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Feb 7, 2008 09:18 AM

Lunch Choices in Woodland Hills/Warner Center area?

is the woodland hills/warner center area a tragic abyss of just chain restaurants like cheesecake factory; tgfi and the like? or are there some viable lunch choices.

Please enlighten with your favorite lunch destinations.


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  1. Both are chains but I like Gaucho Grill and BJ's.

    1. There are plenty of independent restaurants like Gorikee and Indian restaurant in the same Ralphs shopping center between ventura blvd and oxnard street. Also there is Pizza Cookery that makes very good sandwiches, pizzas, and salads in the Toysrus and Staples shopping center across from Citibank. In addition, there is family owned restaurant called Grandpa Freds BBQ between Desoto and Canoga Ave which makes very good ribs and bbq chicken sandwiches.

      1. for certain comfort food things, i like kate mantilini, along with an egg white veggie omelette.

        for a fast healthy inexpensive lunch, the chicken plate at California Pita on Ventura Blvd in the same center as Jerry's, and the Wow Cow french vanilla yogurt they serve is one of the best whips (each machine has its own character i believe) in the city.

        love the salad bar at the Whole Foods at Canoga

        brothers sushi

        if i want a healthy salad or grilled veggie plate w/ blackened shrimp, i'll head to CPK

        for a greasy spoon, bobby's coffee shop.

        for a quick salad, daphne's.

        1. There is a new middle eastern or israeli market down Ventura near Bobby's. I wonder if they have a deli? Anyone been in?

          Beyond that, I second the Whole foods deli/prepped foods/salad bar. Last time I went, they had some killer burgers on the hot bar. The buns were kept seperate.

          La Frite is sorta near there.

          there is Gyu Kakau and that newish classy mexican place in the re-done mall, and a darn good food court which also has a Farm of Beverly Hills.

          BJ's isn't too lousy for lunch in a pinch.

          there's a Hamburger Habit or something like it near there.

          Roy's and Fleming's are both next to each other on topanga, North of them you can find India's sweets and spices, Red Balls Pizza.

          In Nearby Canoga park is the Follow Your Heart health food market and cafe (YUM!)

          The Saddle Ranch Chop house is near there.

          Is Anarbagh open for lunch? The service is not great, but the food is yummy. You could get take out.

          I woud say Snapper Jon's, but it closed (boo! HIss!)

          Gorikee has one of the best burgers in town, the wimpy burger ONLY at lunch.

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          1. re: Diana

            That newish classy mexican place in the mall is Amaranta and I highly recommend it. The only thing is fighting the urge to not have a fresh fruit margaritas in the middle of the day!

            1. re: Diana

              Has anyone tried the new Kabab place that replaced Snapper Jon's? Or the Chinese footrub place that just opened in the same stripmall?

            2. I'm a low-end kind of hound, so if you don't mind a "B" or a "C" in the window, you can get great grub at:
              --India's Sweets & Spices (Sherman Way & TCB) Indian vegetarian cafeteria
              --El Tapatio (Jordan & Sherman Way) carnitas/pastor tacos y burritos
              --Red Balls Pizza (TCB & Vanowen) NY-style pizza
              --La Coronita (Canoga & Vanowen) chile rojo