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bob91343 Feb 22, 2009 08:19 PM

I remember a place many years ago in, like, Sunland/Tujunga in the wilds, with great booths and a fine goulash. I can't recall the name but that was easily 35 years ago so it can't still be there.

Anyone know of a decent place in the SFV that has good goulash at a reasonable price?

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    bob91343 Oct 24, 2009 04:16 PM

    I remember now! It was called Old Vienna Gardens and was, I think on Sunland Blvd.

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    1. re: bob91343
      maxzook Oct 24, 2009 07:44 PM

      Old Vienna Gardens was at 9955 Sunland Blvd in Shadow Hills, in an old stone building built in 1934. It's currently the site of Villa Terraza ...

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      Villa Terraza Restaurant
      9955 Sunland Blvd, Sunland, CA 91040

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      vlad Jul 10, 2009 11:50 AM

      Aside from the places mentioned, you might want to try Oxygen Lounge in Tarzana. It is owned by Hungarians and serve Hungarian food.

      Although, I don't think you will be blown away.

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      Oxygen Lounge and Restaurant
      19550 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA

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        tofuburrito Jul 9, 2009 07:31 AM

        There used to be a restaurant in Burbank named Goulash. My memory of it is that it was very good.

        1. The Professor Jul 9, 2009 06:27 AM

          Goulash (gulyas) is a simple dish to make. It is my favorite soup (and would be even if I were not of Hungarian descent). I also like the less common (but incredibly tasty) Szekely Gulyas, which is made with pork, saurkraut, sour cream, and caraway.

          Do yourself a favor and seek out chef George Lang's book on Hungarian cuisine...he has an excellent and proper version of goulash in there, as well as a boatload of other Magyar classics.

          Goulash is a dish that is so easy to make at home. Just make sure you get real Hungarian paprika...it makes a HUGE difference and there is no substituting for it.

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            bob91343 Mar 9, 2009 04:12 PM

            Well gosh I was hoping for a big response! The only valley place in these posts is Maximillian's; I have seen mixed reviews, and it also seems a little expensive.

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              shamu613 Apr 6, 2009 10:30 PM

              When my family moved to North Hollywood in 1960, there were half a dozen Hungarian restaurants scattered across the Los Angeles area. When I moved away in 2005, there was only one... Hortobagy in Studio City. That too closed shortly after.

              Chardas opened in 2007 and is an upscale version of Hungarian cooking. Not the sort of homey cooking than many of the long lost restaurants were know for.

              The former owner or Hortobagy, Laszlo, recently started cooking in the spaced once occupied by a French restaurant named Maximillian's. The cuisine at his new digs is, more upscale and trendy. I ate there a couple weeks ago during a visit to the area. I had a Chicken Paprikas served with Spätzle. Good flavor and wonderful dumplings, but I wopuld have preferred my chicken boned. My friend had the Veal Gulyas. Good flavor but a rather small portion and good have used more sauce. The cucumber salad was awesome.

              IMO, Hungarian food was never upscale. Not my mother's cooking. Not my grandmother's, nor my aunt's. Not even most of the restaurants that I ate at during two and half week stay in Budapest. However, that debate seems moot as the Los Angeles area no longer has the Hungarian community necessary to support a vibrant choice of restaurants.

              That being said, the ambiance at Maximillian's is wonderful. The interior is rather small. I sat close to the kitchen and was blasted by a freezing air conditioning. Laszlo would do well to remove most of the dividing walls and enlarge the dining room. But the real prize at Maximillian's is the outdoor patio and the al fresco dining. Here's a couple of photos and the website.

              http://www.maxiatnoho.com/

               
               
               
            2. maxzook Feb 22, 2009 08:31 PM

              Links ...

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              Maximillian's
              11330 Weddington St, Los Angeles, CA 91601

              Chardas
              5820 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              1. maxzook Feb 22, 2009 08:28 PM

                There's a review from just a couple of days ago of Maximilian's in North Hollywood. I haven't tried it yet, but the menu mentions three different goulashes:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598293

                http://www.maxinnoho.com/

                There's also Duna Csarda on Melrose, but I wasn't terribly impressed ...

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