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Best of Santa Clarita and surrounds

Hi. Just found this site and have never snacked so much while playing on the computer. You guys give great advice!

I live in the Santa Clarita and am curious if there are any good restuarants in my area that I don't know about. Some of my favorites are...

Karma for Indian food. Great eggplant dish
El Trocadero for their tacos dorado, chiliquile breakfasts and strong margaritas.
Siam Rice on San Fernando for their prik king
China Palace for their sizzling rice soup
Tamale stand at the COC farmer's market for their beef tamales and salsa

I probably shouldn't say these are the bests...since I haven't visited them all. But these are the ones I keep going back to.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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  1. Hi Buckeye! Welcome!
    Some of my faves are Las Delicias (there are a few locations) for their al pastor, caldos and seafood (homemade tortillas!). The Pho place in the shopping center across from Trader Joes on Cinema is pretty good - I was impressed. There is a mexican restaurant in old Newhall that has good breakfasts. Can't remember the name at the moment, but (maybe El Mas or something like that) they have good food. I also like Egg Plantation for breakfasts. Stay away from Pho 2000 on Lyons - bleech!!
    You can do a search for either "santa clarita" or "newhall" or "valencia" and that should take you to some good posts. Good luck!

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Thank you Wild. I will give Las Delicias a try. I have tried that Pho place by Trader Joe's and it was a great lunch. Thanks for the tip on the search. Will give it a try.

      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

        Thanks Wild. I tried Las Delicias tonight on your suggestion. I really liked their al pastor and their Torta Cubano was great. Thanks again for a new local fave.

    2. Lily's Cafe in front of the bowling alley on Lyons for breakfast, great turkey sandwiches (think thanksgiving leftover turkey, not processed junk) I've never had anything bad there, they are the closest thing we have to a diner

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      1. re: LisaN

        Thanks Lisa. I've been there but only for breakfast. I will give the turkey a try!

      2. My favorite place in Santa Clarita is Thelma's Morning Cafe.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4891...

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4964...

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        Thelma's Morning Cafe
        22876 Copper Hill Dr, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

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        1. re: sel

          Thank you sel...I'm going to give that a try!

        2. Final Score on Lyons has great "boat" style subs.For breakfast I like Egg Plantation on Lyons and Eggs N Things on newhall ranch rd

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          1. re: medRare28

            Have you been there recently? My last couple trips my subs weren't as good as they used to be, I think quality has slipped

            Also wanted to mention I really like Tortas Ahogadas 23630 San Fernando Rd
            Newhall, CA, 91321
            (661) 259-0884

            Really good food, really low prices - I recommend the molcajete

            Also Manoushee near Costco 27131 Sierra Hwy #100
            Canyon Country, CA 91351 http://www.manoushee.com/ For hummus, lamajoun, etc.

            1. re: LisaN

              Thanks MedRare and LisaN. I love the pickle relish at Final Score. I will check out Tortas Ahogadas and Manoushee, I'll report back if I try them. Still waiting to try Thelma's Morning Cafe.

              I haven't been very impressed with Salt Creek Grill. Other than a great "French Kiss" Martini...I haven't really cared for anything I"ve ordered. Maybe I am ordering wrong. Does anyone have similiar experiences? Is there something there in particular I should order?

              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                Never liked Salt Creek. I think the food is mediocre and overpriced. Had really bad service issues there. I have friends who love their filet with blue cheese, but in my mind, you shouldn't have to cover a good filet in sauce.

                Most people I've talked to don't think much of the place.

                Not sure if this part of my message will be allowed to stay, there tend to be more Santa Clarita reviews on Yelp.

              2. re: LisaN

                I went there around 3 months ago and it was still good. If your ever in the Lancaster area check out SubMachine on ave J and 20th west, its like Final score but they use a softer bread and the prices are a little cheaper, its so good!

                1. re: medRare28

                  Thanks Med Rare...will keep that in mind when I'm in the antelope valley.

            2. We had an Alfa Romeo club gathering in Agua Dulce Saturday, and after a tasting session at the (overpriced) winery had our lunch/meeting at Vincenzo's, a pizza/sandwich/pasta joint in the middle of such town as is there. The chicken Caesar salad Mrs. O got was kinda puny and not great, but my woodfired hot ham and cheese sandwich on their own bread was simply amazing, and everyone else in the room was raving about both the size and the quality of their pizzas. The couple across from us split a large regular salad and a small pizza, each getting a big pile of well-dressed greens and olives and enough pizza to have leftovers. Pricing was very reasonable, too. So nice to find a place like this in what's left of the old-California part of Greater Santa Clarita.

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              1. re: Will Owen

                I've been going to their Newhall location for over 20 years. I love their garlic crust. Thanks for reminding me, Will.

              2. Jasmine Thai on Bouquet Canyon has amazing soups, appetizers, noodles, curries, you name it! One of my faves!

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                1. re: smgabby

                  Thanks Gabby. I will give Jasmine Thai a try.

                2. Here are a few more places for you -
                  Newhall - Harvest Cafe - Great sandwiches, homemade soups, yummy desserts and the service, I liken it to Cheers with great food rather than alcohol. You have to experience the welcoming atmosphere yourself to understand.
                  Valencia - Maru Sushi - Best steak in town and the desserts, out of this world especially the fresh peach/berry cobbler. Service varies but worth it for the food.
                  North Valencia - La Cocina -good consistent mexican food, salsa is worth the trip.
                  Canyon Country - Piccola Trattoria (it's a part of Caruso's restaurants) little hard to find, off sierra hwy/x street Dolan Way.
                  Valencia - Pappalino's - great chopped salad, gnocchi, and Babe's yummy deserts.
                  We agree on tamale's at COC!
                  Enjoy!

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                  1. re: kharpole

                    Maru Sushi for best steak/fresh peach/berry cobbler?

                    1. re: kharpole

                      thanks Kharpole. I forgot about Harvest Cafe...i haven't been there in years. They use to have a great cashew chicken sandwhich. I will certainly try them again. And I will add Pappalino's and Piccola Trattoria on my "next places to try" list. Is Maru sushi the one on Town Center Drive, at the mall?

                    2. Far from fancy, I like the following restaurants in the Santa Clarita area;

                      1) Way Station on San Fernando road for breakfast. Great ham and hash browns.

                      2) Athena's on Soledad Cyn in Canyon Country. They have both italian and greek food but I have only tried the greek food. My husband swears by their lamb shank and I love the moussaka and souvlaki. They also have great salads and excellent lentil soup.

                      3) Sam's Flaming Grill also on Soledad Cyn but soon to open another branch on Copperhill. They have flavorful, gernerous and reasonably priced middle eastern food. The kebabs are tasty and come with a salad ,hummos, a grilled tomato, and armenian flat bread. I especially like the lulah kebab which is skewered seasoned grilled ground beef. Give em a try!

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                        1. re: mushky

                          I went into the Way Station to have breakfast on Sunday, but it was very busy and I did not have the time to wait. Will need to do that another time. I was going to mention Athena's, but you beat me to it, Mush! I have only had the greek food as well. The soup was great and I really liked the Gyro.
                          Also, I would like to add Route 66 on Soledad to the list. They have good burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks. They have live music on Sundays (or is that Weds?) and they have a nice patio you can sit on.
                          There is also a fairly new Pho place across the street from Route 66. I tried to try that as well on Saturday morning, but they did not open til 11. Has anyone tried it? It is called Pho Ngo (or something like that).