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Sep 5, 2009 09:04 PM

Moving to West Hills. Need suggestions.

TItle says it. Moving to new area with 2 small kids. Need suggestions for all types of food, all price ranges, etc. Thanks.

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    Additionally, search neighborhoods such as Northridge,Calabasas, Encino, Tarzana, Chatsworth, Van Nuys from previous posts and you won't run out of places to try.

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    1. re: selfportrait93

      Lots of great restaurants in your area. Take advice to search out neighboring cities.

    2. There are endless opportunities in the Woodland Hills area and the 2 shopping malls. There is Ruby's Diner, Maggianos, Roy's, Fleming's, Kate Mantilini, Ruth's Chris, Food Court in the Westfield Topanga Mall, Jerry's Deli, oh and Fallbrook Mall; Stonefire Grill, Red Lobster, Sushi Little Brother's, Alessio's, nice Italian. Piacere, PF Changs, Friday's, El Torito, you could probably eat some place new for months! You will have to go to The Common's in Calabasas; lot's to eat there and movies too. King Fish is great.

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      1. re: hungrykitty

        And emblematic of the west valley, nearly all of these recommendations are chains that can be found in many other neighborhoods as well. The Brent's Deli in Northridge or Westlake Village is very good though.
        Most of the rest of this list could be forgotten and your wallet and stomach would be better off for it. Neighborhood grocery stores such as Gelson's or Whole Foods have nice salad bars for lunch with good selection, price and value.

        1. re: hungrykitty

          No offense, but if I didn't read the title of the post your list wouldn't help me to figure out whether you were talking about Woodland Hills, Mission Viejo, Rancho Cucamonga or even Kissimmee, Florida.

          I'll go with King's Fish House, though it's a chain, and I like the non-imaginative food at Kate Mantilini (the parts of the menu where they tried to get inventive are never, ever good -- and those parts read like a schizophrenic shopping list threw up on the menu). Stick with tried-and-true things like mac and cheese, or meatloaf, and you will be happier chez Kate.

          I don't actually know where the boundaries of West Hills would be, but there's Woodlands (vegetarian Indian) on Topanga Canyon, and also India Sweets & Spices on Topanga. I will confess to really liking the green beans with pork and the slippery shrimp at Yang Chow, also on Topanga (but much of the rest of the menu is extremely "meh"). Brent's Deli is very good if you want to go to Northridge, and Priyani, which is a Sri Lankan place and pretty much the textbook definition of a "hole in the wall", is excellent -- just ask what they have ready instead of trying to order off the menu, though.

          If you head east along Ventura there are some excellent Middle Eastern places in Tarzana and Encino, such as Itzhak Hagadol ("Jacob the Great") and Alcazar.

          Incidentally, for coffee I actually really like the Village Coffee Roaster in the Vons shopping center on Valley Circle / Mulholland Dr / whatever you want to call it / on the corner of Ave San Luis.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Yes, the coffee roaster is quite good, and has been there for quite a few years.

        2. Brent's deli in Northridge. Black pastrami ruben.

          1. I grew up in Woodland Hills, and there is an excellent place for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, etc. El Tapatio is on Victory Blvd. right across from the Fallbrook Mall. The al pastor is terrific.

            El Tapatio
            22806 Victory Blvd.
            Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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            1. re: pinpei

              I totally agree! I go for tacos al pastor at least once a week!

              El Tapatio
              22806 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

              1. re: AudriVio

                I bet our paths have crossed at ET, we are regulars (as much as you can be at that place) and the Pastor is my taco of choice (Mrs. Swift gets carnitas, as did I until I discovered their Pastor). The Pastor burrito is swell and the shrimp cocktail is very good too.

            2. For really good, but pricey sushi, there's Go's Market on Sherman Way and Shoup Ave. Its located in a mini mall and its really just a tiny market with a small sushi bar.

              Also on that corner near Go's is Nico's Family Retaurant, decent option for breakfast and light lunch.

              Lastly, across the street from Nico's, in the mall next to Ralphs is a decent deli, Weiler's. Good breakfasts, soups and sandwiches there. It's not Brent's, but its more conveinent if you're in the neighborhood, and I actually find it to be pretty solid. Also there's not the long wait that Brent's often has.

              Nico's Family Restaurant
              7166 Shoup Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91307

              Go's Mart
              22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

              Weiler's Deli Restaurant
              22323 Sherman Way Ste 25, Canoga Park, CA 91303