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Non-Chain restaurants in Woodland Hills

Hi: I am spending a week in Woodland Hills and am desperate to find some good local places to eat, and I don't mean PF Changs. Some restaurants with good food, a decent wine list, doesn't have to be fancy but a place that a foodie will be happy. Ethnic food is good too, but I am looking to stay pretty local for at least a few nights. Thanks

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  1. Try Dan's Famous Subs

    Gorikee for a great burger

    Bobby's Coffee Shop

    The Little Cafe - breakfast

    The Baker - breakfast and great challah

    Cici's cor breakfast

    Brother's Sushi on Ventura

    Hummus Bar and Grill - technically in Tarzana just a bit east of WH

    Weiler's Deli for pastrami

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    1. re: Emme

      Gorikee is long gone. You might think about La Frite -- which has stores in Woodland Hills and in Sherman Oaks, but I don't think would qualify as a "chain" in the sense you are using the word. Nice menu (I always love their half chicken and frites), decent wine list, great (and large) martinis. http://www.lafritecafe.com/

        1. re: Emme

          Are you referring to the mistake about Gorikee, or the fact that the average age of La Frite's patrons is in the, uh, senior range?

          1. re: ozhead

            the former but the latter isnt too far off :)

    2. Sushi Iki
      18663 Ventura Blvd

      -features live seafood-lobster, scallops, shrimp, sea urchin, and more-very expensive.

      Ichiban Kan
      19723 Ventura Blvd.
      Woodland Hills, CA 91364

      -good sushi more reasonably priced.

      Yang Chow
      6443 Topanga Canyon- half block north of Victory
      Chinese-American style

      1. Brandywine on Ventura west of Topanga is French/continental-ish. Excellent but can get very expensive very quickly. Sushi Spot on Ventura for traditional sushi. Cavaretti's Italian market on Sherman Way west of Topanga for subs. The trouble is that most of the places with truly Houndly food don't have wine lists.

          1. Do you like Indian? Copper Chimney in Woodland Hills is terrific. The chef has cooked all over the world, most recently in Santa Monica, and this is his first place on his own. I thought the tandoori was excellent, particularly the fish (Chilean sea bass!) and I loved the goat curry, a specialty of the chef's homeland, Uttar Pradesh. Great stuffed naan, too.

            It's not much to look at; it sort of looks like a lunch counter as a matter of fact. And forget about the wine list. But they do have beer and possibly they would let you BYO; I haven't checked. I think it's the best Indian food for miles around. And it's right in the 'hood!

            Copper Chimney
            19737 Ventura Blvd.
            Woodland Hills

            Copper Chimney
            Woodland Hills, CA, Woodland Hills, CA

            1. Brent's (Parthenia), Brother's Sushi ( Ventura Bl), Copper Chimney, ( Ventura Bl and Corbin) Moksha (Sherman Way and De Soto) Maria's Kitchen (Muholland Dr), Octopus Sushi (Ventura Bl), Shirin( Mediterranean Food) at Ventura Bl., Schezwan Chinese Rest. (Roscoe and Topanga Cyn). Some of the places I mentioned are not too far from Woodland Hills. It is worth driving there to taste quality food.

              1. My Brothers Barbeque on Ventura between Topanga and Canoga.