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May 23, 2009 03:09 PM

Healthy Food in Woodland Hills

We are taking a friend for a birthday lunch tomorrow (Sunday). She lives near
Topanga and Ventura Blvd so we would like to stay in that area.

She is dealing with some health issues and trying to lose weight so we would
like to go somewhere with healthy offerings. My partner and I are vegan.

Any suggestions?

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  1. your two best bets are Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park and Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana.

    Madeleine Bistro
    18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

    Follow Your Heart
    21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Yes, we thought of those 2 and, under normal circumstances we would go to Follow Your Heart (which we love), however, our friend is very, very heavy and, to be blunt, I don't
      think she could fit in the chairs they have.

      She is used to going to places like Cheesecake Factory, El Torito, etc., so I'm trying
      to come up with something that would be like a healthy version of those.

      Thanks for the good suggestions, though!!

      1. re: gossamered

        got it. well it's very thoughtful of you to do this for her. i hope you find a place!

        1. re: gossamered

          and the problem with madeline bistro, imho, is that their signature dishes are deep fat fried.
          taking someone who is trying to lose weight to that sort of place is akin to a hostile act. . .

      2. I suggest Le Pain Quotidian on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

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        1. re: Jet

          I suggest that you call ahead and explain the situation. Many restaurants will have a straight chair with no arms available for you. Also be sure there is enough room between tables for the guest to pass through and be confortable. This has been done with people in my own family.

        2. You might try Kate Mantilini, as it's to me a higher, healthier version of chain restaurants. They have some decent stuff, some healthy options, and will happily accommodate you as vegans.