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Lunch in Studio City?

lolabelow Sep 22, 2008 09:37 PM

Three generations (3 - 75 years old) for an early lunch tomorrow.

I can think of Hugo's and Amirs. Anyone have any suggestions along Ventura (pls - not chains. If I have to eat at The Daily Grill, CPK, Chin Chin etc. one more time I might scream)

Any lunchtime sushi recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

  1. c
    carter Sep 23, 2008 11:01 AM

    Kung Pao Bistro in Studio City - patio or inside dining. Very kid friendly, yet the seniors love the place as well.
    Many veggie options if diet might be of concern. Ventura 2 blocks east of Laurel Canyon, with plenty of free parking.

    1. maxzook Sep 23, 2008 09:13 AM

      I second Diana's rec for Caioti -- one of the best pizzas in SoCal, very kid-friendly without being kiddified.

      Are you serious about taking a three-year-old for sushi? If so, Nozawa is my favorite along Sushi Alley, but you should go omakase.

      Sushi Nozawa
      11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA 91604

      Caioti Pizza Cafe
      4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

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        Diana Sep 23, 2008 07:00 AM

        I like Il Tiramisu, no matter what people say. and it's nice for lunch.

        Between Sherman oaks and Studio City, you can find some nice lunchy spots.

        All the aforementioned Sushi spots, although Tama is not my favorite. Asanebo is best in the Valley, possibly Los Angeles, IMHO.


        Gungadin for INdian (on Ventura Place)


        Great Greek


        Marmalade Cafe

        Le Pain Quitidean (OK, a chain, but GOOD FOOD. communial tables in spots, ut an OK patio area

        Art's Delicatessan

        Ca Del Sole is off of Ventura in Studio city, but so very close, and has a nice patio

        Bistro Garden is OK

        IS Il Cielo still around? very pretty!

        Artisan Cheese Gallery does wonderful sandwiches, but is not super fancy. Still a lovely place for a nice sandwich, salad and some lovely cheese.

        You may want to drive up Tujunga Blvd, and check out caoti Cafe or Aroma Cafe.

        If you can make it to encino, the Israeli yummy spot, Aroma Bakery Cafe (not to be confused with the place on Tujunga) is really good. Amazing food and baked goods.

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        1. re: Diana
          archer Sep 23, 2008 08:57 AM

          Lots of good options suggested. Also would like to recommend Watercress for a casual lunch--excellent panini & salads w/ very fresh ingredients, carefully prepared. Good coffee as well (under same ownership as nextdoor Coffee Roaster). It's in Sherman Oaks, a block east of Woodman

          1. re: Diana
            Jack Flash Sep 23, 2008 10:33 AM

            It's actually GAngadin, but yeah, good choice.
            I prefer MezzoMondo for Italian over Tiramisu, by quite a bit.

          2. Emme Sep 22, 2008 11:55 PM

            Cafe Cordiale is a good basic place that will satisfy all ages, just a bit west in Sherman Oaks.

            Also west in Sherman Oaks are two Italian places - Oliva Italian on Van Nuys, and Il Tiramisu, though not loved by everyone here, is at Woodman and Ventura.

            If you'd like just simple sandwiches, there's always Belwood Bakery.

            1. perk Sep 22, 2008 11:17 PM

              It's not sushi....but Max is now open for lunch. Haven't been there since they re-opened, but the menu looks good. And I've always loved dinners there.

              1. bodie Sep 22, 2008 09:49 PM

                Tama Sushi is open for lunch.
                So are Asanebo, Teru, Iroha and others.

                Outtake, Lala's, Vegan Plate, Studio Cafe, Artisan Cheese Gallery, Wine Bistro - lots of options though nothing truly outstanding other than sushi.

                My favorite places for lunch that isn't sushi are off the blvd and tend to be ethnic or lunch only places like HealthyCA or Hy-mart deli on Lankershim or places like Skaf's and Tony's a little deeper into the Valley.

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