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Moving to North Hollywood - need restaurant tips!

BlondD Feb 26, 2008 11:30 AM

I currently live near the Grove and love the variety of food and restaurants nearby. However, moving to NoHo and need suggestions of all kinds. All ethnicities, good restaurants (from $ - $$$), good food finds, maybe even bars or lounges?

Help a city girl out!!!

  1. wyatt3290 Mar 10, 2008 05:00 PM

    Joe Peep's (Whitsett & Magnolia)
    Henry's tacos (Moorpark & Tujunga)

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    1. re: wyatt3290
      maxzook Mar 12, 2008 09:01 AM

      How could I have forgotten Henry's? One of those places that's been there so long you always take it for granted.

      Henry's Tacos
      11401 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602

    2. maxzook Feb 27, 2008 12:50 PM

      As I said upthread, this is not Chinese food country. I doubt I've been to Kung Pao Bistro in twenty years. Do they still have Mongolian lamb? If so, I should check them out.

      Next door to Caioti is the Gelato Bar, maybe the best in the Valley.

      In addition to their damn fine pies Four 'n Twenty actually has a damn fine hamburger, although I agree the rest of the food menu is subpar.

      I'd forgotten about Iroha, which I think is the first place at which I ever ate sushi, almost thirty years ago. And Tokyo Delve is a lot of fun.

      Joe Peep's has good pizza but I've had some serious problems with their service (pickups as well as delivery). Mazzarino's at Riverside and Coldwater has always been much better on all counts -- they're rebuilding after a fire so keep your eyes open for their reopening.

      I ate lunch at Sitton's at least three times a week for almost ten years. It's one of those love-it-or-hate-it places -- good simple coffee-shop food but a very old place, I've heard others complain of cucarachas but I have never seem any problems. YMMV.

      RIP Hortobagy (I think they still have their sign up)

      Mazzarino's Italian Restaurant
      12920 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91423

      Four'n 20 Restaurant Grill
      4723 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

      Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's)
      11329 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

      Gelato Bar Wholesale & Retail
      4342 1/2 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

      Iroha Sushi of Tokyo
      12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      Kung Pao Bistro
      11402 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      Tokyo Delve's Sushi Bar
      5239 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

      10 Replies
      1. re: maxzook
        hpcat Feb 27, 2008 01:27 PM

        FYI, the Hortobagy people are now running Csardas in Hollywood. It's essentially the same menu, maybe even expanded a bit. Melrose near Vine.

        1. re: maxzook
          Debbie W Feb 27, 2008 01:34 PM

          It doesn't seem like Mazzarino's is rebuilding. They were supposed to open last fall. No activity can be seen.

          Dino's on the corner of Burbank and Hollywood Way has good pizzas and sandwiches.

          Tortas Mexico on Ventura around Vineland is decent.

          I also wholeheartedly endorse Little Toni's for reasonably priced old-school red sauce Italian and pizzas.

          Cedar House cafe on Riverside and Whitsett is pretty good Middle Eastern though I prefer Carnival.

          1. re: Debbie W
            maxzook Feb 27, 2008 02:27 PM

            The phone message for Mazzarino's says they are rebuilding and will reopen.

            Of course, the phone message for Maximillian's (Tujunga/Weddington) still doesn't admit that the place has been closed since August 2006. So you never know, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

            1. re: maxzook
              maxzook Oct 23, 2009 10:35 AM

              Mazzarino's has FINALLY reopened as of 10/16/2009!

          2. re: maxzook
            BlondD Feb 27, 2008 06:21 PM

            I used to go to Hortobagy's as a kid and LOVED it. But more than that - I am loving all of the suggestions! Thank you everyone!

            1. re: BlondD
              Servorg Feb 27, 2008 07:09 PM

              If you really want to effectively thank all those who supplied you with recommendations all you have to do is return to the board and let us know where you end up going, what you ate and how you liked (or didn't like) what you and your family / friends end up dining on.

              1. re: Servorg
                COYS N17 Feb 27, 2008 09:21 PM

                I really like the breakfast/lunch spot EAT (Ned's prior) on Magnolia. The best patty melt. Larry's Hot Dogs on Burbank Blvd is the best dog in town...

            2. re: maxzook
              carter Feb 27, 2008 09:24 PM

              Since Kung Pao has been in Studio City for only around 10-11 years, then it is apparent you have never been there. Try it, you will like it way more than anything called City Wok, especially the seafood and the soups. Shrimp and scallops are my favorite entrees and they are always prepared properly. If you do not see a preparation that appeals to you, yet you see items on the menu that would combine with either, then ask for a dish featuring what you are really wanting to eat. They are quite flexible in their approach to specials, as long as the ingredients are in the building.

