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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.

      http://www.emlesrestaurant.com/

        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.

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          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
            Alessio
            Alexis Greek Cafe

            Casa Don Rolando (haven't tried it yet but getting good reviews)
            http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/...

            Buon Gusto Ristorante
            Los Tres Hermanos
            Puro Sabor
            El Criollo
            Olympia Kebab House
            Weiler's Deli
            Melody's
            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.

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