Moving to Studio City
Hey guys. I'm moving to Studio City soon and am not that familiar with the area. I know my requests are a bit specific (I apologize) but here is what I am looking for in the area (trying to keep it to Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and the South end of North Hollywood closer to Ventura Blvd) cheap eats preferably
1. Good Deli Counter for pick up - serving fat sandwiches and good crispy fresh whole dill pickles (preferable offers carved turkey meat) good coleslaw a plus.
2. A nice date appropriate restaurant for under $40 per person including a glass of house wine. Open for suggestions.
3. uncrowded weekend breakfast spot (or breakfast burrito pick-up joint)
4. Inexpensive bar with good bar foods/appetizers (happy hour prices)
5. Mexican - Good Chile Rellenos and chicken tacos
6. Delivery that is not pizza (or if it is I prefer a NY Style thin crust non-chainey place) Very important for the move-in un-packing weekend (boo - i hate moving)
What are your favorite restaurants in that area? Open to suggestions. Thanks guys! (FYI -the search engine on this board is sucky)
Great posts from everybody. A couple places I was floored that nobody suggested and that you have, have, HAVE to try!
2. Minibar - really great, inspired Latin-influenced tapas with really nice decor and service. I always have a great experience there. The empanadas are very good.
3. Good Neighbor - the nicest couple in the world owns this place, and the food matches the great service. You never have to wait over ten minutes here, and even that is rare.
5. Tortas - can't believe no one mentioned this and so many said there isn't any good Mexican around this area. Try their asada or carnitas taco with their homemade tortilla, you won't be sorry.
6. Chinese Deli T & D. Really great Chinese for the price, and FAST delivery.
2. Try Wine Bistro. My husband and I finally went there after noticing it for a few years and we had a fantastic meal. The frisee salad with an egg and bacon on it were fantastic. The goat cheese tart was also phenomenal. 818 is also a good date place in Toluca lake but service can be slow and some of the food is uneven.
3. Hugos can be crowded but the Desayuna Fuerte is great. I also like Paty's in Toluca lake.
5. We still don't love the Mexican we have found but beware of Mexicali--i have never not sent my food back there. disgusting.
6. Indian delivery - we like Clay Oven in Sherman Oaks. Sumpum Thai on ventura place is also good.
Katsu-ya Sushi in Studio City is not to be missed. Nozawa is also great sushi but beware--just get the special and let them serve you.
Joe Peep's Pizza (whitsett & magnolia) thin "blue collar" pizza, now I think they have 2 sizes 16" & 18" (18" cheese i think is $11.99) I usually only get the cheese if I do get toppings it's just pepperoni. there regular pizza is very good also thicker crust, heavier toppings (toppings VERY heavy on reg pizza). I like the blue collar better (thin pizza is better).
i have to respond against your Joe Peep's Pizza. i'm a HUGE fan of new york style pizza, or anything close to it out here. but Joe Peep's is just disgusting. i remember the crust was too peppery and tasted like cornmeal. if u want great pizza, and it has to be from the valley - get it from Mulberry Pizza in Encino.
This is too late for the original poster to take advantage of, but I would like to suggest D'Amore's Pizza Connection as a really good thin crust NY-style pizza in the SC/ShOaks area (I personally take out from the Magnolia location). Date night might also include Firefly on Ventura (if it's not a weekend) or Gangadin (Indian food on Ventura Place). Robin Hood Pub on Burbank near Woodman is our closest pub food/bar.
I just have to mention Dino's pizza on Burbank and Cahuenga. I recently moved from NYC and it is the closest to nyc pizza that we've had. SO good!
I 2nd, 3rd, 4th Aroma Cafe.
Hugo's is excellent as well.
4 n 20 diner is a great cheapish diner. They have a very healthy selection for a diner and lots of vegetarian options which I love.
SUSHI DON SASABUNE! on Laurel Cyn and Riverside. Walk up counter for sushi, great prices and phenomenal quality.
City Wok for tasty american-chinese food. It's in the Ralph center on Ventura and Vineland.
USA Donuts on Riverside and Moorpark is a donut shop with good coffee, IMO.
You've got some good suggestions for the Studio City/Sherman Oaks area. Since I live in that area myself, I feel the need to throw in my two cents. Here are some my fav's, which I'm sure have already been mentioned.
