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Apr 23, 2008 02:44 AM

A good place for a quick meal in the San Fernando Valley?

I've been trying to find as many new places for a quick meal here and there as I can, and I'm just looking for any recommendations from some locals. I reside near the Sun Valley/North Hollywood border on Laurel Canyon and as long as it's in the valley there's no problem getting there.

I'm looking for a place I could take my girlfriend to grab a bite to eat or maybe go with a group of friends, all while not spending too much money...Somewhere in the range of say, $5-10 per person? A couple places I've tried such as Habit on Ventura have been a good place for an experience like that, as well as Pinocchio on Magnolia Blvd in Burbank.

If you have anything you'd like to recommend. It really doesn't matter what type of food or place, as long as it's good (as in, above-average) I'd like to know about it.


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  1. The first place I thought of was Super Tortas, the one in Sun Valley. Their Rib-Eye Torta is Amazing - $5.75. Add Rice and Beans - $7.95. Add a small drink - $1.50. It's quick, it's inexpensive, and it's nearby.

    7949 Vineland Ave.
    Sun Valley

    1. Skaf's is on Laurel Canyon and Oxnard. Great baba ghannouj (best in LA, especially if you like it smoky) and hummus. The falafel is pretty good, though not the best falafel in LA. It would be quick and you'd get out of their at your price point. One of my favorite places in LA...

      1. So many places, but most of my suggestions are in the west valley.

        Chili My Soul in Encino (around $10 for lunch, dinner is more)
        California Chicken Cafe (rotisierre chicken and salads, $8)
        Las Fuentes in Reseda (Mexican food, under $10)
        BCD Tofu in Reseda for Korean tofu soup (under $10 if you get the tofu soup)
        The Stand in Sherman Oaks (hot dogs and more, under $10)

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        1. re: WHills

          Strong second for The Stand.

          Haven't been to Chili My Soul lately -- they're good, but I understand they've raised their prices above your budget:

          I would also recommend Chili John's in Burbank -- this is very old-school chili, a little rich for some tastes, but very good.

          Chili John's
          2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

          1. re: maxzook

            If you decide on Chili John's check the Hours. They are closed more often than not.

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          1. Krua Thai
            for the shrimp cakes, spicy pad thai, and spicy mussels (my choices) ...widely discussed on this board...a few things like the whole fish over $10, otherwise shouldn't throw you into deficit spending.

            13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood.

            Krua Thai Restaurant
            13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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            1. re: Local

              I go to Krua Thai all the time, love that place. The shrimp cakes are incredible.

              I'm gonna write down all these places and check them out here and there whenever I'm around

              If anyone has any more suggestions let me know, 'cause I'll definitely check them out.

              Another good place I've tried and enjoyed was Pit Fire Pizza on Lankershim and Magnolia. Their sandwiches are great and their pizza is among my favorites in the valley. Lots of space and good service, always a nice place to eat.

              1. re: Jom

                I'm definitely a Pit Fire fan, but it's pretty much over the OP's budget.