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Need good restaurant recommendation in Sylmar 91342

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  • hrm Jan 6, 2012 07:20 PM
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My brother is coming in from Oregon and will be staying in Sylmar , Cal.(91342),and he doesn't drive. We want to take him to a special restaurant for his birthday on Sunday 1/15. 2012. We are looking for a fine dining establishment that serves a full menu at 1 or 2 pm .All suggestions, welcome !

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  1. No fine dining in Sylmar that I know of, though there are a couple of very good Thai restaurants (Dome Pochana prob the best.)

    Casa De Pizza in Granada Hills is very good, but closed Sundays.

    Brunch at the Angeles national Golf Club, just down the freeway in Sunland might be a possibility.

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    1. re: HaroldandMaude

      thanx , but need steakhouse or great brunch for this group of traditionalists ......

      1. re: hrm

        Then Morton's in Burbank (check their hours as they may not be open for lunch on the weekend) is the one that springs to mind first.

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        Morton's the Steakhouse-Burbank
        3400 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505

    2. You should look at The Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. It's run by the Specialty Restaurant group that owns several "theme" restaurants and "event venues" in California and across the US.

      It's no "foodie" destination but it is very close to Sylmar in Granada Hills. I never been to this venue but I have eaten at other Specialty Restaurants. The food is serviceable and it seems to meet your requirements overall.

      BTW, The "theme" at this site is a view or the San Fernando Valley from the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains.

      http://www.specialtyrestaurants.com/o...

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      1. re: mitchbart

        I've been to the Odyssey a couple of times for their lunch buffet during the weekday. It's decent and good for large groups.

        To the OP, does it have to be in Sylmar specifically? I worked in that area for 6+ years and ate in the area (outside of my work facility) maybe twice. At the risk of offending people, it's not exactly the kind of place you're going to find a fine dining establishment or even a hidden gem, AFAIK.

        If you (or someone else) can pick up your brother, I strongly recommend that you do so and then elsewhere (perhaps the Morton's mentioned in a previous post?)....

        1. re: mitchbart

          My brother is staying in Sylmar at "Guide Dogs of America", receiving a new dog, since we don't know the area well, we are willing to travel a bit to find a good restaurant. Morton's doesn't open to 5 pm on Sundays and we are limited to Sunday and visiting hours 12:30 -4:00 pm. Menu price's not an issue .....thank you for any suggestions !

          1. re: mitchbart

            Thanks , I have looked at Odyssey and its not that appealing ....Can you recommend a great restaurant open Sunday at 1 pm , perhaps a short drive away ? Again thank you!

            1. re: hrm

              I am not sure what "a short drive away" means to you? Given the spread out nature of Los Angeles it normally means 20 to 30 minutes. On a Sunday when traffic is historically light that ought to be enough time to find something good for your meal. Will that sort of drive time be okay for your purposes?

              ADD: My suggestion (drive time about 20 minutes from Sylmar) is Maximilian's

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              Maximilian's
              11330 Weddington St North, Hollywood, CA

              1. re: Servorg

                How is the Safari Room?
                http://www.yelp.com/biz/safari-room-m...

                ."Restaurants" Database To Be Eliminated
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827433

                1. re: rworange

                  Most recent Safari Room CH report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775809

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LBmUw...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Thank you, I think we will go to Odyssey for brunch , seems easiest proposition !

                    1. re: hrm

                      The most I can say about the Odyssey is that it's well named and there ought to be enough food for everyone...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        ... which, alas, is the most I think anyone can say of the place.

                        Perhaps one of these two places will work, if you're willing to drive to Studio City/North Hollywood (roughly 20-30 min away, and well worth it, IMHO):

                        Caioti Pizza (http://www.caiotipizzacafe.com/menu.html); yes, it's a pizza place, but they have weekend breakfast and regular, non-pizza entrees

                        or

                        Aroma Coffee & Tea (http://www.aromacoffeeandtea.com

                        )

                        I've only been to each place once. The experiences were not transcendent, but they were tasty, relatively affordable (I know you said cost isn't an issue, but....), laid-back, and casual (esp Aroma, which, in terms of ambiance, is sort of like a more charming and rustic version of Corner Bakery). And that part of Tujunga is actually really qutie nice and would make for a good setting for a weekend brunch.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          scary.....

                          1. re: hrm

                            While the Odyssey is not great it is an OK brunch. If you have the time to go to Costco before you go they have discount cards for the Odessey. You can buy 2 $50 Speciality Restaurant gift cards for $79.

            2. What about Le Chene? It's outside of Agua Dulce, maybe 20-25 minutes' drive from Sylmar. They do Sunday Brunch until 2:30 p.m.

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                thanx ,will check it out .

              2. Thanx for tip about Costco and saying the Odyssey is OK for brunch , though scary to think Costco has discount cards ! Oh well, its really about making my brother happy and meeting his schedule,I can have a great meal anytime! Thank you all for your contributions.
                BEST !