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Hi all,

Can anyone recommend good places to eat in the Santa Clarita Valley that aren't chains? One place my wife and I really enjoy is The German Place in Newhall. Good food made with love. We're looking for similar type places, particularly if they're friendly to young children (we have a 7 month old). Thanks.

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  1. I really enjoy L.B. Mulligan's on Tournament. Its in a little plaza. Homemade soups, I really liked the broccoli and cheese soup, nice and creamy. The tortilla soup was also very flavorful. They have steaks, chicken, as well as sandwiches. I like their Reuben much better than a local deli's. They also have good fried artichokes as an appetizer. Very reasonable prices.

    They are not a chain, and the wait staff are very nice. One night when my steak wasn't cooked right, the waitress noticed it and insisted on bringing a new one.

    Its never been that busy when I've been in there, I think kids would be fine.

    Another place I like in that same plaza is Manee House, its a Thai restaurant. I think its much fresher and better quality food than the Thai Dishes.

    I went to Cathy's Deli once, two months ago and the food was good and I was happy it was there, however a search of the LA Health Dept. ratings now reveals its gone down to a C, so I won't be eating there anytime soon.

    I like Don Cuco's On Lyons in the Von's plaza. Reasonable prices and more authentic mexican than places like Baja Fresh and Cabo Cabana.

    Once place I had a bad experience at and will not go again is Pasta Grill on Lyons. There were several blatant mispellings on the menu, and on the specials board. We got pizza and it tasted like the cheese was spoiled.

    Telly's Drive-In on Bouquet Canyon Road is a little diner type place. Everything from breakfast to souvlaki and milkshakes. I got a cheesesteak sub that was great. Nice soft roll, no fat at all on the steak, I asked for and received it without onions, which I was doubtful would happen.

    If I think of more, I'll add them. I can't wait to try the German place you mentioned. If there are other places you like, let me know. I've been trying to find non-chain food around here.

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    1. re: LisaN

      Telly's is on Sierra, not Bouquet.

      1. re: PHIL

        There are two of them, the one I'm referring to is on Bouquet. It was in the front of a small strip mall, just before a Mobil station.

      2. re: LisaN

        Thanks for the tips everyone. I ate at Mulligan's a couple of years ago but I had forgotten about it. Chi Chi's has been a staple for years. My wife had her first job at the one in Northridge.

        La Chen is good, but it's more for special occasions.

        Don Cuco's is O.K., but it reminds me a lot of El Torito. For great mexican food there's nothing like Las Fuentes in Reseda. I've never had a bad meal there.

        There is a small mexican place on Sierra Highway north of Soledad. I can't think of the name right now but it was recommended to me.

        Backwoods Inn is good but not great.

        I'll post more too as I think of them.

        Cheers.

      3. Have you tried Chi Chi's (one at the corner of Bouquet and Soledad or one on Sierra Highway off of the 14)? The pizza is out of this world and the pasta dishes aren't too bad either. It's a great place for kids and families. Casual, cheap, and good!

        1. I remembered another place.

          Mandarin Wong on Lyons in Lyons Plaza A mix if chinese dishes, thai, japanese and vietnamese. Good fresh ingredients, not real heavy and greasy like some other places.

          I really like their kung pao veggies.

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          1. re: LisaN

            Mandarin Wong changed hands and the food has gone downhill. Was comparable to Grand Panda at cheaper prices but it has lost its edge

            1. re: LisaN

              ok lets be real..Santa Clarita is not a culinary heaven however lets talk about what works

              1)Salt Creek Grill...GREAT porkchop one of the best ever. Great Big Martinis.. rest of food ok
              2) Maru Sushi..on town center drive. Pricey but high quality sushi. Beautiful decor..destined for failure without more clientele
              3) Thai Dishes- Always consistent
              4) Wood Ranch- Big salads, big everything.. priced right.
              5) L'Italiano..bouquet Canyon.. Amazing winelist with standard family Italian fare..