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Jul 29, 2010 12:25 PM

Lunch in the Valley before heading up I-5?

Does anybody know some place to eat a good lunch before we head up towards Seattle on I-5? We live in Hollywood, so one possibility is to gas up at Costco in either Burbank or Sherman Oaks and then eat somewhere around one of those places before we head up the 5. The only things I have thought of so far are Krua Thai in North Hollywood and I haven't tried Vicious Dogs which is in that neck of the woods as well.

We aren't looking for something fancy but thought it would be a good chance to try something we might not normally get to otherwise. Any ideas are welcome-we love just about every cuisine. It would be great if it isn't TOO far from a freeway but we I would drive for something better than a Denny's just off the freeway :)

Krua Thai Restaurant
13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

Vicious Dogs
5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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  1. Lunchtime is no time to sit in the Valley and wait for traffic to start getting nasty.....get thee the heck out of town and stop up the road. Here's a place just off the 5 about an hour from Burbank, and another that's a little further up:

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    1. vicious dogs is not worth the stop

      if you're even considering vicious, I'd rather go to Hayat's kitchen and get falafel.

      Skaf's is also great

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      1. re: ns1

        Try Portos on Magnolia and Hollywood way. I recommend the empanadas and potato balls. The pastries are also good. They also serve sandwiches,

        1. re: lenanozizwe

          Good choice. I'd forgotten about them.

          1. re: lenanozizwe

            2nd portos, if you don't have one around you. Mad house between 1130-130 though.

        2. Here are several options near Costco in Van Nuys:

          Pho 999, which is at Victory and Sepulveda. Good pho and spring rolls.

          Puro Sabor on Van Nuys Blvd,.about a half-block south of Victory, for excellent ceviche. One order will serve two people.

          By the 5 and 170, you won't go wrong with Krua Thai. Several blocks east is a branch of El Taco Llama, which is my favorite taqueria in the valley. You can get great carne asada or beef birria tacos with their fantastic, smokey salsa roja. (There also is an El Taco Llama near the Costco in Van Nuys, at Haskell and Vanowen, but I find it not nearly as good as the one in North Hollywood.)

          I would pass on Portos given your timing. The last time I tried to go their around noon, I spent 20 minutes driving around before I found a parking space.

          Simon's Cafe on Sepulveda just south of Ventura for Moroccan/Mediterranean.

          Krua Thai Restaurant
          13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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

          1. Yeah, I'd get out of the valley too ASAP but, not before you stop at Portos to p/u treats for the road. That Newhall pass is a *^$#! So, pass the valley quick and soon you'll hit Valencia. Not a foodie vortex but, one really good place is in Canyon Country off the 14 @ the 5 La Cocina Bar and Grill: There's 2 locations. I frequent the Bouquet Cyn one. Outside patio, very relaxed environ, great service, attention and food. :) You can't go wrong if Mex is ok for you. :)

            1. Thank you thank you! Given all the advice we may try and get out earlier and try one of the places in Valencia, Gorman, etc. I promise to post any of the interesting places we find further north for any of you interested in the LA-Seattle route :)