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Buying a house in North Hills, what is good to eat there?

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So I have lived in Hollywood for the last 13 years, but my fiancée and I are about to close on a house in the North Hills area, and neither of us know the area at all. Is there good food up there, what is it and where.

We go out to the San Gabriel area at least once a month for Dim Sum, Dumplings, or Pho, and will probably still do that. I also live right near Palm Thai, so that is always an alternative, but I just know nothing up in that part of the valley.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. North Hills is slapped up against a few good areas. So, in San Fernando THE best tamales: Old Tamale Facotry on Maclay and First. Not far at all. Just take Sep. N towards San Fernando - 5 min from you. Then curve around to what turns into Brand. McClay is 1 blk W. There's a Vallarta Market at Sepulveda/Chatsworth 9136 Sepulveda Blvd.
    Love this place. Check out everything to see what turns you on if you've never been. I go for cheese/veges. seafoods/chick and the yummy Panderia - 4/2.00$! If you take Chatsworth W you'll hit Granada Hills in 5 - From Chatsworth turn R on Balboa and go 1 blk to San Fernando Mission. On the E side there's a T.J.'s and behind that a Mid-Eastern mkt w/really good babganouj/hummus and youghurt. search the board for Van Nuys/Granada Hills/Northridge. You're really not far from any of those areas. Anytime you want to meet somewhere just holler! KQ :)

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      And also right there by TJ is Italia Deli which had great subs and takeout Italian food.

      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        Not too far is Carrillo's, which has homemade tortillas and tamales. It's a little hole in the wall. The burritos are awesome. The carnitas have the right taste and good size. It's at the corner of Pico and S. Kallisher St right behind the Valu Plus supermarket and the Gallo Giro (great carnitas and panaderia here, BTW).

        http://www.carrillostamales.com/

        1. re: Kitchen Queen

          Regarding the Vallarta Market, my daughter swears by their produce. She says the watermelon from there has already been outstanding this summer, and I know her standards for watermelon are pretty high...

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          Vallarta Restaurant
          563 W Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015

        2. Brent's deli in Northridge is one of the best delis in LA.

          1. Thanks for the replies. I will have to check them out.

            So far we had Tamales at a place on Nordhoff just East of the 405, which was was pretty tasty, as well as a Mexican place called Dos Arbolitos at Woodley and Nordhoff that was also pretty good (great sandwiches).

            And have been pretty impressed by A&W seafood. Sure not the same as driving out to San Gabriel, but for how close it is, we were pretty darn impressed.

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            1. re: jonahlee

              Dos Arbolitos and A&W are 2 of my favorites in the area. We lived in Chatsworth for almost 8 years and just bought a house in Porter Ranch so we're still in the same general area, just further east. I work near Dos Arbolitos so I have it once a week or so. :)

              If you like Indian, try takeout from Punjab Palace (you can eat there but they do mostly takeout and a large catering business). There's a good India Sweets and Spices on Topanga and Sherman Way for fast food vegetarian Indian.

              Shamshiri on Tampa and Roscoe has decent Persian food.

              Angelo's on Mason and Devonshire for good Italian food.

              Brother's and Little Brother's Sushi are both around Topanga and Ventura. Love the garlic shrimp roll! We also like Omino Sushi at Devonshire and Variel.

              Rincome Thai on Balboa and Devonshire -- great spicy noodles, yellow curry and other great goodies.

              Cafe Graikos at Tampa and Rinaldi for greek food. I like the Chicken Skordalia plate but they have lots of great things to choose from.

              There's a good cuban restaurant at Saticoy and Sepulveda. I always forget the name, but it's on the east side of the street. Parking is hard to find, and they speak limited English but they have great cuban sandwiches.

              1. re: jonahlee

                thank you for the mention of the tamale place; my daughter lives around the corner from there and it has been on my list to try. Did you have a favorite among the types of tamales?

                1. re: susancinsf

                  I always like the sweet corn ones, which are the first I try. Also tried some desert ones.

                  This place is not the best, in fact id doesn't touch the Tamale Maiden at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, but for convenience and location it is worth checking out.

                  1. re: jonahlee

                    got a chance to check it out yesterday. I did like the tamale de pina, but the corn ones didn't do much for me. Not enough corn bits for my taste; tasted like sugared masa. The pork was also rather bland. My favorite was the chicken: lots of flavorful shredded chicken with a nice level of spicing. They also have Mexican breakfasts, with a sign advertising tortillas 'hecho a mano' though I definitely saw packaged ones on the counter. Four tamales is enough for two meals , they are generously sized.

              2. This recent thread ought to be of some help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/645460

                1. Pampas Cafe in Granada Hills. Great Argentinian food!

                  1. Still searching around the area trying to find places.

                    We have been going to GOOD PHO YOU for Pho and Boba, and Frozen Yogurt.

                    Caruso's Cucina Italiana on Roscoe has some amazing BBQ. Damn it was tasty, and I love their BBQ sauce.

                    And we are regulars are Brent's. Damn their Corned Beef Reuben is amazing!

                    Was recommended Hiro Sandwiches, but have not gone since it is not open on Sundays (when my wife and I usually go out).

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                    Caruso's Cucina Italiana
                    16141 Roscoe Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

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                    1. re: jonahlee

                      What about the rest of the menu at Caruso's? Any good?

                      1. re: susans

                        The BBQ is fantastic, but I didn't really look too deeply into the rest of the food on the menu, though it looked good. I plan on going back for the BBQ a 3rd time, so...

                      2. re: jonahlee

                        Finally Tried Hiro's and enjoyed it, though I am allergic to tomatoes, so the tomatoe salad on the sandwich is not my favorite (even if it tastes good), but the roast beef was fantastic as was the bread.

                      3. The LA Times just ran a story on Casa Don Rolando:

                        http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                        I haven't been there yet but it's high on my list of places to try.

                        Casa Don Rolando
                        8755 Parthenia Pl, North Hills, CA 91343
                        818-920-2272
                        http://www.casadonrolando.com/

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                        1. re: Peripatetic

                          Thanks, have to try it!

                        2. brents is real good but can be very busy. there is a good deli on nordoff and balboa called weilers very good.i go to dos arbolitos really good in the same center as dos is an argentina resturant thats great. on sepulveda and devonshire there is and steak place safari room been there for years not bad for a inexpencive steak dinner and across the street is an italian rest. boun gusto and on sepulevda and san fernando mission is le affaire international food very good. and next to italia deli is a real butcher shop

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                          1. re: tnsquire

                            Tried Weilers and it had great service, but I felt the Reuben couldn't touch the one at Brents.

                          2. Los Tres Hermanos is at the corner of Sepulveda and Plummer. They have the best chicken tacos--both their crispy and soft tacos are great.

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                            Los Tres Hermanos Restaurant
                            1049 San Fernando Rd, San Fernando, CA 91340

                            1. Try Matt & Tony's, on Sepulveda, for good Italian subs. You might want to try the Bear Pit BBQ, also on Sepulveda. The food looks good on tv commercial but I haven't been there in 25 years so I can't say anything about the food.

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                              1. re: mucho gordo

                                I have heard of Bear Pit from a friend who has not been in ages. And will have to check out Matt & Tony's. Thanks.