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

Jom Apr 23, 2008 02:44 AM

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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    Loradio Apr 25, 2008 04:22 PM

    Nonas in Tarzana/Woodland Hills.........near the corbin bowl.........great food

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      lovetoroq Apr 25, 2008 11:09 AM

      Nats on the corner of Burbank and Hazeltine.

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        maxzook Apr 25, 2008 03:14 PM

        Yes! Probably the best coffeeshop in the Valley, and one of the best in L.A.

        Nat's Early Bite
        14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

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        Diana Apr 25, 2008 07:33 AM

        Woodlands Pure on Topanga Canyon in Chatsworth for the Friday night buffet that comes with all you can eat dosa! Amazing food! You'll come out stuffed, and a beer or drink is included in the price!

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          jillso Apr 24, 2008 07:17 PM

          La Bamba (cuban take out/ picnic tables) on Glenoaks in Burbank, not far from Buena Vista.

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            roundfigure Apr 24, 2008 03:33 PM

            Ramen Nippon on Reseda between Vanowen and Sherman Way. Especially recommend the spicy miso ramen, but everything I've tried has been aces.

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              Diana Apr 24, 2008 01:24 PM

              Adding to the list

              Hummus Bar and Grill in Tarzana- get the salad combo thingy- its $5 a person, a lot of little salads in bowls, free refills! (no corcake if you bring yer own booze) Sort of like endless Isreali panchan. Great flatbread, hummus and meats too.

              Billy's Grill isn't fancy, but it has some dang fine burgers!

              El Katracho will go a bit over $10 a person, but not much. Amazing Honduran food. Get the blue crab soup, the conch soup, or heck, a fistful of balleadas and a shrimp plate. Good Honduran Fried Chicken, too.

              1. Local Apr 23, 2008 10:19 PM

                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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                  Jom Apr 25, 2008 12:24 AM

                  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.

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                    maxzook Apr 25, 2008 08:44 AM

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

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                  WHills Apr 23, 2008 09:16 PM

                  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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                    maxzook Apr 24, 2008 01:35 PM

                    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

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                      420 Reasons to eat Apr 24, 2008 01:57 PM

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

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                    glutton Apr 23, 2008 06:16 AM

                    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...

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                      omakase Apr 23, 2008 03:21 AM

                      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.

                      SUPER TORTAS
                      7949 Vineland Ave.
                      Sun Valley

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