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I have a friend coming in from Korea who I will be taking to dinner this Friday night. He'll be staying in the Northridge/Granada Hills area and neither he nor I have any clue what's good around there. He particularly loves American BBQ and Mexican food, but anything terrific and modestly priced will be much appreciated. Any suggestions?

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  1. BBQ in Northridge:

    Grandpa Fred's BBQ-they only serve beef items, no pork, has moved to the Northridge area.

    Roger's Rib Shack is on Reseda, and has been open for about 6-8 months.

    Rosie's BBQ & Grillery is on Tampa, and will remind people of Tony Roma's.

    1. Lum-Ka-Naad on Reseda has really really good Thai food and the menu is quite large and varied - not the usual angel wings and pad thai kinda place. Their Northern and Southern Thai menu choices are what you want to focus on...

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      Lum-ka-naad Thai Restaurant
      8920 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

      1. Wood Ranch at the Northridge mall on Tampa and Plummer is great for BBQ.

        1. If you are willing to go to Reseda, Las Fuentes on Vanowen is moderately priced Mexican, but it does get crowded.

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          Las Fuentes
          18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

          1. A short trip to Ventura Blvd and Corbin in Tarzana has Sol y Luna, a nice mexican restuarant. I've heard Salsa and Beer is good. For BBQ, you can head to Sepulveda and Roscoe in Van Nuys for Dr. Hoggly Woggly's. I like the brisket and beans and macaroni salad.

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            Salsa and Beer
            6740 N White Oak Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91406

            1. Bear Pit in on Sepulveda right at the 118 in Granada Hills for BBQ. I actually like Woodranch better, but it feels more upscale. For Mexican, I'd suggest going to San Fernando which is only 5 minutes from Granada Hills. If he wants more authentic but not the nicest looking place go to Carrillo's Tortilleria at 1242 Pico St in San Fernando.

              1. Thank you, everyone. It sounds like we've got some great choices!

                1. Pho-king Delicious in the old KMART parking lot on Corbin Avenue isn't bad for pho. It isn't crowded. If you want a more crowded spot for pho, try one of the pho places on Reseda Blvd. (near Sherman Way) in Reseda.

                  Pine Tree is my favorite Korean BBQ in the area. I've been going there for 20 years. It's moved from Northridge to Reseda.

                  Not sure what to recommed for Mexican. El Torito on Tampa Avenue is the old standby, but I know most Chowhounds wouldn't approve.

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                  1. re: katkoupai

                    How could this thread have gotten so far without mentioning Brent's? Brent's puts all the other places mentioned to shame.

                    1. re: rockhead

                      While I really like Brent's, Brent's doesn't do Thai good at all. Lum-Ka-Naad does. :)