1. Asanebo (11941 Ventura Blvd.) - for exquisite sushi, sashimi, small plates
2. Bamboo (14010 Ventura Blvd.) - the absolute best chinese in the Valley
3. Boneyard Bistro (13539 Ventura Blvd.) - for some upscale/gourmet BBQ
4. Cafe Bizou (14016 Ventura Blvd.) - Cal-French - I'm only mentioning this because it's one of the Valley's most popular restaurants. In my opinion, not as good as it used to be, but I seem to be in the minority.
5. Casa Vega (13301 Ventura Blvd.) - average mexican food, above average margaritas, fun vibe, better than the other mexican/maragarita places in Studio City and Sherman Oaks.
6. La Fondue (13359 Ventura Blvd.) - Yes I know Chowhounds, not the best food in the world, but so romantic. Nothing better than dipping strawberries into chocolate with your honey.
7.La Frite (15013 Ventura Blvd.) - good French - onion soup, escargot, crepes, quiche. The Woodland Hills location is nicer, but the food is the same at both.
8. MAX (13355 Ventura Blvd.) - Asian fusion - My favorite Valley restaurant - Chef/Owner Andre Guerrero is incredible.
9. Panzanella (14928 Ventura Blvd.) - Wonderful Drago family Italian, no pizza though.
10. Spark Woodfire Grill (11801 Ventura Blvd.) - Here's your pizza - fantastic thin crust
11. Stanley's (13817 Ventura Blvd.) - some say the best Chinese Chicken Salad ever. It is good!!
12. Wine Bistro (11915 Ventura Blvd.) - French - nice wines, solid cuisine, friendly host.
Lots of good recommendations here. A couple I haven't seen yet: for Mexican; Tony's Mecian Grill - in a strip mall on the southwest corner of Magnolia and Tujunga and, the ultimate in true Mexican, Tacos La Fonda, a taco truck that parks at a carwash on the northwest corner of Vineland and Vanowen after 6:30 PM ($1.50 a taco for the best tacos in the Valley). For Lebanese: Skaf's Grill on the northeast corner of Laurel Cyn and Oxnard, and the Cedar House, Northwest corner of Whitsett and Riverside.
My favorite weekend brunch is the Studio City Farmers Market which has already been recommended. The hours are nominally 8:30 - 12:30, but they often go late. The lines are shorter and the selection better if you get there before 10.
I've been in sherman oaks the past 3 yrs and here's my ongoing list of the area:
sumo sushi on van nuys blvd just north of magnolia has by far my favorite sushi (i know u really didnt ask for a sushi recom. but i had to tell cause they're awesome). big cuts of fish for very reasonably low prices.
there's a string a places along ventura -
15013 Ventura Blvd (btw. noble & kester aves)
great french place w/ amazing salads; burgers, soup, desserts - good date spot
right next door to la frite
great chinese food and desserts - good date spot
across the street from kung pao in sherman oaks
great delivery/take out chinese
13730 Ventura Blvd. (just west of woodman)
again good date spot; really dark inside; yummy mexican food - very fresh fish -- stay away from Max (their sister restaurant down the block; totally overpriced)
the great greek
13362 Ventura Blvd. (btw. dixie canyon & fulton)
awesome greek food
14016 Ventura Blvd. (btw. hazeltine & colbath)
le petit bistro
next door to the Great Greek
They both have incredible french food, great service; but very high prices - so only have gone to each of them on special ocassions
4356 Woodman Ave (btw. ventura & moorpark)
really good mediterrean food; i have relatives that travel far & wide just for their food
Nat's - just has good cheap food. it's a good staple
corner of moorpark & woodman
great mexican food!
corner of Tujunga & Moorpark
good taco stand for very american-ized tacos.
for mexican - stay AWAY from casa vega (it's pitch black in there; and the food is sub par) and while i've heard Mexicali on Ventura just west of Laurel Canyon is supposed to have great food, i wouldn't know, b/c when i went there for dinner once, i was seated and ignored for 25 minutes. so we just got up and left. havent been back.
Il Tiramisu - probably the most crappiest place that actually thinks they serve italian food. i come from an italian family and have visited italy - there's no way il tiramisu is italian food. just gross.
