Any Good Eats in Northridge?
My husband David will be job training for another week in your city and I was wondering if y'all have any good recs for not-too-fancy eats and/or hidden gems. We live in the SF Bay Area right now and are unfamilar with the culinary offerings of the Southlands. Can you please help?
If he has a short time, I would strongly suggest Brent's and Mandarin Deli. There are a lot of good spots in Northridge, but I think these are the ones with 'institutional' status.
Brent's: This is the one deli with a huge menu, where everything on the menu is actually good (usually VERY good!). The black pastrami ruben is I think the only pastrami in the LA area close to what Langer's has (which is probably not an easy haul for your DH), and blows away anything else in the area. Again, even if you aren't into pastrami you would be hard-pressed to find a bad meal here.
Mandarin Deli: This is the SFV outpost of the Chinatown Mandarin Deli which was a mini-chain for about 10 years. Excellent cold-side dishes. AWESOME hand-cut noodle dishes and soups. There are some other cooked dishes on the menu which aren't as impressive, but you would be crazy to order them anyway. Very nice people there too.
I consider those the 'iconic' places in Northridge, but that just scratches the surface. There is India Sweets & Spices, BCD Tofu, Shik Do Rak, and so many other 'ethnic' eats. Fab hot dogs on Tampa (which has been pretty trendy here for a while) is just down the street.
Good red-sauce Italian food at Adrian's Trattoria on White Oak and Vanowen -- not Northridge but not terribly far from it. The address on Winnetka is no longer valid.
Really very good vegetarian Indian food at Woodlands in Chatsworth, which is north and west of Northridge. If your husband is not the "must sit down and have waiter service" type, he might enjoy the cafe at India Sweets & Spices (only the one linked below -- the others are inferior). It's steam tables, with some things made to order, it is unbelievably cheap, it is unbelievably divey but good. Two vegetables, rice, yoghurt, bread, pickles, pakora and a samosa for under $5.
India Sweets & Spices
22011 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91304
9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311
17709 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA 91335
Brent's Deli, but be sure to order deli foods: pastrami, corned beef, egg dishes, soups.
Rosie's BBQ at Topanga and Lassen: Tri-tip sandwiches and home-made chips.
Red balls pizza on Topanga across from the westfield mall. (rock n roll pizza)
19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324
Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza
6549 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303
Rosie's BBQ Kitchen
10220 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Without a doubt-Brent's deli. I think it's the best deli in L.A. I would also suggest A and W Seafood for dimsum, Les Sisters- for creole/soul food in nearby Chatsworth. My all time favorite mexican restaurant,Salsa and Beer, is also close by in Reseda. There is almost every type of ethnic restaurants imaginable in Northridge and the surrounding area. Have fun..