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EIF1lady Jan 23, 2008 07:57 PM

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?

  1. Golem Jan 25, 2008 01:17 PM

    Good recs, so far. I also like the chain restaurants. Cheesecake Factory on Canoga next to the Hilton, is, a Cheesecake Factory. I love it. Also, PF Chang's, across the street from the Mariott Hotel.

    Also, in the Promenade Mall is the Rack. Pool Tables, a bar, and very nicely priced food. The Rack is great for relaxed atmosphere.

    Finally, BJs on Canoga, near the Hilton. Sports on TV, micro-beers, and oh yes, the food...hey, it's a sports bar. Pizzas, burgers, and a very decent fish taco dish.

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      Diana Jan 25, 2008 01:32 PM

      The one fabulous thing at BJ's, besides the beer (Tatonka! Yummy!) is the Pizookie.

      then again, you can make it so easily at home. But a chocolate chip Pizookie with vanilla ice cream goes so well with stout!

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      pgarey Jan 25, 2008 01:06 PM

      I live in WH, too. I second vote for Baker and Grandpa Fred's. Both are family-run businesses with good quality food. Also recently opened is California Chicken Cafe, at the corner of Shoup and Ventura Bl. They do excellent rotisserie chicken; and their sides are good - especially the roasted potatoes and their asian slaw. Very good value and quality. A very utilitarian place ... don't expect cloth napkins. (Closed Sun).

      1. Emme Jan 24, 2008 09:48 PM

        Some good suggestions here...

        If you're interested in vegetarian, try Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, or Follow Your Heart

        For some decent breakfast fare in Encino, More than Waffles

        For a greasy spoon, Bobby's Coffee Shop

        You're also close to Brent's Deli, a must in Northridge

        If you just want a quick salad, try the salad bar at Whole Foods on Ventura (I know, it's just a salad bar, but it's quick and most items healthy)

        In Encino also, Chili My Soul, and next door is Salads Galore.

        Alcazar in Encino

        I used to like Villa Piacere, but have heard it's not the same... perhaps others can comment that have been more recently

        For a quick, healthy lunch, try the Chicken plates at California Pita and Grill, and the frozen yogurt in there-something about their machines- is really creamy

        King's Fish House in Calabasas

        La Frite

        For a great donut, head down Topanga Canyon to Blinkie's Donut Emporium

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          bakersdozen Jan 25, 2008 12:30 AM

          Grandpa Fred's on Victory is decent for BBQ.
          Brother's sushi on Ventura near Canoga is decent.

        2. purplescout Jan 24, 2008 02:55 PM

          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.

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            Servorg Jan 24, 2008 02:57 PM

            Is Monty's still extant?

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              purplescout Jan 24, 2008 02:59 PM

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

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                Servorg Jan 24, 2008 03:50 PM

                And Pasadena passed on too.

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                  compucook Jan 24, 2008 04:50 PM

                  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.
                  http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/...

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            markn Jan 24, 2008 10:41 AM

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

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              Diana Jan 24, 2008 07:45 AM

              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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                carter Jan 24, 2008 08:58 AM

                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.

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                  Diana Jan 24, 2008 10:00 AM

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

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                sel Jan 24, 2008 07:13 AM

                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.

                Gorikee
                21799 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
                818-932-9149
                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.

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                  omakase Jan 24, 2008 02:21 AM

                  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.

                  KATE MANTILINI
                  5921 Owensmouth Ave.
                  Woodland Hills

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                    paso_gurl_100 Jan 24, 2008 09:47 AM

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

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                      Diana Jan 24, 2008 09:59 AM

                      Yep, Kate M's was Houston's

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                        markn Jan 24, 2008 10:32 AM

                        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.

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