The Cheese shop
ventura just east of laurel canyon
great sandwhiches & amazing cheese selection
ventura just west of van nuys blvd.
totally decent italian food at cheap prices; good date spot
Caioti Pizza Cafe
4346 Tujunga Ave (just south of moorpark)
while i do like their pizza (i get them to go, b/c the service is too slow) - after i made a trip to nyc, and when i came back to LA, i went for some pizza here, it just left a bad taste in my mouth, b/c it's nothing like nyc pizza. but if you're away from the east coast for a while, this pizza can taste okay.
for pizza, i too prefer NY Style thin crust non-chainey place. another pizza joint in the valley that is pretty damn good - mulberry st. on ventura down in encino.
just FYI - in hollywood - Vito's (on la cienega) & Mr. Pizza (on fairfax) - yummy ny style pizza.
The Dressing Room
their salads are okay. i love great salads, and i feel like they're always just a hit below being a great salad. i would go to La Frite for a salad around the same price and be much happier with it.
i love finding brunch places - and havent found too many in the valley -
ventura (btw. laurel canyon & colfax)
always has delicious brunch - great everything; nice coffee bar
12851 Riverside Dr (just east of coldwater canyon)
great organic brunch selection - huge tea selection; never really waited too long to eat here
4120 Ventura Blvd (just west of hazeltine)
it's whatever. totally fine. i prefer going here on non-brunch hrs. on the weekend b/c it can be obnoxiously crowded. very non-spectacular food.
i heard Aroma Cafe is a great brunch spot - havent gone yet.
Let me know if u find other good brunch spots!
A few responses to your post - Max has not been owned by Senor Fred, or vice versa, for over 2 years. And while you find Max to be overpriced, that is the going rate for high quality dining in the Valley, and it is even more expensive over the hill.
As to Kung Pao, the one in Studio City is better than the one in sherman Oaks, yet for you the convenience factor has some merit.
Totally agree with your assessments of Tiramisu and Casa Vega.
Stanleys should be added, especially for their salads, burgers, drinks, patio and overall quality and value.
By "The Cheese Shop" do you mean the Artisan Cheese Gallery?
I gotta say, I found Healthy Wok disgusting. The food and the very dirty dining room.
I love Il Tiramisu. I'm not italian, so maybe that's it. It tastes like authentic Italian to me, and I have tasted authentic. The srvice and food are top notch.
Casa Vegta is glop, but sometimes, you crave glop.
What should I try at Bronco's? I live so close, but in ten years have never tried it!
how does Sumo compare to House of Taka down the street?
Sumo is horrible. I've found their sushi to be not so fresh, and their rolls use too much mayo to mask the subpar ingredients (they also use that Sriracha sauce crap, which I think of as spicy ketchup--why would you ruin good sushi with this? Old fashioned chili oil is a much better way to "spicy" up a roll; it gives a much cleaner taste and doesn't mask or dominate the other ingredients). They used to have a guy there (Bob, I think he was the owner) who was the rudest, unfriendliest, most unwelcoming host I've ever encountered in a restaurant.
Taka is superior in every way, from the freshness of the fish, to the interesting and rolls and very friendly service (Taka himself is very nice and talkative).
i did mean "the artisan cheese gallery" - thanks!
as for Healthy Wok; i usually dont eat there, i prefer take out; but i really like their steamed chicken & brocolli dish
Bronco's has good enchiladas
I love the salmon sushi from Sumo's - i pretty much just eat that and their shrimp tempura roll. I haven't tried House of Taka - but definitely want to!
mr. GK in SO - just ripped Sumo a new A-hole, so i feel bad. but i love sumo - and have found the staff to be super friendly. they recognize me when i come in and are just really nice.
but i have been wanting to try new sushi places, so i'll have to try Taka.
Hi Miss Modular,
You have so many options to choose from, and it sounds like you've been given some pretty good places to eat. I would like to suggest "Ca Del Sole" for a nice romantic dinner. During the summertime it's nice to sit outside where many trees are lit up. It has great food, and the warm chocolate cake for dessert melts in your mouth! Additionally, the service is also great! It's located in Toluca Lake (right next door to Studio City).
My choice for a good lunch spot (but crowded) is Jumpin Java. It's on Ventura Boulevard and has great breakfast potatoes. My other choice is Aroma Cafe (aka Aroma Coffee & Tea) on Tujunga. Caitoi Pizza is a few buildings down and is also good. Ask for the Chef's special...you shouldn't be disappointed.
