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silverlainy Mar 26, 2012 02:54 PM

I'm coming from the westside and trying to find a delicious place for a midweek dinner for 2. I'm on a budget so preferably entrees under $20 a person. Any recs in the Studio City/NoHo area?

Personally I like Japanese food but other suggestions (except american) are welcome.
I saw a few places that sounded good, including Daichan, Krua siri, Sri Siam, and Cedar House - any thoughts on those?


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    ns1 Mar 26, 2012 03:03 PM

    republic of pie is my latest NoHo discovery.

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      ebethsdad Mar 26, 2012 03:21 PM

      Ramen Jinya is both Japanese and within your budget. Caioti has excellent pizza and pasta. A little west of your target zone is Puro Sabor for Peruvian. I love Cedar House, and highly recommend it. If you're not worried about atmosphere Skaf's Grill is another choice for Lebanese.

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        ns1 Mar 26, 2012 03:38 PM

        +1 to Jinya and Skaf's recs.

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          archer Mar 26, 2012 04:23 PM

          Definitely recommend Daichan--warm, casual, tasty Japanese country cooking, very reasonable. Sri Siam is delicious, but be aware that it is brightly lit storefront w/ no real ambiance (Great food however). Also agree w/ Ramen Jinya recommendation w/ proviso that they don't have a wine/beer license yet (at least last time I checked) & you cannot BYOB. Also suggest Mantee in Studio City, wonderful Armenian/Meditterranean on Ventura Blvd w/ lovely patio. W/in budget, particularly if you order a selection of their small plates & appetizers, which I find more interesting than their entree kabobs.

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            ns1 Jun 1, 2012 03:16 PM

            oh yeah I went back to visit Daichan too, very cool place albeit more expensive than you'd expect. Totally love the poke.

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              Kalivs Sep 10, 2013 11:46 PM

              +1 on Mantee. Really like their back patio & love their vegetarian options

          2. re: ebethsdad
            Dogbite Williams Mar 26, 2012 06:48 PM

            I also recommend Puro Sabor and Skaf's Grill.

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              carter Mar 26, 2012 08:55 PM

              Much better selections than Ramen Jinya, where the ramen broth tastes like it just came from a can, maybe even Swansons, but at least not the pork version which is still tasteless.
              Sri Siam and Krua are fine, as is Amazing Thai Cuisine on Magnolia @ Cahuenga.
              skaf's is very good, very very affordable, yet in a fast food format, sort of.

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                pizzafreak Apr 2, 2012 07:35 AM

                Your words about Ramen Jinya are your opinions, not facts. You are certainly entitled to your opinions, and so is everyone else. Seems to me that more people like RJ than dislike.

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                  ns1 Apr 2, 2012 09:25 AM


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                    Akitist Jun 5, 2012 06:09 PM

                    Agree w/pizzafreak; Jinya's actually quite good for ramen. Wife ate there recently and says that the service problems they suffered when they first opened have been cured. No opinion on non-ramen dishes, though.

                    Big plus is a commodious parking basement. You even park out of the sun!

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                      ns1 Jun 5, 2012 06:14 PM

                      dumplings and karaage are good enough.

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                        cdub Jun 6, 2012 03:52 PM

                        ditto. had jinya a few weeks back and was thoroughly impressed. yamadaya is now open in sherman oaks too.

                    2. re: carter
                      ns1 Jun 1, 2012 03:17 PM

                      If you want to stay cheap at Skafs, stick to the sandwiches only.

                      Somehow, they didn't taste as good today as I remember.

                  2. re: ebethsdad
                    ns1 Jun 1, 2012 01:31 PM

                    Dunno what happened here but I dropped by Skaf's and somehow dropped $38.

                    combo special (3 kebabs), 1 beef shwarma sandwich, 4 pieces of baklava, and 1 pepsi. Somehow came out to $38.

                    Comparatively we spent the same amount at Hayat's Kitchen a few days before and got lamb chops, side of kefta, vegetarian combo, baklava, and a drink.

