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Going to Conan Show, Need Recs for Universal City --

Hi guys, we've got tickets to go see Conan O'Brien on April 25 at Universal City. We plan to have an early dinner first. We want to stay "up on the hill" for easy access to the venue, instead of going anywhere else (say, Musso and Frank's on Hollywood Blvd). And we haven't eaten anywhere "on the hill" for 3-4 years. So --
-- What's good these days at Universal City? Cafe Sierra buffet at the Hilton looks great, but expensive - is it worth it? Is there anything to speak about at the Sheraton Universal? How about CityWalk - I know it's a tourist trap, but is there anything there that's decent?
Any and all input appreciated! Thanks!

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    Anyone? Is it that much of a gastronomic wasteland? Any replies are welcome --

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    1. re: aurora50

      Mantee on Ventura Blvd.

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      Mantee
      10962 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

    2. Ca Del Sole on cahuenga http://www.cadelsole.com/

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      Ca Del Sole
      4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

      1. Ca del Sole is the nicest restaurant in the immediate vicinity of the Universal lot. This is not "up on the hill," however. There really aren't any nice places in Citywalk.

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        1. re: houndofmusic

          Yes, I checked out their website, and it looks wonderful. I may change my plans to eat there. I did have reservations at Cafe Sierra for their buffet - would that be a bad move? Is it just a tourist trap as well, and would I be wasting my money?

          1. re: aurora50

            honestly everything in there is a tourist trap...but if you're there, there's a darn good chance you're a tourist, and you're thereby trapped.

            1. re: aurora50

              Haven't been to Cafe Sierra, so I cannot say for certain. But I have been inside the Universal Hilton and it's nothing to write home about. I would opt for Ca del Sole if you're looking for a reasonably nice restaurant.

          2. Last week Pink's just opened a new location at the Citywalk. Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but they do have a pretty darn good chili dog.

            1. If you're willing to go nearby but not up on the hill, Caiotti Pizza Cafe would be the way to go, IMHO. www.caiotipizzacafe.com

              1. The buffet at the Universal Hilton is delicious. It was by far my favorite buffet I have eaten at recently. We ate at it for Easter. It was well worth the $50pp!

                There also a Chinese restaurant below the food court, across from the movies. It is at the City Wok. I've eaten there twice. Both times were very good. The thai salad, wonton soup, mongolian beef.... all delicious. I mean I'm sure there are better Chinese. However I live nearby and this is the best in the area for price/convenience.

                Miceles is also touristy but if you're going to Conan, it will add to the experience. Its a fun place. The only thing that I have eaten there that I have liked is the chopped salad, their bread and baked linguini. I dont think the baked linguini is on the menu but the chef will make it for you. Its just linguini with cheese baked on top.

                Hope this helped. Have fun at the show.

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                City Wok
                10949 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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                1. re: jerseygirldawn

                  Thanks everyone! You've given me more to contemplate --