              1. re: carter
                maxzook Feb 28, 2008 08:43 AM

                My bad. I was thinking of Uncle Tai's, which used to be a block away where Tama Sushi is now located.

                I will definitely check out Kung Pao Bistro.

                1. re: maxzook
                  roasted138 Mar 10, 2008 04:06 PM

                  Kung Pao Bistro is good, but I'd say a was better value is Chinese Deli T & D at the corner of Camarillo and Lankershim and Vineland. It's mostly a Takeout and delivery place as the name implies, but everything there is quite good and you get a great amount of fresh food for the money. Some of my favorites are the orange flavor combination, BBQ pork fried rice, and their cheese fried wontons.

            3. Das Ubergeek Feb 27, 2008 11:46 AM

              An older post, so make sure these places still exist (I have since moved to Orange County): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334085 -- read down to the second reply.

              1. d
                Diana Feb 27, 2008 11:27 AM

                Don't forget to explore nearby Toluca lake, Universal City, Studio City and Van Nuys

                I like
                El Katracho honduran
                Ca' Dario
                Cafe Caoti
                The Robin Hood English Pub
                Pica Rico
                Asanebo sushi
                Gelson's deli, hot bar, soup bar and salad bar
                4 and 20 pies (JUST for the pies)
                Artisan Cheese gallery
                Vendome for wine and beer tastings
                The Vegan plate
                Il Tiramisu
                Leda's Cupcakes
                Hugo's (mentioned already)
                Carnival middle eastern
                Belwood bakery
                Cafe Eilat
                Sushi Delivery USA
                Studio City yogurt
                The Italian Middle Eastern Deli

                99 Ranch Market's fish service, hot foods and Sam Woo next door. Also either of the nearby duelling pho places

                Boneyard Bistro

                Simon's Place (moroccan)

                The Coffee Roaster for coffee

                Art's Deli for mega sandwiches

                3 Replies
                1. re: Diana
                  Servorg Feb 27, 2008 01:12 PM

                  And also in Toluca Lake the newish D'Cache for small plates, (billing itself as Latin fusion / tapas food) and live entertainment:


                  1. re: Servorg
                    maxzook Feb 27, 2008 01:22 PM

                    Has anyone tried this place? I happen to be looking for a good place for a business lunch for tomorrow and this sounds ideal. (Not to mention it's walking distance from my office)

                    1. re: maxzook
                      Servorg Feb 27, 2008 01:25 PM

                      Not me, unfortunately, Max. If you do go one of these days I'll be very interested in reading your take on it.

                2. Emme Feb 27, 2008 09:09 AM

                  Funny I'm moving *to* your neck of the woods this week... a bit north and west of you, but close!

                  Agree w/ rec for Hugo's and Caioti.

                  In Sherman Oaks, Carnival is good for fast Middle Eastern, as well as the Pita Kitchen farther west on Van Nuys.

                  A little west on Ventura is Stanley's, great for a nice patio dinner with healthy options and California fare.

                  For sushi, I'm more a fan of Tama and Iroha.

                  Minibar on Cahuenga for tapas.

                  For decent Americanized Chinese, I like that Kung Pao Bistro is dietary accommodating.

                  Aroma for desserts

                  Aromi for gelato and desserts on Ventura

                  Nata's Pastries on Ventura in Sherman Oaks, as is Leda's

                  Hugos Tacos across from Hugo's

                  Four'n'20 on Laurel

                  Ca del Sol

                  Joe Peeps (Blue Collar Pizza)

                  Tokyo Delve's just for frickin fun

                  NOHO Sitton Diner

                  Hot Spot Cafe


                  1. maxzook Feb 27, 2008 08:22 AM

                    Welcome to the neighborhood, and don't despair ... no less an authority than Jonathan Gold has predicted that North Hollywood will be the next L.A. foodie mecca. (A few of my choices are bleeding into Studio City, if that matters)

                    Favorite pizza: Caioti, the shrine to the late great Ed LaDou on Tujunga south of Moorpark. Runner-up: Pitfire at Magnolia and Lankershim.

                    Favorite Italian (old school): Little Toni's at Lankershim/Camarillo/Vineland (also a decent pizza)

                    Favorite cafe/nouveau Italian: Eclectic

                    Favorite French (nouveau): Barsac; (old school) Le Petit Chateau, possibly the best beef Wellington in the city.

