Moving to North Hollywood - need restaurant tips!
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!!!
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.
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.
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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.
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
4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4724 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
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
4212 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
10949 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Hortobagy Hungarian Restaurant
11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA
4762 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Sanam Luang Cafe
12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
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.
"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.