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SF chowhound headed South to Westlake Village - critique requested

SF ‘hound here - traveling South and looking for recommendations.

We’re staying in the Westlake Village area for a well deserved four night break, and I’d like to cram in the following cuisines/places if possible:

I’ve checked many of the previous threads and compiled the information below.
What I’d like to know is – is the information below current? What other places do you local ‘hounds recommend? We don’t have dietary restrictions.

Americanized Chinese – Lakeview Garden
Pizza – Toppers
Sushi – Kanda
Thai - Westlake Thai
Deli – Brent’s
Italian - Grissini – pizza and pasta
Grill - Fin's - Westlake Village
Mexican - Latigo Kid

Cheers

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  1. Lakeview Garden is awful. You couldn't pay me to go back.

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    Lakeview Garden Restaurant
    4697 Lakeview Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Cheers - Any other recommendations Chandavkl?

      1. re: osho

        Not a lot a Chinese food to begin with in the area, so good Chinese is scarce. Hot Wok in Agoura would be my choice.

    2. Brent's is great. One of the best deli's in Los Angeles. Try the Black Pastrami Rueben, it's one tasty sandwich. And save some room for their homemade cheesecake. Brent's is also great for breakfast.

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      Brent's Deli
      2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Also like Hugo's. They just opened a new location in Agoura Hills at the Whizin Market Square just a few miles down the 101.
        28914 Roadside Drive
        Agoura Hills, CA 91301
        http://hugosrestaurant.com/

        1. re: wienermobile

          Brent's is a must on my list. I've been craving Pastrami - my last trip to Katz's in NYC was 5 months ago.

          1. re: osho

            FYI Langer's near downtown LA (and worth the drive) has a pastrami closer to Katz's (some including me say even better than Katz's). Brent's is a great deli but Langer's has the best pastrami in town.
            http://www.langersdeli.com/

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            Langer's Delicatessen
            704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

            1. re: wienermobile

              Wienermobile - Much appreciated and I'd like to make it to Langers if possible. There can never be too much of pastrami or bacon or ankimo :)

        2. If you are looking for fine dining try Saddle Peak Lodge up in Malibu Canyon. A beautiful rustic restaurant known for their wonderful game meats and in my opinion one of the best meals in LA.
          http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/

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          Saddle Peak Lodge
          419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

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          1. re: wienermobile

            For a really nice dinner with great atmosphere right in WLV, our favorite is the Grill on the Alley, in the Promenade on the crnrs Westlake Blvd/Thousand Oaks Blvd. Great drinks and a great menu, I love the scallops (appetizer) and their short ribs are to die for. I'm a big eater and as much as I like them I can never finish them!!

            1. re: LesThePress

              Terrible experience for dinner recently at the Grill on the Alley, my steak special looked more steamed than seared and worst of all, the kitchen served my wife overcooked yellowed spinach under a cover of some more passable spinach - disgusting.

              Stick with Mastro's in TO for steak.

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              Mastros Restaurant
              2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

              1. re: Sgee

                TOTALLY AGREE with Sgee. Mastros is fantastic!!

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                Mastros Restaurant
                2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

          2. Yes, by all means steer clear of Lakeview Garden.

            I'd ditch Fins and replace it with either Grill on the Alley or Zin Bistro (the latter particularly if you'd enjoy a view of the lake).

            Also strongly recommend taking a look at Cafe 14, Leila's, and Ladyface Brasserie.

            Toppers and Westlake Thai are both fine if not awesome, although there's not really any awesome to be had in those categories in this neck of the woods. Although I am intrigued to try the (admittedly limited) pizza offerings at Mediterraneo at the Westlake Village Inn after having their really great pan plano for brunch the other day. Blue Table's (Agoura Hills) pizza also might be worth checking out; I've only ever had their sandwiches, which are fantastic.

            Absolutely make sure you get to Brent's. :)

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            Blue Table
            4774 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302

            Mediterraneo
            32037 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361

            Westlake Village Inn
            32001 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

            Lakeview Garden Restaurant
            4697 Lakeview Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

            Cafe 14
            30315 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

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            1. re: roundfigure

              Zin Bistro - the menu looks good. Solid American comfort food.

              Would they be fine with two kids (one infant and one 3 year old) chowpup?

              In SF, people are really weird about kids in the nicer establishments.

              1. re: osho

                Yep, we took our little ones there at the exact ages you describe. It was for brunch, but I don't imagine dinner would be a problem either especially if your older kid is restaurant-savvy.

              2. re: roundfigure

                I'd skip Ladyface or just go for drinks, good local brews but kitchen has not kept up, food is mediocre at best.

                Mediterraneo is decent, worth checking out.

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                Mediterraneo
                32037 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361

              3. I second Kanda for sushi

                Char Fas for Persian
                Blue Table for sandwiches and salads, lunch only
                Grill on the Alley or Mastros for steaks, etc...

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                Mastros Restaurant
                2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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                1. re: puppychao

                  Thanks for the tip on Persian, puppychao.