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I will be staying at the Holiday Inn on Ventura Blvd between the DeSoto and Topanga Cyn exits off the 101, for most of this week. I will be very involved in a conference but mostly eating by myself and not much time for roaming far afield. Can anyone recommend good casual places where I will feel comfortable eating dinner by myself, and don't have to drive too far? Any cuisine is fine, but particularly interesting to me would be any Asian cuisine, pizza, brew pubs, Middle eastern ... jeez, did I leave anything out? Thanks, all!

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  1. Just to give you an idea of what's around, there is Soups. It's kind of a sports bar and restaurant. Also nearby is Hurry Curry. By way of disclaimer, I haven't tried these places yet, but I've driven by. I mention them because they are not, to my knowledge, chain restaurants. If you go west on Ventura Blvd. just before Topanga Canyon, there is a shopping center with a few restaurants. If I think of others, I will post them for you.

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    1. re: Kate is always hungry

      Hurry Curry is nowhere near Woodland Hills.

      Instead, I would direct them to Curry Up Café. I like it quite a bit, and it is run by a very friendly couple.

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      Curry Up Cafe
      21912 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

      1. re: BeenThereAteThat

        Thanks for correcting, I meant Curry Up, not Hurry Curry. Glad to know you like it. I hope to have the chance to try it soon.

    2. REDBALL PIZZA: On Topanga across from the Topanga Mall, one of the best pizzas in L.A., with a nice thin crust. You can order it by the slice.

      YANG CHOW: A chinese restaurant just down the street from Redball Pizza. Their Slippery Shrimp dish is great.

      RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE: If you want to treat yourself to a nice steak dinner, the bar is very solo-dining friendly. It's in the Woodland Hills Promenade (where the AMC theater is), but you enter it from outside the mall off Owensmouth St.

      SIERRA'S: If you're in the mood for Mexican, check this place out. I believe it's at Canoga and Vanowen, but I'm not positive.

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      1. re: brandygirl

        Didn't realize Yang Chow was a chain - used to go to the one in Pasadena and get that - very yummy!

      2. Pickwick's is a British style pub basically across Ventura. Can't speak for the food.

        You're not more than a few feet from several sushi bars.

        Brew pub: BJ's Pizzeria is known for their beer selection - it's a short drive up Canoga just before Victory. They also have deep dish pizza if you're into that. Not exactly quiet.

        Oh, yes, cheap and VERY casual (read, no atmosphere) Vietnamese can be found a few miles north, up De Soto just past Sherman Way, Northwest corner, in a strip mall: Bai Le Valley.

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        1. re: pezworld

          Second the Vietnamese, which is spelled BA LE VALLEY. Try the 1/2 chicken (I think it's called "barbecued chicken" on the menu) -- a great bargain. All of their soups are great, as are the Imperial rolls (fried egg rolls, served with lettuce leaves to wrap in and a plate of basil to add to the wrap).

        2. Sadly, Gorikee is gone from that strip mall at Ventura and Topanga (where the Ralph's is). But there's still Jerry's Famous Deli, an Indian restaurant and a Lousy Tokyo Sushi, I mean Crazy Tokyo Sushi, there.

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          1. re: pezworld

            Also in that strip mall, near the sushi place, is a pretty good Indian restaurant -- one of the few around with goat on the menu. Very good goat dishes, which for some reason they call "mutton."

            1. re: ozhead

              Maybe it IS mutton ;)

              1. re: Phurstluv

                No, I asked specifically and they told me that it's goat. They also told me where they get their goat meat, but I have forgotten the answer .

            2. re: pezworld

              I wouldn't rec Jerry's Deli - not very good, unless you want chicken soup.

            3. Some places I've been to and recommend:
              Curry Bowl: Sri Lankan
              Hurry Curry: Japanese Curry
              Shibuya (Calabasas): Sushi
              Kings Fish House: Decent Oysters
              Shirin: Persian Food

              Where are you coming from? Will help with the recommendations.

              1. If you're after high quality sushi, you might want to try Go's Market on Sherman Way near Topanga Canyon. No atmosphere but high quality. For a more mainstream sushi meal, there Brothers Sushi on Ventura blvd.

                If you're interested in Korean BBQ, there's Korean BBQ House on Saticoy. There is also a branch of the Korean tofu chain BCD tofu, also I think on Saticoy.

