Studio City - Takeout. Anything?
Just moved to Studio City and I'm getting frustrated with the lack of lunch and dinner takeout in the area. Its either sushi, too fancy or just not good. Can anyone help me find some easy, relatively healthy takeout options? I do like Artisan Cheese Gallery and Aroma, thats about it so far.
Basically, the Italian in that area is not much and is generally more expensive than you feel you want to pay for it.
Kung Pao Bistro for Chinese food on Ventura just east of Carpenter is pretty good, especially their seafood dishes, soups, fake meat and tofu dishes, as well as selected other items.
Do not plan to take the food too far, as their quality to-go containers allow the food to continue cooking a bit, and thus you might end up with it cooked more than you want.
Kansas City BBQ CO on Magnolia just east of vineland.
Lebanese - Skafs Grill Laurel Canyon and Oxnard
Indian - Lal Mirch - Great Lunch Specials Ventura just west of vineland
Pagliaccis Pizza - NY Style - Coldwater and Moorpark
Laurel Tavern - Great Burgers and oh so good pork fat steak fries they do carryout Ventura just east of Tujunga
Sushi Don Sasabune cheap sushi great quality - Riverside and Laurel Canyon
Menchies Fro Yo - awesome self serve frozen yogurt Riverside and Laurel Canyon
Sharkeys on fulton and burbank is pretty good for corporate mex
Just to name a few....
My 2nd favorite lunch spot (after Artisian Cheese Gallery) in that area is HealthyCA. They are only open for lunch and have great salads and sandwiches.
I recently discovered Blue Pl8te (previously Sha Sha Cafe) at 3353 Barham and they have a really interesting menu and food is good and healthy. I think they describe it as Thai Fusion.
I've only been for lunch, but I think they are open for dinner as well. I've had a braised veggie tofu dish and a "spring" bowl with chicken and rice noodles - both loaded with lots of fresh veggies. The lunch specials are reasonable (under $8 if I remember correctly). The 1st time I went there were a few other customers; 2nd time I picked up and no one was dining there. I had a link to the menu online, but can't seem to find it now.
Caioti Pizza Cafe, about six doors south of Aroma Coffee & Tea on Tujunga, is imho one of the two or three best takeout pizzas in L.A., with a menu devised by the late Ed LaDou who was Wolfgang Pucks' first pizza chef at Spago and who wrote the menu for CPK.
I second the above mentions of Kung Pao Bistro and Kansas City BBQ (although the latter is North Hollywood.) And while Mozza has nothing to worry about in comparison, Vitello's is prettu good for classic red-sauce Italian.
And Art's is still one of the top ten delis in the city.
Caioti Pizza Cafe
4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Kung Pao Bistro
11402 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Kansas City BBQ
10863 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
I would add Daichan - "homestyle" Japanese food with lots of healthy options. In the same plaza as Nozawa. Also there's Press Panini (on Tujunga across the street from Aroma and Caioti) which is basically a takeout place. We only went once but the sandwich was acceptable and it's something different from Artisan (though Artisan is better IMO).
4389 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604
re: Debbie W
Press Panini is okay, but I prefer the take-out sandwiches down the street at Village Gourmet.
It occurs to me that the block of Tujunga between Moorpark and Woodbridge has enough choices to address the OP's need for takeout options.
4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA
New pizzeria place opening up called The Arb... should be great... The Chef consulting was the corporate chef from Drago
Kung Pao Bistro puts zuchinni and mushrooms in their namesake dish, which must be illegal. And gross. And it has a sticky sweet sauce. For better Chinese, go to China Lites at Laurel Canyon and Chandler.
I tried 818 Masala on Lankershim a few weeks back--it was good enough Indian and the staff there is very friendly.
Come to think of it, I haven't been terribly impressed with The Artisan Cheese Gallery's sammiches. Most notably, the much heralded Duck Confit sandwich could have use a fresh lettuce ingredient (arugula?) and more pronounced cheese. It was basically duck on bread with sweet sauce, and the duck wasn't outstanding.
Friedel's on Ventura east of Colfax has a good 2 patties and a coke deal for, um, 6 bucks?
Amir's Falafel at Colfax and Ventura is bizarrely tasteless.
Never been to Art's Delicatessen (it's not overly well-reviewed on CH), but Marv's makes an excellent Pastrami Sandwich. And cheap. Although, not open nights. or sundays.
Don't get me started on Jerry's Pastrami--might as well be Boar's Head.
Also, don't forget that Thailand is northwest of Studio City, and Little Israel is located around Burbank and Coldwater.
I'm not sure where in Studio City you live.
I second the recommendation for Lal Mirch, which I think is the best Indian east of the 405.
Around Coldwater/Sherman Way is the best Thai food in the city. Take your pick among the great Thai restaurants.
There are excellent taquerias in the general vicinity. There are two El Taco Llamas in North Hollywood. One is on Magnolia at Cahuenga at a car wash. Another is on Sherman Way, by Lankershim. Also, there are two Casita Tacos (good for tacos and rotisserie chicken) -- one is at Ventura/Lankershim and the other is at Magnolia/Bakman in North Hollywood.
For Chinese, I would recommend Bamboo Forest in Van Nuys, at Burbank/Kester. It may or may not deliver where you are, but is far superior to Kung Pao Bistro.
As a final fall-back, there is always the deli counter at Gelsons.
While not quite Studio City, Tony's Mexican Grill on Coldwater and Magnolia is quite a nice Mexican option for eating in and taking out. Food is always very fresh and tasty.