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Hilcat Feb 7, 2008 07:45 AM

Hi, everyone! This is my first post to Chowhound. I recently moved here from Atlanta, Georgia, and use your thoughts to find great new dineries (and avoid the bad ones <g>).

Atlanta has a couple of noodle house chains, one is "Doc Chey's", the other is "Mama Fu's". Both are new-trendy, with a pan-Asian menu. The menus are designed for suburbia, not Oriental-food-philes.

Anything like that here in the SFV? I'm specifically in North Hollywood. I'm looking for someplace I can take my picky-eater nephews to.

Thanks,
Hilcat

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    hpcat Mar 12, 2008 04:34 PM

    I used to frequent the Mandarin Deli on Reseda Blvd in Northridge. Does anyone know if it's still there? I know the Chinatown one closed. They had good cold noodle with sesame. I also like the Thai noodles at Krau Thai and Sanamluang on Sherman Way in N. Hollywood. I'd also second the ramen at Kyushu Ramen. I prefer it to the one on Reseda.

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    1. re: hpcat
      Debbie W Mar 12, 2008 04:49 PM

      Mandarin Deli on Reseda Blvd. is still there.

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      Mandarin Deli Restaurant
      9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

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      Hilcat Mar 11, 2008 09:57 AM

      Wow, thank you all for the many suggestions. Noodle Planet does sound like what I was looking for, and Westwood is well within my "travel circle". And the other places sound interesting too.

      I have eaten at PF Chang's - it was a bit LOUD for my tastes/ears (but my mother loved it.) And the place at Topanga Plaza was OK, but just OK.

      But you've given me many new places to try, and I'll enjoy the exploring.

      And yes, I will try some of the true Asian places mentioned elsewhere at Chowhound, when I'm somewhat in their vicinity.

      Y'all are great <g>!

      Hilary

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        ElsieDee Mar 12, 2008 12:12 PM

        Please keep us updated on your explorations; also, if you make it to Noodle Planet I'd be very interested in hearing your take on the food - it's a place that I've considered taking non-adventurous visitors but we've always ended-up elsewhere, somehow.

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          Hilcat May 17, 2008 12:53 AM

          I've now been to Noodle Planet twice. I timed my visits when I had other business in the area, and tried to avoid the busiest times (parking is a challenge.) Weekends mid-day, both times we found on-street parking a block or two down.

          I enjoyed both my visits, and my brother, who is a 16-oz-steak kind of guy, also enjoyed his "light lunch".

          Both times I ordered "spicy" dishes and they were indeed spicy. Spicy Laht Tah, and Spicy Yakisoba. I enjoyed both. Ingredients were fresh, veggies tasty, and portions were ample.

          Decor is industrial modern - polished concrete floors, a lot of stainless steel.

          Important note: Cash only.

          I do plan on going again, and bringing friends.

          Hilcat

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            ElsieDee May 18, 2008 02:06 AM

            Thanks for the update, Hilcat - and especially for noting the cash only policy!

            Did you eat at the one in Monterey Park or the one in Westwood?

      2. ladius Mar 8, 2008 08:29 AM

        Try Koraku in Sherman Oaks (NEC Van Nuys and Ventura), in the same plaza with El Torito). They are a ramen house but serve other entrees as well. I had their steak dish which arrived on those sizzling skillets and a huge pat of garlic butter. Not bad. My wife enjoyed the combo ramen but I didn't think much of it.

        If you have not tried pho, I highly reocmmend Pho So 1 in Van Nusy (NEC Victory & Sepulveda). Pho is Vietnamese noodle soup. Excellent. Egg rolls are good too and they have entrees as wel.

        1. ElsieDee Mar 6, 2008 11:25 PM

          Hi Hilcat and welcome to the grand metro-L.A. area!

          First, I agree with many of the other posters and would encourage you to venture forth and delve into some of the (many!) excellent Asian restaurants in the area - you're bound to find crave-worthy food, I promise.

          That all being said, I am very familiar with the joys of picky (at least when it comes to food) relatives and friends - it can be challenging to find restaurants that can appeal to everyone and I do understand the need to have "safe" options that will make the picky folk feel like they're being adventurous and will still have decent choices for those truly more adventurous.

          I don't know if I would take picky relatives to Daisy Mint (in Pasadena) - I love the restaurant, but I think that the spicing might be a tad on the exotic side.

          After looking at the menu for Doc Chey's, I think you might be looking for something like Noodle Planet (http://www.thai-food.com/noodleplanet/pgs/about.htm ) - one in Monterey Park and the other in Westwood. I've not been there and can't vouch for the food one way or the other, but it might be worth asking about here.

          Er, I just saw that I'd also bookmarked Noodle World (location in Pasadena) - the menu looks pretty much identical to the one for Noodle Planet and I think that they must be related. Here's a link to that site: http://www.noodleworld.com/ .

          There's also Teri and Yaki: http://www.teriandyaki.com/ (only had take out from there once and had a bad head cold at the time, so I don't think I can really comment on the flavors); maybe Hurry Curry for Japanese curry; possibly something like Tokyo Table? Would your nephews be willing to try dim sum?