                    Summary: Hayat's > Skafs

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                      cdub Jun 2, 2012 07:50 PM

                      I had the same experience. Feel like I'd rather go to carnival over skafs

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                    silverlainy Mar 27, 2012 11:23 AM

                    Thanks for all of the recs. I will have to visit this area more often! I suggested them to my friend and she was most interested in mofongos (which i found randomly). Any thoughts on this place?

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                      ebethsdad Mar 27, 2012 11:53 AM

                      Looks interesting. Let us know how it is.

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                        silverlainy Apr 1, 2012 12:46 PM

                        Mofongos was good although I dont think I would trek back. It was my first time eating mofongo so I dont really have a comparison. We ordered the mofongo with shrimp and one with beef stew. The shrimp tasted fresh, and the beef stew was good although a bit salty. Perhaps because it is to be paired with the mofongo. Their tostones and maduros were very good.

                        Right now they are undergoing some construction so they do not have a working restroom for customers and food is served to go style. Service was very friendly though.

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                        mrgreenbeenz Sep 11, 2013 03:49 PM

                        For the record (and long after the fact for the OP) Mofongos is pretty awful. Doesn't come close to good NY mofongo and it's damn expensive.

                        Since it's the only place in LA that serves mofongo it doesn't need to be great but it doesn't even achieve enough of a baseline to scratch the itch.

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                        Francesca Apr 1, 2012 10:45 PM

                        Sammy's Woodfired Pizza is opening this month in Studio City.

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                          Thor123 Jun 1, 2012 03:13 PM

                          Il Tarimisu on Ventura at Woodman is outstanding Italian and reasonably priced. Full bar too.

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                            carter Jun 1, 2012 05:44 PM

                            Il Tiramisu is Maria's with tablecloths.
                            Truly awful for the prices paid.
                            Owners nice, food, well, at your own risk.
                            Menu - standard stuff akin to nearly every other place on the boulevard.
                            It is the reason the nearby La Cava is so busy - differences abound.

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                              pizzafreak Jun 2, 2012 05:29 PM

                              2nd that.

                            2. re: Thor123
                              HaroldandMaude Jun 2, 2012 03:24 PM

                              +1 for Il Tiramisu, though it comes in right around the $20 entree range only if you're careful.

                              Not really fans of Cava.

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                              sillywhim Jun 2, 2012 06:56 PM

                              Amir's falafel is filling, delicious, and relatively healthy. A big plate of food with an array of sides for around 10 bucks. Shitty ambience though, definitely a take out place.

                              Along those lines, Hayat's awesome mediterranean too. The food's awesome... Juicy delicious chicken kabobs and garlic sauce, and cheap too. The service is great too.

                              Daichan's a great recommendation too. I love their poke bowls and the ambiance is wonderful.

                              For a night out, my boyfriend and I love the Great Greek in Sherman Oaks because the atmosphere is really fun (especially on the weekends, with live music and dancing waiters and drunk happy people) and the food is authentic and delicious. If we split an appetizer and an entree, it's totally affordable.

                              In North Hollywood, on Lankershim, Summer Canteen is a winner. They have incredible Thai food and the lunch special is an amazing deal. Each is around 10 or less, that comes with an egg roll, soup or salad, and rice. Ambiance is very modern and comfortable too. Stellar place...

                              Porto's in Burbank is a no brainer too. When I go I order so much and it feels like an amazing Cuban feast...

                              Oh, and one more. Tarzana Armenian deli for lunch. Wraps are really really good.

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                                ns1 Jun 5, 2012 10:08 AM

                                Can someone rank the falafel places?


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                                  sillywhim Sep 10, 2013 02:17 PM

                                  I've never tried Arax but I prefer the chicken at Hayat's and the sides at Amir's.

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                                    carter Sep 11, 2013 09:53 AM

                                    Since this post is over 14 months old, the addition of Joe's Falafel at 3535 Cahuenga is required eating for at least the falafel.

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                                      ns1 Sep 11, 2013 10:19 AM

                                      For this hound...

                                      If I go to Joe's, I only eat the chicken wraps in laffa bread. I really, really dislike their tahini.

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