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Family/locally owned in the Valley

susans Nov 1, 2008 03:34 PM

One of the things my mother likes about visiting us in Long Beach are the family/locally owned neighborhood cafes and restaurants like Coffee Cup Cafe, Bake 'n Broil, and the Village Cafe. These are not upscale, fancy expensive places, just moderately priced, non-chain establishments with good food and a lot of repeat local customers.

She lives in North Hills, very close to Northridge and says she does not know about many similar places in the Valley. She already goes to Las Fuentes, A&W, and Mandarin Deli, and does not like Indian food, but will eat almost any other type of cuisine. Suggestions?

  1. j
    jencounter Nov 3, 2008 04:12 PM

    - Falafel palace on Reseda and Prairie - theirs is the best falafel besides my own made at home
    - Pita Pocket Reseda/Nordhoff next to Vons - their in house laffa is to die for
    - Top Thai Reseda Blvd north of Sherman Way
    - Rincome Thai, southwest corner of Balboa and Devonshire
    - Hook'd on Fish Ventura at Louise (Encino Town Center) - awesome wraps made to order with super fresh fish
    - More than Waffles, also in the Encino Town Center, in the back and downstairs
    - Taco Llama - lots of locations, my fave is Corbin/Parthenia
    - Pho So 1 or Pho 999, both near the NW corner of Reseda and Sherman Way

    1. maxzook Nov 2, 2008 11:56 AM

      Linking ...

      Brent's Deli
      19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

      Dos Arbolitos Restaurant
      9034 Woodley Ave, North Hills, CA 91343

      El Criollo
      6622 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405

      Mercado Buenos Aires
      7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

      Alexis Greek Restaurant
      9034 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

      Buenos Aires Grill
      8856 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

      Puro Sabor
      6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      Lum-ka-naad Thai Restaurant
      8920 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

      Emle's Restaurant
      9250 Reseda Blvd Ste 1, Northridge, CA 91324

      11024 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

      Alessio Restaurant
      9725 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

      Casa Don Rolando
      8755 Parthenia Place, North Hills, CA 91343

      Buon Gusto Ristorante
      15535 Devonshire St., Mission Hills, CA 91345

      Olympia Kabob House
      10658 Zelzah Ave, Granada Hills, CA 91344

      Weiler's Deli & Catering
      21161 Victory Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

      Pampas Cafe
      17003 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344

      Taqueria Los Tres Hermanos
      9504 Sepulveda Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

      Melody's Mexican Kitchen
      6747 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

      5 Replies
      1. re: maxzook
        Servorg Nov 2, 2008 04:03 PM

        Tiger Woods has nothing on maxzook - "King of the Links"

        1. re: Servorg
          susans Nov 2, 2008 06:13 PM

          Thanks to all. I will be giving a list of all these places to Mom.

          1. re: susans
            LA Buckeye Fan Nov 2, 2008 07:52 PM

            I would add....les sisters on Devonshire just east of Topanga...and across the street...Los Toros for their strong margaritas and bean dip.

            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
              kevin Nov 3, 2008 12:24 PM

              what kind of joint is L' affair, it souinds like a stuffy old-school french restaurant.

              is olympia kabab house any good?

              and why is puro sabor linked as a duplicate?


              1. re: kevin
                markn Nov 3, 2008 01:03 PM

                L'Affair is French, but not stuffy. Basically the only option for somewhat fine dining in the North valley. Very good food and reasonably priced, although they recently jacked up the prices a little.

                Olympia Kebab House is a good Middle Eastern place in Granada Hills, although maybe a little overpriced for what it is. About the best option for Middle Eastern in the area unless you want to drive to Sherman Oaks (Carnival) or Encino (Alcazar).

      2. m
        markn Nov 1, 2008 11:39 PM

        L'Affair Cafe
        Dos Arbolitos
        Alexis Greek Cafe

        Casa Don Rolando (haven't tried it yet but getting good reviews)

        Buon Gusto Ristorante
        Los Tres Hermanos
        Puro Sabor
        El Criollo
        Olympia Kebab House
        Weiler's Deli
        Lum Kaa Naad Thai

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        1. re: markn
          markn Nov 1, 2008 11:44 PM

          A few good Argentinian places in the hood: Buenos Aires Grill, Pampas Cafe, Mercado Buenos Aires

          Small Island - Japanese
          Sushi - Hyakumi and Yanagi in Northridge
          Carillo's Mexican

          1. re: markn
            SIMIHOUND Nov 2, 2008 04:49 AM

            I second Emle's. I have eaten there for all meals and really enjoyed it. It's right near A&W and Mandarin Deli.

            1. re: markn
              carter Nov 2, 2008 07:26 PM

              Yes, definitely Carrillo's Deli in Winnetka, corner Corbin I believe.

              Carrillos Mexican Deli
              19744 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91306

          2. maxzook Nov 1, 2008 07:43 PM

            It's not all that close to her, but Nat's Early Bite is a family-owned-and-run old-school coffee shop with a great neighborhood feel and simple but great food, at Burbank and Hazeltine in Van Nuys.

            Nat's Early Bite
            14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

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            1. re: maxzook
              ReelMike84 Nov 2, 2008 03:44 PM

              I'll second Nat's. A great breakfast spot with fabulous homemade jams and breads! The place is small so expect a wait on weekends, but the table turn around is quick.

            2. Servorg Nov 1, 2008 05:26 PM


              1. Local Nov 1, 2008 05:03 PM

                She might like Emle's on Reseda between Nordoff and Plummer. Their omelets are good at breakfast...i'm not big on french toast, but supposedly that's their specialty. haven't been for other meals.


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                  brandygirl Nov 1, 2008 04:45 PM

                  One of my favorite Mexican places is on the NE corner of Sepulveda and Plummer in North Hills. It's called Los Tres Hermanos. You order at the counter and they bring the food to you. Their chicken tacos (both soft and crispy) are fabulous, and I often order one of the shrimp dishes. Their guacamole is also a winner. They offer indoor and outdoor seating.

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