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Chowtastic Recs for Tarzana/Reseda

Okay, a group of 3-6 people will be in the area regularly--use the corner of Tampa and Victory (the Leohmann's Shopping Center) as your epicenter. I need a places that have vegitarian options and we need to stay on the less-expensive end of the scale--under $15 per person before tax/tip. I know that may sound super-low to some, but this tends to be a relatively short meal with only one course per person and minimal alcohol cost, so it is more doable than it might seem.

However, we are also not looking for just another Subway. Love 'em, but only so many times a day.

Last notes, a place like Fab Hot Dogs or Daglas Drive In can totally be in the mix, while there aren't tons of veggie options, sometimes that person just has to suck it up and eat a tofu dog or veggie burger. Firehouse is on the radar for great gyros and generally good Greek. Tara's Himalayan is on the radar (and to help appease the vegetarian). Thoughts?


Daglas Drive In
20036 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91306

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  1. Maybe Hummus Bar & Grill in Tarzana? What about Top Thai in Reseda for their northern Thai specialties? You could eat at Vinh Loi and make sure that the vegetarians wouldn't have to worry about getting something that would be out of their comfort zone...

    ADD: Even Itzik Hagadol in Encino would be good for what you're looking for I think.

    Top Thai Cuisine
    7333 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

    Hummus Bar and Grill
    18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

    Vinh Loi Tofu
    18625 Sherman Way Ste 101, Reseda, CA 91335

    Itzik Hagadol Grill
    17201 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316

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    1. re: Servorg

      In the Hagadol vein, you might add the Aroma Bakery Cafe at 18047 Ventura Blvd.
      A place I like is Chablis food & wine, just east of the Whole Foods Market, in the former Paul's Cafe space. It typically is more expensive than your parameters, yet they do offer a 3-course early bird special for $15.99.
      Here is the regular dinner menu for your review of the economics, just in case.

      Aroma Bakery Cafe
      18047 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA

    2. If you want some really good Mexican, try MELODY'S on Reseda, just a hair south of Vanowen. They also have a sister restaurant, LAS FUENTES, very close by, on Vanowen about a block or two east of Reseda. Vegetarians can always get their Salpicon salad without meat, quesadillas, or cheese enchiladas.

      1. Lum-Ka-Naad for Thai is on Reseda in Neighboring Northridge. Just my opinion, but they have a great menu and have a competent kitchen. We haven't been in about 5-6 months, but they rang our bell up till then...

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

        1. the consummate veggie restaurant in the valley is Follow Your Heart at 21825 Sherman Way in Canoga Park.

          Follow Your Heart
          21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

          1. Great stuff.

            Thanks for everyone helping out so far. As this will be a couple months of being in the area regularly, anyone should still feel free to chime in.

            Hummus, Aroma and Follow Your Heart have also come up so everyone is on the right track.

            I'll try to splash down a review or two as we knock some of these out.


            Follow Your Heart
            21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

            1. Tampa Garden...excellent made to order Chinese food...Tampa/Roscoe

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              1. re: lapizzamaven

                Beat me to it. Very inexpensive, good vegetarian options, and they're even byob. Can be slow at times, however.

                You're pretty close to Brent's Northridge too.

                1. re: roundfigure

                  Agree that Tampa Garden is good, but it is always slow. AFAICT, there is the chef, his wife and one server (but not every day or at least not all day), who may also go out to deliver. Sometimes the chef also works the counter.

                  Tampa Garden
                  8241 Tampa Ave, Reseda, CA 91335

              2. Las Fuentes is always on my list.
                A decent Mexican restaurant, Sabrosos, is located on Vanowen and Corbin. I LOVE their bean and chees burrito (they put ranchera sauce in it). Probably the best I have ever had. 19714 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91306

                There is also that Chinese restaurant, Tampa Garden, on Tampa/Roscoe that everyone was talking about a while ago. It is really good. 8241 Tampa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91335

                Las Fuentes
                18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

                1. Yang Chow on Topanga across from the Woodland Hills Mall is always good. The slippery shrimp, and sizzling rice soup are favorites.

                  Yang Chow
                  6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

                  1. Shamshiri Persian on Tampa and Roscoe is very good. I like the whitefish for lunch. Also
                    BCD tofu on Saticoy and I think Lindley is also very reasonable and the Greenland marketplace on Sherman Way and White Oak has an Korean Restaurant in the plaza. You
                    have a great epicenter to find numerous small restaurants in the area.

                    Shamshiri Restaurant
                    19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

                    1. Elephant Hut in Encino is delish. Really good thai food for that area, IMO.
                      Pretty new, I enjoyed the noodle dishes and the curry. Also loved the thai samosas.


                      1. Las Calaveras on Tampa/Roscoe is excellent Mexican food. Their fried corn quesadilla is perfect. Not too cheesy, but just enough. And they make their own tortillas. It is a sit down restaurant, but not at all expensive. Very affordable, actually, especially given the quality.

                        Las Calaveras
                        8341 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324