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Jun 8, 2013 01:19 PM

Concert in Northridge Tonite - I'm unable to choose? Lum-ka-naad Thai Restaurant or Jose Antonio Peruvian & Chinese Cuisine, or something else chowie-wowie?

Any thoughts?

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  1. Try Buenos Aries Grill for steaks, Mandarin Deli for chinese, Brents for..well everything..or the Yard House if you need a varied menu

    1. Chinese is awful in the Valley. Jose Antonio Peruvian is quite good, just as good as Mario's Peruvian without the crowds. I've never been to Lum-ka-naad.

      1. I assume you're going to the Valley Performing Arts Center?

        I actually think Mandarin Deli and Tampa Gardens are totally respectable. Just make sure you're not expecting anything in the way of ambiance (esp for Mandarin Deli, which has interior decor straight outta the 80s). Bun Me! (in the strip mall right next to CSUN) is popular w/ students. The food isn't *amazing*, but, again, it's tasty and inexpensive (I especially like the fried egg rolls). There's also a shave ice place on Reseda across from campus, if you need dessert (although I've never tried it).

        Also in the totally-not-fancy category is Vinh Loi Tofu and the random Korean strip mall on Sherman Way and White Oak (you have to drive INTO the mall and then turn to the right to see the various restaurants; I went to Evergreen once and thought it was tasty).

        Rather sad that the Sri Lankan place in Northridge and the Cuban place in Granada Hills are no longer there b/c those would've been unambiguously chow-worthy....

        1. Definitely Lum-Ka-Naad. More exciting cuisine than Jose Antonio, in my opinion, and more upscale ambiance. Also closer. For Chinese, Tampa Gardens any day over Mandarin Deli. I have been a big booster of the food at Amazing Thai in Chatsworth, but the sports bar atmosphere probably won't sit well after an evening of culture.

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          1. re: MarkC

            Yes Valley Arts Center - don't know who's playing as its meant to be a surprise.
            Dinner before the show.
            Lum-Ka-Naad does look great but we are leaning Peruvian --" as good as Mario's Peruvian without the crowds" means A WHOLE LOT to me! No booze - I wonder if they will care if we BYO beer/wine?

            1. re: Ciao Bob

              Well, where did you go, and how was Rufus?!

              1. re: carter

                We went to Jose Antonio and LOVED it! Granadafan was right - Mario's without crowds.
                Ceviche Mixto, Chupe Camarones and Pescado in onions - all really amazing. After that, Rufus had his work cut out to impress - and he did not disappoint - he's one-of-a-kind. Like Jose Antonio, he should be more popular. And that theater is a gem.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  Good to hear about Jose Antonio, and your enjoyment of Rufus.

                  Was the auditorium full?

                  I was on campus that afternoon, helping a friend pick oranges from the trees across from VPAC.

                  good place to pick oranges, always fresh, and for no money!

                  1. re: carter

                    Hi Carter,
                    Can you give me info on where the free orange picking is? My friend would love to do something like that!

                    1. re: Galen

                      Across the street from VPAC is the orange grove, which includes the Orange Grove Bistro restaurant,'
                      Just go to the orchard, north side of Nordhoff east of Lindley, and you will find all these orange trees - free for the picking!!!
                      I have a friend that picks them twice a week, and wishes he could get there more often.

                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                    Whew, I'm glad you liked Jose Antonio. It's a bit stressful to recommend a place for someone's evening. I certainly wouldn't want to recommend a place that could put a damper on your night out.

                    I was in the mid Wilshire area today and we tried to go to Mario's for lunch. Haha, the wait was about an hour. We went for pizza instead.

                    1. re: granadafan

                      Pizza is NEVER an option for Peruvian food!!!
                      An editorial of one!

                      1. re: granadafan

                        OMG!!!!!! G-fan -- you rock.
                        The Mario's irony is kinda sad and, also, kinda funny.
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