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Foodandwine Apr 6, 2009 05:57 PM

Hi there,

Have an errand to run in Woodland Hills tomorrow and meeting a friend for lunch Any Houndish places. Thinking low vibe some kind of good ethnic food. Please help thanks..

  1. Foodandwine Apr 7, 2009 01:11 PM

    Hello all, thanks for your replies. Just got back from an early lunch with my friend. Since its his area I ended up deferring on his selection this morning. A & W Seafood near Nordorff and Reseda. We had Dim Sum . The selection was rather small but tasty for the area. Im not sure I would rush back, but it was nice to connect with my friend.. Thanks again

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    1. re: Foodandwine
      peppermonkey Apr 7, 2009 01:30 PM

      A & W is definitely not bad for the valley, better than chinatown places

      1. re: Foodandwine
        Jwsel Apr 7, 2009 04:00 PM

        Good choice. I would have recommended A&W as among the best Chinese in the west valley, but I figured it was too far north of the 101.

      2. Das Ubergeek Apr 7, 2009 09:40 AM

        I'd go to India Sweets & Spices on Sherman Way and Topanga Canyon...

        1. LA Buckeye Fan Apr 7, 2009 07:33 AM

          I know it's Americanized Mexican, but I like Sol y Luna on Ventura in Tarzana, across from the Corbin Bowl...nice potato tacos and strong Margarita

          Sol Y Luna
          19601 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA

          1. j
            Jwsel Apr 6, 2009 07:58 PM

            Alcazar in Encino for some of the best Lebanese in the city. I recommend sticking to the mezze -- the kibbye and the hummus alcazar (hummus with spices and fava beans) are my favorites.

            Thai 'n' I for Thai barbecue chicken or ribs. This is really a two-dish place, but the ribs especially are fantastic.

            Sushi Iki in Tarzana for excellent, but high-end, traditional sushi.

            If you are in a beef mode, Sampa Grill is a better-than-average churrascaria in Encino. Its beef is not as good as Fogo de Chao, but its salad bar was more varied the times I went. I've never had their lunch, but it seemed pretty reasonably priced for a place like that.

            17239 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

            Sushi Iki
            18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356

            Thai 'N I
            17544 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA

            Sampa Grill
            16240 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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            1. re: Jwsel
              Emme Apr 6, 2009 10:34 PM

              I was gonna recommend Alcazar as well.

              There's also Amer's Falafel in Encino

              Gochi is gyu kaku type restaurant where you grill yourself, but it's better than Gyu-Kaku IMO

              Zankou is on Sepulveda

              in the same place as Alcazar, there's a great little bakery/restaurant that has great macarons, as well as sammies and whatnot (not as ethnic, but maybe just dessert here)

              1. re: Emme
                RacerX Apr 6, 2009 11:17 PM

                For casual Mediterranean style food, I like California Pita and Grill, in Woodland Hills, on Ventura Blvd, between Canoga and Topanga Canyon. Good kabobs, gyros, hummus, etc. I personally love their lemon chicken combo,

                For sushi, Brother sushi, just down the street is pretty solid. Not cheap, but pretty reliable for quality fish.

                Brother Sushi
                21418 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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

                1. re: RacerX
                  Emme Apr 6, 2009 11:24 PM

                  Back when I could eat it, California Pita and Grill had the best vanilla frozen yogurt. It was definitely their machines; great consistency and flavor.

                2. re: Emme
                  Jwsel Apr 7, 2009 01:50 AM

                  I think Gochi closed and, at last drive-by, had another name. Jingo, I think. I heard it is generally the same style of dining and I also agree with you that it is better than Gyu Kaku. However, I was just looking at the website and it looks like, in the change from Gochi to Jingo, they eliminated the dinners where you could get meat for BBQ, salad, soup, and either California roll or spicy tuna for about $15. That was a great deal and made Gochi much less expensive than Gyu Kaku. Because the items are now all sold individually, I suspect the price will be much higher than it used to be.

                  Emme mentioned Zankou. There was a post about a new Zankou in Tarzana, which uses fresh garlic paste (not the pre-packed foil ones). So I would go there over the one on Sepulveda.

                  For non-traditional sushi (i.e., crazy rolls), Sushi Ichiban Kan opened recently in Woodland Hills. The chef was the original chef at Hirosuke in Encino and he is very creative. Tha hamachi jalapeno was excellent and they make an incredibly decadent baked green mussel (with mussel, avocado, sweet mayonnaise and smelt egg). They have some reasonably priced lunch specials on the menu: http://sushiichiban-kan.com/default.aspx

                  Zankou Chicken Tarzana Inc.
                  19598 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

                  Sushi Ichiban Kan
                  19723 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA

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                ldodb Apr 6, 2009 07:40 PM


                Go's Mart
                22330 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303

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                  ldodb Apr 6, 2009 07:40 PM

                  Go get some of the best sushi in the LA area at Go's Mart at Shoup and Sherman Way.
                  Can get a bit pricey but amazing quality. Quite a few reviews on this board.

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