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Jan 23, 2008 07:57 PM

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?

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  1. I've always enjoyed Kate Mantilini for American comfort food - soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and lots more. Nice bar!! Comfy booths. Surprisingly quiet when I've been, usually between 5:00 and 7:00 on a weekday. Open all day too.

    5921 Owensmouth Ave.
    Woodland Hills

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    1. re: omakase

      Did Kate Mantilini's use to be Houston's? and Milano?

        1. re: paso_gurl_100

          It used to be Houston's. Milano was in a different place and I believe is still there, although it's been a while since I was over there.

          And my advice would be to avoid KM at all costs unless you want mediocre, ridiculously overpriced food and watered down drinks.

      1. 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.

        1. Gorikee is nice!
          also in the area is Brandywine (not moderate)
          The mall on Topanga supposedly has some nice dining options, like the French market Cafe.
          Nearby Tarzana has more options, like La Frite.

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          1. re: Diana

            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.

            1. re: carter

              I wouldn't call Flemings or Roy's "Moderately Priced"

          2. I like Gaucho Grill (Canoga & Victory), it's a mini-chain of Argentinian places. Good fresh fish entrees, nice casual atmosphere, beer & wine.

            1. I live 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.

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                1. re: Servorg

                  Yes, the one in Woodland Hills lives on.
                  The one in Westwood is long gone.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      In the Topanga Mall there's an upscale Mexican place called Amaranta. While it's not cheap they have a full bar and very good food. My shrimp were fabulous as was DH's enchiladas. Give it a try.