Valencia, Santa Clarita, Burbank: Chain Restaurant Wasteland?
I'm a Boston Hound headed to Valencia for work in the coming weeks. As much as I'd love to drive back and forth to LA for fine dining (or even just good dining), I think I'll be confined to the local area...I'll definitely hit up In N Out for a burger (or two...) but what else is available in this area? Any small, locally-owned, local ingredient using places that you West Coast Hounds can recommend? Please tell me I won't be stuck getting tacos from Chevy's.
The best restaurant in the Santa Clarita area is Le Chene way up on Sierra Highway at 12625, mentally about a million miles from Soledad Canyon, yet serving quality French food at what is considered affordable prices today for quality dining.(661.251.4315).
For more info, www.lechene.com
Otherwise, I have okay to decent meals at Salt Creek Grill and at the Vines restaurant in the Hyatt Hotel, yet not recently, and things change rather rapidly in the SCV.
To come into the SFernando Valley, L'Affair(818,365.5939) or maybe even Buon Gusto(818.893.9985) in Mission Hills, would come to mind - The former is at 11025 Sepulveda, while Gusto is at 15535 Devonshire, just east of the 405 Fwy.
Otherwise, just come into Sherman Oaks and have a wonderful meal at Max at 13355 Ventura Blvd., 818.784.2915.
Definitely go to the farmer's market in the parking lot of the College of the Canyons (on Valencia Blvd. near the 5 freeway) on Sunday mornings. Go to the crepe stand and order whatever looks good to you. Then buy a pie from the pie lady and save that for later. Sample all the good fresh produce. Strawberries seem to be getting better and better lately.
Seriously..If your in Burbank, your about 20 minutes from downtown LA. It's worth the drive! (as long as there's no rush-hour traffic..then about 45 min to an hour) If you don't want to drive to downtown, you could drive to the Los Feliz area, which has alot of great places to eat.LF is right off the I-5 freeway, about 10 minutes from Burbank.
Valencia/Santa Clarita? Hmmm...Nothing great there, that I know of, but i'll admit I don't live there. Perhaps a local or 2 can vouch for the SCV, and give you a few tips.
Hey now...everyone is consistently harsh on the SCV.....ok so the SCV isn't on the cutting edge tasty treats...but there are some real gems that should be foreshadowed by chains.
Athena's (Canyon Country) - great Greek food, must try the lamb shank
Guido's (Saugus) - pizza and wings
Las Delciosa (Canyon Country/Valencia)- tacos and other Mexican food
Maria's (Newhall) - Italian
All Corked Up (Canyon Country) - Wines and food (band on weekends)
Cousins (Valencia, Canyon Country) - Burgers and salads
Egg Plantation (Newhall) - omelets and good breakfast
Salt Creek Grill (Valencia) - Steaks
Tiny's Subs (Canyon Country) - subs
Le Chen (Canyon Country) - french
Enjoy your time in SCV :)
Re: Santa Clarita Valley ~
Sorry, but you are not going to have that many choices in SCV, anyway you still can find a few, very few good places here.
I do recommend Maru Sushi, one, if not the best place to eat in Valencia, and it is not just sushi or strictly Japanese, they have a great menu, very nice small restaurant, extremely clean, and everything they serve is very fresh. They have a website, were you can see their menu.
Also there's a newly opened restaurant, Thelma's morning cafe, it opens daily until I think 2:00 pm, they have good choices for lunch, breakfast is good, but I do think that the best thing to order is items from the lunch menu. The chef, Luis Diaz used to work as Executive Chef for WP's Chinois, and some of the dishes at his restaurant reflect his Chinois experience. I have not been very lucky with the service here, but Chef Diaz is a very good cook.
Do a search here or at yelp, and you will mainly find what to avoid, and what to expect while living here.
If I think of any other place, I will post more.
ps. We don't have Chevy's in town........yet.