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                1. re: Bob Brooks

                  hey bob,

                  thanks for letting out the word on Go's Mart. But seriously Go's Mart is incredible, it's one of my top three sushi spots for sure. bring plenty of cash though or just take out a loan,

                2. Within very close walking distance, you've got Poquito Mas, Brother Sushi, Curry Up Café and My Brother's BBQ. I like them all as examples of their type.

                  If you want to hop in the car, there are quite a few places. Define "drive too far". A current favorite of friends of mine is the Copper Chimney, Indian food a few miles down the road.

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                  Copper Chimney
                  Woodland Hills, CA, Woodland Hills, CA

                  Poquito Mas Restaurant
                  21049 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                  My Brothers Bar-B-Q
                  21150 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                  Brother Sushi
                  21418 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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                  1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                    I agree! if u r in town, u have to try copper chimney! it is the best Indian food i have ever tasted!

                  2. The Stand (5780 Canoga Ave.) is a good nearby option for burgers, hotdogs, etc., they have plenty of televisions although I'm not quite sure that they serve beer.

                    1. Agree with Poquito Mas. Excellent, authentic "fast" Mexican food. Also, right across the street is a new Trader Joe's that stocks an extensive selection of wine. I remember having a decent Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in the big Ralphs strip mall where that Jerry's Deli and Crazy Tokyo Sushi, but I can't remember the name of the sandwich shop.

                      Also, PF Chang's is up in that Promenade Mall.

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                      1. re: dip22

                        Also, for a burger there's Boulevard Burgers. For Middle Eastern, there's California Pita & Grill. Again, both easily walkable.

                        You'll have to hop in the car, but you might enjoy Flooky's. They have good dogs, plus interesting sandwiches like turkey pastrami. Once, you're in a car, if you want some BBQ, check out Rosie's on Topanga; or, closer, is Rib Ranch BBQ, though I prefer Rosie's.

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                        Rosie's BBQ Kitchen
                        10220 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                        Boulevard Burgers
                        21718 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                        California Pita & Grill
                        21753 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                        Flooky's
                        21034 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

                        Rib Ranch Barbeque
                        4923 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                        1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                          Never tried Rib ranch, been by 100s of times. Any good? Is Rosie's really in chatsworth? How far up is it (minutes or miles)?

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            Yes, indeed, the Rib Ranch is quite good. My wife and I both enjoy the ribs and tri tip. The window service is kinda non-descript (though they always seem to hire girls with cleavage and you look down on them sitting...no mistake, I'm sure), but the BBQ is the real thing. Definitely worth it.

                            Rosie's is in Chatsworth, just a few minutes south of the 118. It's a drive, but also great BBQ. GoogleMaps can give you the specific distances.

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                            Rosie's BBQ Kitchen
                            10220 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                            Rib Ranch Barbeque
                            4923 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                      2. Kate Mantilini's on Oxnard and Owensmouth, across the street from the Promenade Mall (across from P.F. Chang's) has a wonderful bar with a jazz combo playing, on certain nights. You could eat a meal at the bar, listen to some fine music, and enjoy their martinis. I love their fish and chips, but am told their pot pies are the best.

                        1. There's always Whole Foods too at the next corner - Canoga.
                          Then also on Canoga going N. , there's a Cheescake Factory- Great for take out or dine in. (Whole Foods has a nice patio area).

                          1. I am a big fan of Brent's Deli in Northridge, it is not too far of a drive. I haven't had a meal there that i didnt like. If you go try the black pastrami reuben.

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                            1. re: dabruins07

                              Ooh I'll second the black pastrami reuben. I just had it for the first time this past weekend and it really does "melt in your mouth" just as the menu describes.

                              Famished L.A.
                              http://famishedla.blogspot.com

                            2. Thanks for all the advice, everyone! Poquito Mas was decent and got points for being across the street from the hotel! Curry Up was surprising in that I wasn't expecting Japanese Curry, I was expecting Indian ... of course I know Japanese Curry is a whole different category ... Finally sorry to report that Redball's Pizza was a huge disappointment, spongy crust, insipid sauce - not at all as has been described by Chowhounds. Perhaps we should have ordered a whole pie instead of slies. After the build-up it was a real let down to have such mediocre fare! But, again, thanks for all the recommendations. Now, home to San Diego.

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                              1. re: Bobierto

                                Thanks for the report, Bobierto.

                                So, although Curry Up wasn't what you were expecting...how was it?

                                1. re: Bobierto

                                  I'm so sorry you didn't like Redball Pizza. Every time I've been there, the crust was thin and crisp.

                                  1. re: brandygirl

                                    someone mentioned hadia's for falafel and hummus is it really good?