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Apr 28, 2010 08:44 PM

Birthday in the Valley

We are taking Mom out for her birthday on Saturday and it has to be in the Valley. Lunch is better than dinner. She is not a big fan of very fancy, expensive places; for lunch we usually go to Brent's, Mandarin Deli, A&W, Hummus Bar&Grill, all the usual suspects. We've also been to Cafe Bizou too many times, although I do like that they give you that yummy flourless chocolate cake for your birthday.


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  1. are you open to ethnic?

    Thai abounds in NoHo.
    Alcazar in Encino
    Perhaps Caioti on Tujuna
    Spazzio for brunch
    Stanley's is easy and in the same range in Sherman Oaks
    Carnival on Woodman (maybe not nice enough)
    Puro Sabor for outstanding Peruvian
    Il Tiramisu for nicer and more traditional
    Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks

    ...some more clarification might assist us in assisting you :)

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

    Cafe Cordiale
    14015 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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    1. re: Emme

      We are open to just about everything. Thanks for the hint.

      1. re: susans

        perhaps also Simon Cafe or Cucina Bene on Sepulveda.

        Cucina Bene
        4511 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

      2. re: Emme

        Good question. We appreciate the food of almost everywhere.

        1. I used to take my mom to the same restaurants. How about Robin Hood pub on Burbank for fish and chips? Or La Frite (there are two locations). D'Cache in Toluca Lake is also open for lunch.

          La Frite
          15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

          10717 Riversde Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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          1. re: Sandra W

            La Frite is one of my mom's favorites (we also do Bizou a lot for birthdays and events).

            Roy's in Woodland Hills is another good option. I don't think the Woodland Hills branch is as good as downtown, but it is still good food and a nice setting.

            La Frite
            22616 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

            1. re: Jwsel

              You should try Marche (used to be Max) on Ventura Blvd. Quite lovely and excellent desserts.

              1. re: eaterg

                As another post details, Marche is closed.