Ole Tapas Bar on Ventura is a good spot for good Spanish (not Mexican) food, and the atmosphere is somewhat lively. For good Mexican, my suggestion is Senor Freds also on Ventura.
For any special occassion, perhaps try Pinto Bistro, Wine Bistro or Le Petit Bistro -- all good choices for great food and great service! There is also Spark Woodfire Grill. You can't really lose with so many great restaurants and choices mostly located on Ventura Boulevard. Good luck!
I took Pinot Bistro off my list for a couple years because of some service issues, but recently decided to try it again. Within the last two months we've been twice on Sunday nights for the $29 3-course locals dinner, and the food has really been very good. Service has been ok, acceptable, not great. Where we've had problems is with getting a decent table. Still, I don't think that's insurmountable and so Pinot is back on my list.
I have to second Ole, as I went there recently and had a really tasty and delicious meal.
As for Pinot Bistrot I went with my girlfriend for Valentines day and the food was amazing and so was the service, though I have not had their normal menu. http://www.whaleofatale.net/wordpress...
1. Concur w/ Art's or Gelson's
2. Concur on Il Tiramisu; Stanley's in Sherman Oaks, The Great Greek, Spazio, La Frite, Olivia Italian, La Loggia, Ca del Sole (for a splurge in $ and distance)
3. K's Donut Emporium [Bev Glen/Ventura]; Hugo's (can get crowded), Vivian's Cafe
4. Ernie's for happy hour, Boneyard Bistro, Cozy's Bar and Grill, I'm blanking here...
5. La Fogata, Sol y Luna (yeah it's at Corbin), Leonor's, Tony's
6. Kung Pao Bistro is decent delivery; pick up from Carnival; Joe Peeps for pizza, Krua Thai
In the area, some of my faves include The Dressing Room, Nata's, Mogo's, Sompun, HealthyCa, Farm Boy (produce galore and fro yo with fresh fruit toppings), Clay Oven, Belwood Bakery
Caoiti Pizza on Tujunga, amazing. they're pressed chicken is delicious w/ truffle oil as well. The place doesn't have much atmosphere but the food is CONSISTANT and delicious. Salads, pizza, pasta, and some nice entrees. Daily special is always nice too.
for Tacos, i would say Hugo's Taco's at coldwater and riverside. Its organic and wonderful. I think... and of course Henry's Tacos at Tujunga & Moorpark. Old-fashioned 50's style tacos, i like to think of them. Hard shell, "Meat", yellow cheese, sliced tomato, iceberg lettuce, and hot sauce. YUM.
Aroma has a great breakfast burrito, but on the weekends you will have to wait. Atmosphere rox though.. Also, Vivian's on Ventura and Vineland is great as well. I also love Paty's in Toluca Lake on Riverside drive. Great whole wheat pancakes w/ walnuts. You won't really have to wait long at Paty's either.
Spark Woodfire is a great option for a date spot. Prosecco in Toluca lake. And Out Take is good.
:-) hope this helps
As mentioned upthread, for delis east of the 405 you're not going to do any better than Art's, one of the top ten in L.A. There's also Jerry's which has the advantage of being 24-hour and delivering ... some people hate it with a red-hot passion, I find it variable but convenient.
The Village Gourmet on Tujunga isn't a deli per se but an upscale food place with v.g. sandwiches to go. I recommend the chicken curry salad.
Plenty of date-friendly places, but I'd suggest Aroma Coffee and Tea (across from the Village Gourmet) which serves salads and sandwiches and which many have found to be the ultimate first-date destination:
And on the very same block is Caioti Pizza Cafe, Ed LaDou's shrine of California pizza, which also offers one of the best weekend breakfasts in the Valley. Jinky's in Sherman Oaks may be the best but it's impossibly crowded esp. on weekends.
Caioti Pizza Cafe
4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA
Aroma Coffee and Tea
4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Jerry's Famous Deli Inc Corporate Office
12711 Ventura Blvd Ste 400, Studio City, CA 91604
I used to love Aroma, the drinks and food are ok, but as of late I've found the service really bad. Way to much attitude from the order takers behind the counter.
I second Caioti for pizza and breakfast. But while the service is always friendly it's also really really slow. Doesn't matter if the place is packed or empty. So go if you have time to leisurely wait.
