Casual restaurants in Woodland Hills vicinity
I will be staying in Woodland Hills for about a week in the near future and would like some recs. for casual, moderately priced restaurants. Mainly interested in American/continental cuisine. Any places I should not miss?
For lunch or dinner I like Gorikee, hidden in the back of a shopping mall. Good food, creative and tasty menu at a reasonable price and friendly staff.
21799 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
Hours: Tue.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.; Sun. 5-9 p.m.
Actually the La Frite is in Woodland Hills on Ventura west of the 101 freeway crossover.
Gorikee is very good and my non-chain favorite in the area.
If a steak or similar steakhouse fare might be of interest, Ruth's Chris, Fleming's and Arnie Morton's all have locations in Warner Center area of Woodland Hills, meaning north of the 101 Freeway.
Roy's of Hawaii might be another good suggestion. Common ownership with Fleming's, and located next door on Topanga Canyon at Victory.
I like Gaucho Grill (Canoga & Victory), it's a mini-chain of Argentinian places. Good fresh fish entrees, nice casual atmosphere, beer & wine.
I live here...here are my suggestions.
Another vote for Gorikee - great food, reasonable prices
The Baker - wonderful bread and nice breakfasts/lunches. If you go for breakfast, have the Shakshuka eggs.
Red Balls NY Pizza - thin crust, handmade pizza and pizza rolls (kinda like calzone). Crazy rock & roll atmosphere.
The Habit - Our favorite local hamburger joint. The salads are good, too.
Chick's - Rotisserie chicken cooked in a wood-burning oven.
Monty's - a bit pricier, but this is a good local steakhouse. I love the fried pickles as an appetizer. If you go at happy hour, you can just buy drinks and eat the free happy hour snacks (including shrimp cocktail if you're lucky). Flemings and Ruth Chris have good meat, but Monty's is more fun IMHO.
If you are interested in chains...
Corner Bakery in Calabasas (could be near you depending what part of Woodland Hills you are visiting - it's not too far from the Marriott)
Damon & Pythias in Calabasas - local chain with salads and sandwiches
Topanga Plaza mall has a great food court with many options, and the atmosphere is a step up from most mall food courts. The Farm of Beverly Hills is a restaurant in this mall with good American food. There is also a California Pizza Kitchen here.