                    Favorite Indian: Salomi, five doors north of Pitfire, the late George Harrison's favorite L.A. restaurant.

                    Favorite sushi: Nozawa on Ventura Blvd., home of the "sushi Nazi" (an unfair label, but you really oughta go omakase)

                    Favorite burger (cheap): Fat Jack's at Ventura and Tujunga, the best place to go after you've been thrown out of Nozawa for asking for California rolls.

                    Favorite pub/pricy burger: Fox & Hound

                    Favorite Chinese (of a weak selection): City Wok.

                    Favorite gyros and falafel: Hy Mart

                    Favorite healthy food: HealthyCA (weekday lunch only)

                    Favorite BBQ: Swinging Door at Vineland and Vanowen

                    Favorite Thai: Sanamluang on Sherman Way west of the 170, which is a mini-Thai Town

                    Favorite Hungarian: Hortobagy on Ventura

                    I'm going to punt on Mexican 'cause my longtime local fave (Poquito Mas on Magnolia) has gone downhill. I know there are a lot of good holes-in-the-wall mostly north of Burbank Blvd. but I'll leave it to others to tip you off.


                    Sushi Nozawa
                    11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Caioti Pizza Cafe
                    4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Salomi Indian & Bangladesh Restaurant
                    5225 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                    Eclectic Wine Bar & Grille
                    5156 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                    Fox and Hounds
                    11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Little Toni's
                    4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    4724 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    Fat Jacks
                    11402 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                    The Swinging Door Texas BBQ
                    11018 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                    Pitfire Pizza Company
                    5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                    Le Petit Chateau Restaurant
                    4615 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    Barsac Brasserie
                    4212 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    City Wok
                    10949 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Hortobagy Hungarian Restaurant
                    11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                    Hy Mart
                    4762 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    Sanam Luang Cafe
                    12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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                    1. re: maxzook
                      carter Feb 27, 2008 11:15 AM

                      Couple of comments - Hortobagy has been closed for over one year and Minibar just closed as well.
                      Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City for much better Chinese than City Wok, especially their seafood items, soups, lamb dishes, etc. Avoid appetizers though.
                      Tried Petite Chateau twice, which was once more than I should have. Expensive enough, but from an old world school focus, with customers to match.
                      Many Thai restaurants on sherman way between Bellaire & Fulton, mostly all quite good, except Sunshine which I found disappointing.
                      Best restaurants in the greater area are Max, Mistral and Boneyard Bistro for me, with the first two diagonally across the corner from each other on Ventura Blvd. at Dixie Canyon, while the Boneyard is a few blocks west thereof, all in the eastern portion of Sherman Oaks.

                      1. re: carter
                        Will Owen Feb 27, 2008 01:01 PM

                        "Tried Petite Chateau twice, which was once more than I should have. Expensive enough, but from an old world school focus, with customers to match." Which is exactly what some of us look for - not the expensive part, the old-school part. And a preponderance of elderly customers generally precludes my pet dislikes, i.e. swarms of rug rats and loud music.

                        The below-mentioned NoHo Sitton's Diner gets mixed reviews, several from me. For middle-American plate-lunch food, it's pretty good stuff for reasonable - I got some liver with onions and bacon that made me happy for a week. OTOH, I have sat for almost ten minutes with a waitress directly in front of me but looking right through me, apparently willing me out of existence - non-regulars, I've noticed, tend to get ignored sometimes.

                    2. rednyellow Feb 26, 2008 05:14 PM

                      Its been about 7 years since I lived in NoHo, but places I liked were Baresac Brasserie on Lankershim near Moorepark, Le Petit Chateau also on Lankershim by the 134 Philley Chease Steak on Magnolia. There are lots of nicer places along ventura in Studio city and Sherman Oaks too.

                      1. Servorg Feb 26, 2008 04:13 PM

                        Hugo's. They are calling it Studio City but the zip code says "Valley Village" which is the part of NoHo that was renamed in an effort to raise property values.


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                          hpcat Feb 26, 2008 02:45 PM

                          I can definitely recommend Skaf's (lebanese) on the corner of Laurel Canyon and Oxnard. Also, there are many Thai restaurants along Sherman Way near Coldwater. Check out Krua Thai and Swan Thai. For Chinese near that same location is BBQ Unlimited. There's also a Peruvian place near there that I can't speak to. For ramen there Kyushu Ramen on Sherman Way west of Sepulveda. There also used to be a French bakery over there, but it's been many years now since I lived over that way. There are many posts on barbeque in the valley, as well as other cuisines.

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