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Feb 4, 2010 12:55 PM

Need lunch suggestions - Lankershim/Magnolia in NoHo

Just moved to North Hollywood for work, and looking for lunch suggestions - within walking distance or 5-7 minute drive. Love the hole-in-the-wall, local joints where food takes precedence over everything else.

Here's what I've looked at so far:
Eclectic cafe - should be great, is pretty average
Casita Taco - pretty good
Eat - pretty good

What else? Sushi, Thai, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Salads, etc?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You are right on top of Pit Fire Pizza http://www.pitfirepizza.com/ at the location and heading west on Magnolia you'll come to Sitton's Diner in no time for some American diner food.

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    1. re: Servorg

      One other close by is the Kansas City BBQ Company on Magnolia east of that intersection only a short drive: http://www.thekansascitybbqcompany.com/

      1. re: Servorg

        have yet to go to the KC BBQ but just followed the link to their menu - sure does seem expensive.....

      2. re: Servorg

        Sitton's used to be merely adequate at best (some on this Board had a much harsher word for it), and the service could border on rude; I went there because they still have such things as liver and onions. Last time I went it was much improved in every respect.

        1. re: Will Owen

          Agreed Will. Worst chicken fried steak I ever ate.

      3. There's a Philly Cheesesteak place a bit north of Lankershim on south side of Magnolia. Their chicken cheese steak is awesome. give me a sec and I'll find then name and address...

        wow! glad to see they've extended their hours too!
        Mon-Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
        Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

        Philadelphia Sandwiches
        11112 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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        1. re: kiwi

          My office is on Magnolia at Tujunga and this is my go to place when the wife doesn't want to cook. Their hoagie cheese steak with everything is the best I've had in Los Angeles and their FRESH french fries are great. I a great salt eater decline additional salt with their fries. Not that they are overseasoned they are perfectly seasoned. A Russian husband and wife team cooking Philly cheese steaks in Los Angeles. Pure synergisim.

          1. re: Hughlipton

            is this the one next to the billiards joint?

            also, any comparison to the other 2 cheesesteak joints in burbank?

            1. re: ns1

              Yes, it's just east of the billiards place and I think it is better than the others nearby.

        2. I am very familiar with this neighborhood. I heartily second Kansas City BBQ. Love their Burnt Ends Sandwich, Beans and Sweet Potato Fries, and the pork ribs can be delicious, though inconsistent.

          For middle-eastern sandwiches, the Hy Mart Deli, at the intersection of Lankershim and Vineland, is a hidden gem. I love the veggie baby on a french roll (they even have a little panini press to put some extra crunch on the crust), though all of their sandwiches with falafel are delicious. Plus it's a true mom and pop operation, and they're very nice people.

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          1. re: BearCity

            hymart deli is GOD

            They have moved next to H Salt Fish n Chips as of this writing

            - Hymart Deli
            - El Taco Llama
            - Taco truck at 7/11 on Vineland/Burbank
            - Skaf's!!!
            - Zankou
            - Willie's Grill (fish n chips, in Burbank)

            I also eat at Kansas City BBQ but find their owners "less than amiable", especially when you ask for togo containers of bbq sauce.

            Vicious Dogs is also in the area, although I have never been. Also order from "Bollywood Cafe" in Studio City. I laughed at the name too but the food is quite decent, and they deliver.

            NO DICE for Asian food, although a certain spot in Reseda is calling my name.

            1. re: ns1

              Thanks - I'll check these out this week!

              1. re: kedar5150

                I definitely second El Taco Llama, which I prefer to La Casita, though it is basically an outdoor stand at the car wash on Magnolia, just east of Cahuenga. Try the asada and birria tacos with the smokey red salsa. I also really liked the tostada ceviche.

                For burgers, though I've never tried it, Jack's Classic at the intersection of Tujunga, Riverside & Camarillo has received some good reviews on this board.

                Kansas City BBQ is okay. I liked the brisket, but the food wasn't that great. If I worked nearby, though, I might go there more option.

                In Burbank, on Olive, is Ribs U.S.A. Despite its name, stay away from the ribs. The hot wings, however, are very good. If you like wings, it's worth trying. Otherwise, stay away.

                Choza Mama for Peruvian is in the same general vicinity. It is decent for ceviche.

                The two Burbank restaurants may be pushing distance, though you probably can get there within a 5-7 minute drive.

                1. re: Jwsel

                  Q-Cina Green Cafe has good food and the prices are great for what you get.


                  1. re: Jwsel

                    Their chili dogs and hamburger's are great. Their real secret, to me, is their grilled pastrami which I order on a hamburger bun with nothing but mustard and pickle chips. Another great place.

                    Jack's Classic Hamburgers
                    11375 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                2. re: ns1

                  However, avoid H Salt, in contention for worst F&C in the Valley, IMAO.

                  1. re: Akitist

                    Yes, instead go to Willie's Grill, which somehow serves some of the best FnC around; all with the unique decor of being a deli inside of a liquor store.

                    Where else can you pick up fish n chips, a steel reserve, and a pack of strawberry swishes all in one stop?

                  2. re: ns1

                    Just tried Skaf's for the first time today, and it's miles better than the Glendale location. The service is vastly more friendly, and the stuffed eggplant and grape leaves special was outstanding. The lamb kabob was also very good.

                    Hummus was very fresh, with a nice dose of olive oil.

                    One complaint: They could use some fresher pickles (pink pickled turnips). These were too firm, and kind of dry. But this is a minor complaint that was completely overshadowed by the great service. I will definitely drive to go to this place again.

                    1. re: lil mikey

                      I've been going to the Glendale location for years...gotta make a stop to the NoHo branch one of these days

                3. Coley's for Jamaican/Carribean food. Stay away from the goat, though. The chicken in various preparations is good, as is the fish.

                  Maximilian's is an upscale, white tablecloth affair with quite good Austrian food.

                  1. If you went out to dine at a French restaurant in 1970, Le Petit Chateau is the kind of place you almost certainly ended up at. It's one of the very few places that still serves things like Beef Wellington on their dinner menu. For lunch they're more reasonably priced and offering things like omelettes and a very good hamburger.

                    I'm very partial to the Indian food at Salomi, not as authentic as what you're likely to find in Artesia, it's somewhat more in the style of British Raj food. It supposedly was (is?) George Harrison's favorite L. A. restaurant.

                    I haven't been to Tokyo Delve's in twenty-five years, but that's the sushi joint in the 'hood.

                    The best pizza in the East Valley is five minutes away at Caioti on Tujunga near Moorpark, the last restaurant run by Ed LaDou who helped invent what's come to be known as "California pizza". In the same block are Gelato Bar owned by Nancy Silverton and Press Panini owned by Silverton's brother, both offering excellent examples of their title wares. And Village Gourmet has very good takeout salads and sandwiches for an impromptu picnic in Woodbridge Park.

                    Caioti Pizza Cafe
                    4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Salomi Indian & Bangladesh Restaurant
                    5225 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                    Gelato Bar Wholesale & Retail
                    4342 1/2 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

                    Village Gourmet
                    4357 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA

                    Le Petit Chateau Restaurant
                    4615 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

                    Tokyo Delve's Sushi Bar
                    5239 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601