          Oh, another idea might be Panda Inn in Pasadena - it's the original restaurant by the folks who started the "Panda Express" places - I've actually had decent, Americanized-Chinese food there (http://www.pandainn.com/ ) - and then there's also Pei Wei which has a pan-Asian menu (haven't eaten there myself) http://www.peiwei.com/ .

          Hope some of this helps!

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            b0ardkn0t Mar 6, 2008 07:06 PM

            You're post is very odd, requesting food like "Doc Chey's", especially in a metro area where the best asian food in the country can be had. PF Chang's as the other poster added. If you want to try another chain why not Pick up Stix(Pad Thai, Won Ton soup), I believe the closest location near you would be Studio City, Granada Hills, or Calabasas. If not perhaps try Daisy Mint in Pasadena (not SFV, but close enough)

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              Diana Feb 7, 2008 10:39 AM

              In Van Nuys there is Kyushu Ramen. I like it a lot. I love the Chanpon!

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                Hilcat Mar 3, 2008 11:54 AM

                I got to Kyushu Ramen the other day. Pretty good. Didn't try the Chanpon, only because I don't eat pork. Hard to find - the sign isn't in English. It's next (and part of) the sushi place, which does have an English sign.

                Someone else recommended NIPPON RAMEN, on Reseda Blvd, one block south of Hart, in a strip mall on the east side of the street. I'll probably try that next week.

                I am surprised there are so few in the Valley - I figured they'd be common. Who knew Atlanta was more advanced than Los Angeles <g>??

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                  Diana Mar 3, 2008 12:03 PM

                  it isn't (laugh) Atlanta is Smaller! Not being rude, I was born there! LA is simply vaster, thus, ehthnic communities have more options for where to go. The SFV just doens't have the highest concentration of Japanese families.

                  For Ramen Houses in more abundance, head to Sawtelle Blvd, Little Tokyo, or Torrance! More of a Japanese population in that part of LA

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                    Hilcat Mar 3, 2008 03:26 PM

                    Yes, Atlanta is definitely smaller, which ain't necessarily a bad thing. But, you see, I wasn't looking for a true Japanese Experience. I was looking for a menu geared toward Suburbia, with a menu completely in English, and a mix of different cuisines - here's the menu for Doc Chey's: <http://www.doccheys.com/menu/>. These places offer Thai, Japanese, Chinese, etc. all on the same menu, and good salads too.
                    Maybe I need to write to the corporate office and suggest they open one here . . . .

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                      Diana Mar 4, 2008 07:00 AM

                      Please no, we don't need faux noodle houses!

                      Go down to Little Tokyo or Torrance, the menus will be in English and are geared towards suburbia. Ja[an is a worldly country.

                      When you asked for a noodle house, I figured you'd want the REAL thing!

                      When I want Thai, Chinese or such, I go to Thai r Chinese places. Pleaces that offer a bunch of differnt styles seem to me to usually do NONE of them very well!

                      I loved Atlanta. I really miss it, even though it ahs changes so much since I left!

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                        Hilcat Mar 6, 2008 03:32 PM

                        Actually, if you read my original query, I did specifically ask for "pan-asian", "new-trendy" "Suburbia", and picky-nephew friendly. I specifically said I wasn't looking for "the real thing" <g>.

                        But if we have so many true noodle houses already, even if I do have to travel across town, why not a combo place or two? Why can't we have a place where I can order pad thai, and my friends can order a grilled salmon salad or teriyaki udon?

                        Hilary

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                          Debbie W Mar 6, 2008 04:00 PM

                          I suppose you could go to P.F. Chang's at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, though I wouldn't recommend the food. It might work for a picky nephew (I have one of those myself and he usually wants to go to Islands for cheese fries and a chocolate shake).

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                            Diana Mar 7, 2008 05:28 PM

                            Maybe a mall food court? Try the Westfield monster on Topanga Canyon. Very suburban vanilla bland for americans flavors in mall food courts! You can find a panda express, some sort of faux noodle house, boardwalk fries, hot dog on a stick, korean ish, california "cuisine", sorta mexican, cokkie shops, "pretzels" and stuff.

                            The Topanga Maul food court even has actual tasty food, too.

                            Everyone can go to a differenet counter, then bring their trays back to the table. Then you could hit up the Stinkberry stand on the wy out, and maybe browse a few stores.

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                      Akitist Mar 3, 2008 12:19 PM

                      We generally prefer Nippon Ramen to Kyushu. There's another place over in the Sherman Oaks/Encino area on Ventura, but it is, or was, pretty blah. Not recommended.

                      Other than sushi, the Valley isn't the hot spot for Japanese cuisine. Thai is a very different story. Since you're in NoHo you could take a ride on the Metro, exit at the Civic Center station and hoof it over to Little Tokyo. Orochon, in Weller Court has some eye-opening ramen. Lots of other restos there with different types of food.

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                    pizzafreak Feb 7, 2008 09:04 AM

                    In one word, no. Read what our ramen guru, Rameniac has to say. If you do go to Mitsuwa Marketplace, in Mar Vista, you will find what you are looking for.

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/475391

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