Go for the drinks and the bean dip, but as you said: just say no to the rest of the food.

                                                            1. re: luv4quest

                                                              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).

                                                              1. re: luv4quest

                                                                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.

                                                              2. 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.

                                                                1. I think Pho So 1 is pretty good and cheap if you like vietnamese, Brent's deli has has good food, especially their black pastrami reuben. Los toros is also good and their margaritas are strong.

                                                                  1. 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)

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                                                                    1. re: TragicSandwich

                                                                      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?

                                                                      1. re: truefoodie

                                                                        I haven't been to Aroma Cafe yet, although I've driven by it many times. It's on my list of places to try. I'll have to add CiCi's as well.

                                                                    2. 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.

                                                                      1. 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.

                                                                        1. 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).