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Family/locally owned in the Valley

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.


        1. 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

            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. 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

              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

                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

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

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

              2. 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

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                1. re: maxzook

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

                  1. re: Servorg

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

                    1. re: susans

                      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

                        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

                          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. - 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