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Nov 1, 2010 10:17 AM

new college student in Santa Clarita???

Just moved here from Arizona, and was wondering if there are any great places up in Santa Clarita!? I have a car, so I can also go into hollywood and the surrounding area, but I'm looking for something that I can afford, and don't have to drive too far to get!

Thanks so much!

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  1. You might take a look at the archives for some good recommendations to begin your Santa Clarita chow search:

    1. I've been working in Santa Clarita for a few years now (live in Pasadena) and found it to full of chains, so if that's your thing, you set. If you want to step out of the chain, here is the list of places that I've found that I like, though I'm sure there are more.

      Maru - probably the best restaurant in the SCV, the sushi is generally fresh

      Urbane Cafe- it's a small Cali-chain, their bread is kind of funky, but the sandwich are decent and it comes with a pretty good salad

      Italia Panetteria and Deli - pretty good Italian Deli with fresh made sandwiches from Boar's Head meat and some pasta dishes which are ok.

      Maria's Italian-American Deli - an older, bigger version of Italia, with pizza as well. The sandwiches aren't as good (mostly because of the bread) but they have a bigger menu

      Grill Kabob - as far as I know, the only decent Mediterranean place in the are, skip AtoZ, Mediterranean Skewer (for the love of god), and I much prefer Grill Kabob to Athena's in Canyon Country

      Tri Tips - decent BBQ, again the best of the lot in SCV

      Jasmine Thai - Pretty good straight ahead Thai food, I prefer this over 'Mom Can Cook'

      Sabor - a "fancier" sit-down Mexican place which is waaay better than El Torito,

      I will admit that I don't really know much about the Taco joints in the SCV, I go to Las Delicias on the Old Road, but only because it's close to work and the girls that run the place are nice. As for pizza, nothing has blown me away, but the is plent of OK pizza, Nick and Joe's, Tomato Joe's come to mind.

      One good source for food in SCV can be found here

      Mike is pretty honest with his reviews and doesn't give them any slack just because they are local, which I like.

      Good luck and let me know if you find anything worthy


      Maria's Italian-American Deli
      22620 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

      Grill Kabob
      27653 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

      Jasmine Thai Restaurant
      1145 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93003

      1201 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

      Mediterranean Skewers
      28050 Hasley Canyon Rd, Castaic, CA 91384

      Tomato Joe's
      27732 McBean Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91354

      7 Replies
      1. re: inlikeflt

        Just a word about Grill Kabob. I was in a little hurry, so I ordered the gyros. Soonafter I noticed that the spit appeared non-functional, and the grill was just a big griddle, a la a short-order kitchen. Two frozen gyros patties were slapped on the grill, and in about 15 minutes I had my gyros. I can't remember the last time I took a bite of something, dumped it into the garbage, and then went looking for something else. I mean, I haven't been 6 years old in a long time. But Grill Kabob drove me to this behavior.

        Gotta be something else up there...(or, at least the super-abundance of Med. food in the SFV is a short drive away around dinnertime!).

        Grill Kabob
        27653 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

        1. re: cant talk...eating

          I see this happen at many kabob restaurants.

          1. re: reality check

            Yeah, I did not have the gyro the times I've been there

          2. re: cant talk...eating

            I've been searching the boards for this area myself as I will be there for about 5 days and I ran across a post that mentions a Med. place called Manoushee on Sierra Hwy. Sounds promising. can anyone comment??

            27131 Sierra Hwy 100, Canyon Country, CA

            1. re: starre

              Manoushee is very good...but be's a take away place, and not a sit down restuarant. They have one table inside, but it's like sitting in the middle of a deli. Nice owner.

              27131 Sierra Hwy 100, Canyon Country, CA

              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                that's cool no problem with that kind of enviro

          3. re: inlikeflt

            just looked at Mike's reviews and was reminded of a place I tried last time I was out there Taco Y Burritos El Pato. 2 brothers own this place and the meats are cooked outside on a wood grill. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner. Everything is in the 5 to 8 $ range. As Mike said they put whole beans on the tacos which was kind of strange but they also have grilled onions and jalapenoes on there too which were mighty tasty. Funny I found the menu in my suitcase this morning from when I was out there in April. They are located at 22950 Lyons Ave Newhall 661-254-2585

          4. Welcome! For great mexican, Torta Ahogada's on Main Street. For Indian, I like Karma over on Cinema Drive. For thai, I love Siam Rice on San Fernando. Excellent pick king. I like Athena's in Canyon Country, but their hours are iffy. For pizza, not cheap, but Vincenzio's make a good thick, garlicky crust, if you're into that sort of thing. For breakfast, Lilly's cafe at the Valencia Bowling ally on Lyons is good, as is Egg Plantation...and they serve booze, for your breakfast booze needs. I love the spicy salami sandwich at Maria's Italian Deli, and they have a nice selection of Italian products for home cooking. For higher end Italian, I like Sisleys at the mall. Dinks in the Granery Square strip mall has good bagels and the Hamburger Habit in the same center makes a tasty burger. Next to Hamburger Habit is The Alamo...good nachos. Not the best mexican around, but on a spring day on their patio with a margarita...makes everything taste better.

            I hope this helps. We do have little pockets of goodness, you just have to look for them.

            Hamburger Habit
            8954 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            Main Street Cafe
            12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840

            Sisley Restaurant
            10800 W Pico Blvd Ste 193, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Maria's Italian Deli
            202 W Holt Blvd, Ontario, CA 91762

            4 Replies
            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              You are confusing The Habit Burger Grill, a fast food style franchised, burger place, with many locations; and Hamburger Habit, more of a diner style burger place, which only has two locations, Palms, and Hollywood.

              I couldn't believe, at one time, Hamburger Habit was rated one of the top burgers in LA.

              Hamburger Habit
              8954 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

              1. re: reality check

                I meant "The Habit" and it was autolinked. Sorry for the confusion. I like their burgers. Different strokes, I guess.

                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                  You got it confused again. I like The Habit burgers, though a bit pricey.

                  I do not like Hamburger Habit-which at one time was rated the best burger in LA.

            2. CalArts student?

              I didn't do much chowing in the SCV when I was attending CalArts, but the places I remember thinking were pretty good were Siam Rice, Maria's, and some hole-in-the-wall Mexican place in Newhall my roommate took me to. I wish I knew the name, but I didn't know it then either.

              Then there's the Saugus Café. Not really my thing, but some people seem to love it.

              There's better chow in LA, but then you have to factor in the cost of gas.

              Saugus Cafe
              25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

              1. Here's what I like that wasn't yet mentioned:

                La Cocina Mexican- I LOVE the pescado with ranchero, their chips and salsa. I go to the one at Plum Canyon and Bouquet but, there is also one on Seco. Soon we'll have a Valley Produce (on Newhall Ranch road) a good place to find Eastern European products, great prices on fresh produce and meats/cheeses. They also fresh grind coffes which are great and inexpensive.

                La Cocina Bar & Grill
                28022 Seco Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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                1. re: Kitchen Queen

                  do you know when valley produce might open?