1. gelson's in North Hollywood or Sherman oaks or Encino, Arts in Studio City or Brent's in Northridge
2. Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks
3. HArd to find uncrowded. Try Hugo's Studio City, 4 n 20 (not fabulous, but OK), Aroma Cafe in NH, Marmalade in Sherman Oaks, Sitton's in North Hollywood or the Studio City Farmer's Market (great brekkie burritos there!)
4. Universal Bar and Grill.
5. Very little good MExican in the bigger places...look for hole in the wall. me? I make the Drive to Sabor A Mexico
6. Sushi Delivery USA, Noah's Ark middle eastern, Carnival for pick up,
I like Great Greek, Il Tiramisu, Artisan Cheese Gallery, Leda's bake Shop, Asanebo Sushi, Gangadin Indian, Simon's Cafe Moroccan, Vendome Toluca Lake wine and spirits, Gelson's Deli and Salad BAr, Boneyard Bistro and so on!
1. For Delis I would suggest Art's on Ventura (just received top honors in this month's Los Angeles magazine) or Suzanne's Country Deli off Ventura, in the Bally's shopping plaza. Suzanne's has hearty sandwiches and salads, and has great turkey subs. Not sure about their coleslaw, but I'm a sucker for their potato salad.
2. A good, affordable date place is Zach's Italian Cafe, just east of Lankershim. It's tucked away from the road in a converted house. They charge a $5 cork fee if you bring your own wine. I also like Sparks Woodfire Grill - they have a really good wine selection and most of their food is really fresh tasting and grilled healthy.
3. There are a TON of great places, but most have a decent 15-20 minute wait. My favorites are Jumpin' Java (huge pancakes), Aroma Cafe on Tujunga, and the Good Neighbor (across from the In n' out burger near Cahuenga Pass). I was just at Good Neighbor at 10am this Saturday and we had less than a 5 minute wait.
4. My favorite neighborhood bar is Timmy Nolan's on Riverside, in Toluca Lake. Not sure about their happy hour specials, but their food is surprisingly flavorful. They have great burgers, sandwiches, and even their pasta is well done for a pub. If you look around, you can find buy-one-get-one free coupons in the mail for Timmy's. I use them all the time.
5. I've had trouble finding good Mexican food in the area. Stay away from Mexicali at all costs... I've heard good things about Casa Vega and Henry's Taco's on Tujunga, but haven't braved the lines yet at either.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Awww you are sweet! Thank you. I like what I see so far. I lived in Sherman Oaks for about a year and liked it but spent most of my time eating in Burbank since I was a slave to my job. I did not venture that much out of Sherman Oaks or Van Nuys (food-wise). I spent a lot of time in my Gelson's deli grabbing stuff for the fridge.
I just added #6 delivery. Any suggestions?
I did go there (Nat's) a few times back when I lived in Sherman Oaks. That is my #1 but the wait can be a little much. I remember waiting 30 minutes for a table on a Saturday morning. Their coffee makes up for it though. Besides Nat's I wasn't all too much impressed with other breakfast joints in the area. Didn't care for Jinky's (service mostly). Hated the hype of Jerry's deli (and the wait).
I mostly grabbed chilaquiles from La Fogata or grabbed a muffin or donut from K's donut emporium just because I get very impatient in the morning before the coffee kicks in. Speaking of which...Any great donut shops in this area?
Nat's is ok but I haven't loved their breakfasts. I actually like their tuna salad at lunchtime, they don't over-mayo the tuna and it comes w/hard boiled eggs and beets. For breakfast I prefer, and don't kill me, Cafe 50's on Van Nuys Blvd. across from Solley's. This place gets a bum rap but they do a decent job with breakfast and they make a pretty good BLT also. It's not as expensive as Jinky's (which I like although the service there can be really spotty) and there's never a wait.
re: Debbie W
I really don't find Jinky's much of a draw (the Santa Monica branch) and I have been to Cafe 50's a few times, (Santa Monica Blvd. in WLA) almost always for breakfast, and it's just average, run-of-the-mill food.
I like Oaxacan food for breakfast, especially Monte Alban in WLA.
Yes they are really big sandwiches. I asked about them one day. They told me that they put a full pound of meat on those triple decker sandwiches. That's the same as two of their regular sandwiches. My husband and I have seen them being served and they are huge. We haven't ordered them because we usually go on Sundays for our fish and egg brunch. Their overall prices are about the same as all of the other delis in the city.