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Jul 31, 2008 03:45 PM

Valley Recommendations?

A small group of friends and I are meeting up in the valley tomorrow night, and we want a unique or fun eating experience. Any suggestions? (Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, etc...)



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  1. The first place that popped in my mind when you mentioned "unique and fun" was Gyu-Kaku. This is a Japanese restaurant where you do your own cooking. They have an assorment of marinated and seasoned meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables which you cook at your table. I always see groups of people having fun. I believe they have a full bar at the Sherman Oaks location.

    14457 Ventura Blvd.
    Sherman Oaks

    1. check out Spazio in Sherman jazz...patio with a lite torch

      1. Pasadena might be a little far for you, but I had a great experience recently with Villa Sorriso in Pasadena. Excellent penne with vodka sauce (I think it's been featured on TV?) Great courtyard with outdoor seating---nice ambiance. On summer nights they project old, black and white movies on the courtyard wall.

        Also recommend:

        Max in Sherman Oaks

        Vitello's in Studio City

        1. al-cazar in encino is fun and a little different.

          for unique pizzas, try caioti on tujunga.

          1. Hummus Bar and Grill on Ventura Blvd in Tarzana...