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Jan 25, 2010 11:12 AM

URGENT help needed -- Monday night - "Interesting" in the Valley

My dad is visiting from out-of-state and just asked me to find an "interesting" place to take me for dinner tonight in the SFV. Sushi is out because it is a Monday night, but otherwise, we're open to pretty much anything in the Valley. Ethnic is fine, as is any price range. I

think he would like Chinese, but we cannot drive to SGV. He likes A&W in Northridge, but I think he wants to try something different.

Places I am considering:

Puro Sabor
Krua Thai (though he is not a big fan of Thai)
March (for a little more upscale)
Fab Hot Dogs (if I want to be a really cheap date)

I'd like to come up with a good Mexican place, but the best I can come up with El Taco Llama, which may be an even cheaper date than Fab.

Come on, Chowhounds. Help me out.

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  1. How about The Hummos Bar in Tarzana? Great food, wonderful kebabs and salads.

    1. Tough to go wrong with Puro Sabor.

      There's also El Katracho for Honduran food.

      El Katracho Restaurant
      14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

      Puro Sabor
      6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      1. if you want Mexican, i would recommend Sol y Luna on Ventura Blvd - same owners as Melody's and Las Fuentes, but the nicest of the 3 places. - great food!

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        1. re: Jelly71

          How do you get in there? Every time I've tried, it has had a wait of 40+ minutes. I considered Las Fuentes, but I think most of the food at El Taco Llama is better.

          1. re: Jwsel

            i tend to eat dinner early, so i miss the long waits at most places.

            i think Las Fuentes is much better than El Taco Llama, though. i like both, but i see ETL as a "grab and go" place, whereas i will sit and stay to eat at Las Fuentes.

            have you tried Salsa and Beer on White Oak? also good solid food at great prices. they sometimes have a wait, but it moves pretty fast, especially on a weeknight.

        2. How about Pho So 1 for vietnamese, at Sepulveda & Victory... Also, Les Tres Sisters for soul food, way way west on Devonshire?

          1. You could try Daichan in Studio City. I believe they are open on Mondays. Otherwise Tampa Gardens has been getting good buzz lately for good chinese.