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Jul 6, 2008 02:02 PM

Eats Off of the Orange Line in the Valley?

I have become somewhat of a public transportation nut, dragging Dommy to and fro in LA County with much success on Trains, subways, Light Rail and the dreaded Bus. I for one Can't Wait for Expo to be finished so we can have Close rail access to our place. On Friday, we'd planned to bring our bikes to Griffith park and ride a loop around Burbank. A pulled muscle nixed that idea.

Plan B was to take the Red Line to The Orange Line to Fry's in Canoga Park to look for some needed things and to find lunch in the area. Long Story short, since Seafood Sid's was too far and we could find a bus on the holiday, we ended up going to BJ's for half decent lunch. But the home brewed root beer which we were there to try was awful. It tasted like Diet A&W.

On the trek, we noticed how sparse the area around the Busway was and thought there might be more than meets the eye. I am looking for a good reason to drag Dommy! back to the Valley Via Bus [she was less than charmed] and hope you Hounds might have a recommendation worthy of such a feat. In other words good chow walking distance or a short bus ride from the Orange Line stops listed below.


- P.

North Hollywood
Chandler Blvd. / Lankershim Blvd.

Laurel Canyon
Laurel Canyon Blvd. / Chandler Blvd.

Valley College
Fulton Ave. / Burbank Blvd.

Oxnard St. / Buffalo Ave.

Van Nuys
Van Nuys Blvd. / Aetna St.

Sepulveda Blvd. / Erwin St.

Woodley Ave. / Victory Blvd.

Balboa Blvd. / Victory Blvd.

Reseda Blvd. / Oxnard St.

Tampa Ave. / Topham St.

Pierce College
Winnetka Ave. / Friar St.

De Soto
De Soto Ave. / Victory Blvd.

6610 Canoga Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91303

Warner Center
Owensmouth Ave. / Promenade Mall Drive

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  1. China Lites is a decent Canto-American place on the NE corner of Laurel and Chandler, or you can wander a bit south to Leonor's Vegetarian (Mexican). Also from that stop, If you're up for a bit of a walk and it's not a Saturday, I can heartily recommend Cafe Eilat just west of Burbank and Whitsett -- but make sure they give you baguette in your bread basket and not that awful multigrain stuff. The baguette is the best in the Valley, I can recommend the shakshuka and the salmon salad. Kosher, so no bringing in food. If you want dessert after, either get it at Cafe Eilat or go to the kosher bakery cattycorner. (If you don't want Israeli food, there's an Ameci on the SE corner of that intersection.)

    You're only a half a mile from Robin Hood (mmmm, fish, chips, sticky toffee pud, and as many deeeeeelicious, well-poured pints as you like because *you're not driving*) if you alight at Woodman and Oxnard.

    Slightly north of the Van Nuys Blvd. stop, on Van Nuys and Hamlin, is Super Pollo, home of what I think is the best Peruvian chicken in the Valley., and if you're up for a slightly longer hike (a mile) you can go to the Oaxacan restaurant on Vanowen just west of Van Nuys and have mole negro or coloradito.

    Of course, right on Woodley and Victory is a Vallarta Market and you can stop and get a $2 slice of unbelievable tres leches and another $1.50 for the agua of your choice (mmmmm, agua de mamey).

    West of that, sorry, I don't know.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      In Warner Center there are several decent places to eat. Weiler's Deli is right next to the Orange Line on Victory one block east of Canoga. Warner Center also has BJ's, P.F. Chang's, Ruth's Cris', Cheesecake Factory, Roy's, and the list goes on. And let's not forget Morton's Steakhouse. I have forgotten many more.