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Need good restaurant recommendation in Sylmar 91342

hrm Jan 6, 2012 07:20 PM

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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    hrm Jan 11, 2012 10:07 PM

    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 !

    1. Das Ubergeek Jan 11, 2012 01:12 PM

      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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        hrm Jan 11, 2012 01:20 PM

        thanx ,will check it out .

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        mitchbart Jan 7, 2012 10:41 PM

        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.


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        1. re: mitchbart
          ilysla Jan 8, 2012 01:15 AM

          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
            hrm Jan 11, 2012 08:53 AM

            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 !

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              hrm Jan 11, 2012 08:56 AM

              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
                Servorg Jan 11, 2012 09:00 AM

                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

                11330 Weddington St North, Hollywood, CA

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                  rworange Jan 11, 2012 09:30 AM

                  How is the Safari Room?

                  ."Restaurants" Database To Be Eliminated

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                    Servorg Jan 11, 2012 09:57 AM

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


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                      hrm Jan 11, 2012 10:08 AM

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

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                        Servorg Jan 11, 2012 10:11 AM

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

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                          ilysla Jan 11, 2012 10:22 AM

                          ... 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


                          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.

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                            hrm Jan 11, 2012 01:20 PM


                            1. re: hrm
                              chuck Jan 11, 2012 05:51 PM

                              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.

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                HaroldandMaude Jan 7, 2012 11:54 AM

                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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                  hrm Jan 7, 2012 02:29 PM

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

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                    Servorg Jan 7, 2012 03:17 PM

                    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.

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

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