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Sep 9, 2013 06:12 PM

Lunch after Golf -- Hansen Dam, off glenoaks, Pacoima

You gave me some great suggestions near Encino/Balboa -- the Bamboo Forest chinese restaurant on Burbank near Kester is a real find -- cheap lunch combos, really good orange chicken, pungent shrimp, or mongolian beef, and the best hot'n'sour soup I've found.

So I've just begun playing Hansen Dam. Great course. I see a lot of small places on GlenOaks from the 118 to the course, a bbq place, a taco place. Any rare finds?

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  1. C'mon, 'hounds. Don't leave me hanging, or eating at the clubhouse. Somewhere good near Hansen Dam golf course?

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    1. re: nosh

      Define "near" in miles/minutes

      1. re: ns1

        Anything on surface streets on or off Glenoaks. Anything with simple directions off the freeway 118 heading back west.

        1. re: nosh

          Need not be plush or spectacular. Just looking for hints as to where I might stop with my partner for a good burger, a deli, a taqueria with great hot sauce, a cheesesteak...just an above-average lunch.

          1. re: nosh

            Hopefully close enough for your purposes:

            Peñas Tacos Y Mariscos
            8319 Foothill Blvd. (corner of Foothill Blvd. and Scoville Ave. in Sunland)
            Sunland, CA 91040
            (818) 433-8634

            This address may not be right. I thought this place was on Foothill Blvd., not Sunland. Now I'm confused. I've only been once with my brother-in-law. I'll do some digging and see if I can't nail down the right street and address.

            Okay, now I've got the right address. Don't know what was going on. This place is on Foothill right where Scoville runs into it. That means it's probably going to be too far for your lunch purposes. Sorry.

            1. re: Servorg

              I used to work near that area, and I consider it to be the 7th level of hell for multiple reasons. I suggest taking a detour to North Hollywood for Thai....

      2. re: nosh

        It's all fast food burgers and taco stands in Pacoima (some pretty good ones among the latter).

        One exception is an oddity I posted on a while ago, called Wendill's fried chicken. It was a fried chicken joint since 1929. It has since been bought by an Asian family and serves Thai food, but they still serve fried chicken, using the same recipe, according to them. The fried chicken is excellent (not the Thai). Order it in from the links, since it takes half an hour.

        Other than that, you might expand your search eastward, to Montrose, or westward to San Fernando, for more offerings.

        1. re: MarkC

          Tried Wendill's today after golf for lunch. Place is on the south side of San Fernando across from the airport. Looks almost closed from the outside, but was clean and the air conditioning working on the inside. Had the fried chicken -- four pieces with some thin fries and a small salad, $6.50++. Chicken was very good, freshly fried, very hot. Thin batter crust. Pieces were on the large side. Asian woman running front of the house very pleasant. Took just under the warned half-hour.

          1. re: nosh

            Glad you liked Wendill's. If you're in the area again, you might try this place:


            It's on my list of places to try. Gets good reviews on Yelp and seems to have a lot of character.

            1. re: MarkC

              Well, MarkC, you certainly came through for me above. I'll put Myke's on the list to try. Golf at Hansen Dam is usally Tu Th or Sat -- usually finish before 1:00. Let me know if you are interested in meeting up to try the place.

              1. re: nosh

                Sorry for delayed response. Sure' I'd love to meet up one day, though I'm not usually around during the week.

                If you're a regular in the area, here's some recs.

                For tacos, Taco Charly in Pacoima, Tacos El Faro in San Fernando, and El Vaquero in Symar. The latter is my favorite, and they have birria and barbacoa during the week, though it's a farther drive up to Sylmar.

                For sit down Mexican, try La Tarasca in Sylmar. Good margaritas.

                Finally, if you've never had a torta ahogada, Las Originales, on Laurel Cyn in San Fernando, is a good place to try one. Beware, that harmless looking tomato broth the sandwich is sitting in is wickedly spicy. If the server asks if you want it mild, you might take her up on it.

      3. birrieria apatzingan is a few miles, maybe ten minutes away, and has a fantastic bowl of goat.

        1. I've lived here since 1997 and the area is unfortunately lacking in good dining options.

          There are 2 restaurants on Sunland Blvd that you should check out.

          The best one is Rocio's Mole De Los Dioses by the 5 Freeway across from Bob's Big Boy and the other is a NY style Chinese place called the Golden garden Cafe that is in a minimall next to 7-11 at Wheatland.

          Another farther option is to head down Van Nuys Blvd and turn left on Sherman and go to either Krua Thai or the Swan in North Hollywood

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          1. re: karl6966

            I like Krua Thai (haven't been to Swan), but only a little farther is Sri Siam at Coldwater and Vanowen, which is fantastic and specializes in Northern Thai dishes. A search of the board for Sri Siam will reveal a few threads with some recommendations for what to order.