My wife and I will be attending birthing classes at Tarzana Medical Center over the next four Wednesday nights . . . we are already tired of Mort's Deli (location was great. The food; however, left much to be desired) and aren't big fans of the Hummus Bar. Can anyone offer up some suggestions for nearby, tasty, early dinner spots? Thanks in advance.
I'm not sure that's a great recommendation since the OP's wife is pregnant, but it is excellent -- and pricey sushi.
For cheaper sushi and non-traditional rolls, Cho Cho San on Ventura near Vanalden is good. In the same strip mall is a decent Indian restaurant.
Melody's and Las Fuentes north on Reseda are good bets for Mexican.
Le Sanglier for old-school French is on Crebs, just south of Ventura.
Fab Hot Dogs on Tampa has great hot dogs. it is another hole in the wal.
In addition to Alcazar and Chili My Soul in Encino, consider Thai 'n' I on Ventura between Encino and White Oak. It's a definite hole-in-the-wall, but the chicken and ribs are fantastic. (Stick to those dishes and have them in combo with the pad thai and/or mee krob.) There also is a branch of The Stand at Ventura and Balboa for hot dogs, salads, etc. (The hot dogs are definitely better at Fab, but The Stand has a better sit-down atmosphere.)
For deli in the vicinity, I would recommend Fromin's in Encino's over Mort's. If you are committed to staying close, Frankie's, the Italian restaurant in the center with the Gelson's, is a decent, red-sauce Italian place. Nothing particularly outstanding, but it's better than Mort's.
Taj Mahal in Encino for Indian is another option. It has its detractors on this board, but I have always had good service and enjoyed the food.
17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204, Encino, CA 91316
18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335
Fab Hot Dogs (location as of May 2010)
19417 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
Melody's Mexican Kitchen
6747 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
Le Sanglier French Restaurant
5522 Crebs Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
Thai 'N I
17544 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA
17615 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
Frankie's Italian Kitchen
5538 Reseda Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
17815 Ventura Blvd 201, Encino, CA 91316