Good lunch places in Woodland Hills area?
I work in Woodland Hills and wish there were more Chowhound-friendly restaurants out this way. Does anyone know of any?
Here's something in return: I did find (though a bit far for a quick lunch run) a great Chinese place specializing in barbecue, but having great salt and pepper squid, boba, and congee, in Van Nuys. It's on the east side of Sepulveda north of Victory in the Ranch 99 strip mall. It's great and authentic.
liz - have you been to villa piacere on ventura blvd. close to topanga canyon? it's got a nice, comfortable atmosphere. not all of the food stands out but the filet mignon is excellent. granted, it costs a few bucks.
sierra's is a pretty good mexican restaurant on canoga.
there are several good restaurants in sherman oaks like pinot bistro & bistro garden (ahi tuna & chocolate souffle are wonderful)
Brother's Sushi on Ventura near Canoga has a strong following. Also, there is a branch of Chinatown's Yang Chow on Topanga near Victory. I don't think this Yang Chow is near as good as downtown, but you might want to check it out.
BTW, the place on Sepulveda you're referring to is Sam Woo BBQ. It's part of a chain and, while it is certainly authentic, many of the dishes are uneven. And, damnit, they don't serve beer!