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noshingaround Sep 18, 2008 04:12 PM

I'm a former Angelino who will be visiting soon and another friend and I who now lives in the Bay Area want to take two people out to somewhat of a celebratory dinner in the NoHo, Studio City, Sherman Oaks area for dinner on a Friday night.

We can spend up to $25 a person plus drinks.

I would like a place that's not a chain and is not ear splitting but where we can have a really good ethnic meal like Middle Eastern, Thai-Calif, South American (not Mexican), Jap-Italian, Asian-Fusion, Indian, or Cuban-Chinese and have cocktails or at least wine/beer.

I am starved for some really good off-the-charts ethnic food.


  1. bodie Sep 18, 2008 06:32 PM

    I would encourage Thai or Middle Eastern because I think those are the two best readily available ethnic foods in the area.

    For Middle Eastern you have lots of options from relatively upscale to some real dives. The most upscale is Alcazar, then you have a middle ground place like Carnival, Cedar House and Skaf's which is divey but has excellent food. Carnival and Skaf's are BYOB, I believe.

    I think the NoHo Thai Town is better than the one in Hollywood. However, unlike Hollywoodm, many of the really good Thai spots don't have licenses to serve drinks but many allow you to BYOB as long as you have a receipt. Of those, I think Sri Siam and Krua standout - Krua having the best noodle dishes and Sri Siam besting them (and the rest IMO) at nearly everything else.

    There also happen to be some good Peruvian places nearby, including Puro Sabor, Las Quenas and El Hatuchay.

    Definitely no good Chinese or Indian in the area - at least of which I am aware. You have to go to a whole other Valley for good Chinese and Viet food and as for good Indian, that is a whole other chain. Don't even get me started on Val-Ital because the Italian restaurants in the SFV are mediocrity defined.

    Bon chance et bon appetite!

    Krua Thai Restaurant
    13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

    Skaf's Grill
    6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

    Cedar House Cafe
    4805 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91607

    Carnival Restaurant
    4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

    Sri Siam Cafe
    12843 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

    4 Replies
    1. re: bodie
      Diana Sep 19, 2008 06:54 AM

      HAve you gone to Spumante since it re-opened?

      1. re: Diana
        maxzook Sep 19, 2008 09:44 AM

        I'm being taken next week for my birthday, and will report back.

      2. re: bodie
        chesone Mar 22, 2009 11:44 PM

        There is good Indian, Curry House at Lankershim and Whipple across from the 99 cent store.

        1. re: chesone
          maxzook Mar 23, 2009 01:06 PM

          I was a much bigger fan of Curry House before they started posting C ratings from the Health Dept.

      3. d
        Diana Sep 18, 2008 04:30 PM

        Plain Italian: Spumanti in NoHo is newly re-opened and excellent. Il tiramisu in Sherman Oaks is also excellent.

        JApanese: Not fancy, but Daichan Japanese Sould Food in Studio City is really good. Iroha non sushi menu is OK. For Sushi, you can't meet your budget, so I won't bother.

        BBQ: Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks. Also has bistro fare. Really dang good. Best beer menu in the Valley, and possible most of Los Angeles, barring Naja's Place and Lucky Baldwin's. Niether of those two spots have great food, though. So BB is tops for me!

        Middle Eastern:
        Carnival in Sherman Oaks
        Carousel in Glendale
        Cedar House Cafe in Studio City

        Indian or Pakistani (god forgive me for the combo, but the food is similar):
        Gungadin in Studio City.
        Clay Oven in Sherman Oaks
        Salomi in NoHo

        Puro Sabor in Van Nuys

        El Katracho in Van Nuys

        Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks

        the Great Greek in Sherman Oaks il have to do

        Ca Dario in Studio City

        I don't eat Thai for fear of peanuts, thus I dare not recommend!

        Cuban Chinese is more a New York thing. not seen one in LA.

        I don't know how to qualify Max, so I best leave it out.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Diana
          maxzook Sep 18, 2008 06:09 PM

          Sherman Way west of the 170 is kind of a Thai Town north ... my personal fave in the area is Sanamluang but I can also speak for the others linked below, and I know there's more. (You will probably have to byob at most of these places.)

          And I can second everything on Diana's list -- come to think of it, Diana, have you and I ever disagreed on *anything?* ;)

          ps other than the spelling of Spumante, that is ...

          Sanam Luang Cafe
          12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

          11049 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

          Bua Siam
          12924 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

          Sunshine Thai Cuisine
          13212 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

          Cha Chaa Ti Restaurant
          12936 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

          1. re: maxzook
            Diana Sep 19, 2008 06:52 AM

            Hee hee, rarely, if that! :)

            1. re: maxzook
              sel Sep 19, 2008 08:17 AM

              When I drove past Sunshine Thai last week it had a new sign with a different name (which I don't recall).

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