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Food near Van Nuys FlyAway or REI in Northridge for an expatriate????

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Hi all,

I'm going out of the country for a while and would like to have really great LA food before leaving.
Can you suggest anything along these lines in either of these two locations?
(a) Van Nuys Airport (Exit Roscoe near 405)
(b) REI in Northridge (near Devonshire and Reseda, close to 118).

I love:
-- breakfast (eg. not super greasy diner, but fresh fruit stuffed pancakes or excellent vegetarian)
-- great bakery (not old school like Bea's, but european style like Europane with croissants, tarte tatin, espresso)
-- a great Korean place with great side dishes, soon dubu, hwe dup bap, or dolsot bibimbap, as good as Ktown korean, if its mediocre then i prefer a good sandwich.
-- really good sandwiches
-- or creole, hawaiian, chinese dimsum

thx in advance!!

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  1. btw, if none of the above are great in the area, should I visit Puro Sabor instead?

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    1. re: evernote

      Regardless of whether you get great recommendations, YES you should eat at Puro Sabor and you should have the causa rellena and a ceviche and any kind of stew you like off the specials menu and picarones for dessert...

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        how much do those items cost approx?

        1. re: evernote

          Ceviche is $15 or so, a causa rellena shouldn't be more than $8 or so, stews around $10. I haven't been in a while but it wasn't shockingly expensive.

    2. Not exactly next door to REI but still in Northridge, Brent's Deli for: excellent breakfast (and they open at 6 a.m.); great bakery (take one of those huge eclairs on the flight and you'll meet people); fabulous sandwiches (it's our best deli, evernote); and dolsot bibimbap, but you order it as a "schmeer." (Just kidding about that last one.) No creole or spam; the stuffed cabbage is as good as any dim sum and very grandmotherly for someone leaving the States.

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      Brent's Deli
      19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

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      1. re: Harry Nile

        Brent's black pastrami ruben in one of the best sandwiches in LA.

        1. re: Harry Nile

          what breakfast items do you recommend? and which sandwiches and side dishes do you like there? thx in advance!

          1. re: evernote

            They have a great corned beef hash and the smoked fish plates are excellent.

            1. re: evernote

              I'm a big fan of their lox, eggs and onions, for breakfast. It just doesn't get much better.

          2. Down Reseda from REI I have only had dinner and lunch but Emle's and I enjoyed those and they get good reviews for breakfast.
            http://www.emlesrestaurant.com/
            Near the Flyaway DiFrankos does a good pepper steak sandwich.

            1. For the Italian sandwich I would go to DeFrankos right by the Flyaway or to Brent's for a Deli sandwhich.

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              Brent's Deli
              19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

              Defrankos Italian Sandwiches
              7532 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406

              1. For Dim Sum there is A&W - it's ok, not SGV good but you'll get your dim sum fix in.
                You should definitely go to Puro Sabor! My favs are the shrimp chowder and beef heart skewers.

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                A & W Bbq & Seafood Restaurant
                7213 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335