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Chow-worthy food in Woodland Hills?

Just moved to Woodland hills from being a longtime Hollywood/Beachwood/Los Feliz resident and have no idea what's around. Any suggestions of interesting places for cheap eats, date night spots, kid-friendly restaurants, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Really, just about anything you like in Woodland Hills or nearby would help - I'm clueless in the valley. Oxnard and Fallbrook is the area I'm in.....

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      1. re: kevin

        Panini Cafe
        21600 Victory(at Canoga I think)
        I highly recomment the chicken kabobs.
        Welcome to the SFV!

      2. Check out the Woodland Hills Market for great groceries and a wonderful selection of Middle Eastern foods...including wonderful Sangak (Iranian/Persian sourdough flatbread) baked right on site. They also have prepared 'deli' type foods including dolmas, sandwiches, more.The place looks like a typical small grocery store from the outside but it is that and much, much more.


        1. Karlos and Kokes and El Tapatio are pretty good for Mexican.

          1. Brent's Deli is one of the best in LA and just a few minutes away in Northridge. Try the Black Pastami Rueben.

            1. After living in WH for a few years, I feel qualified to say that the food choices are really lacking. It's a wasteland of chains and horrible independent restaurants that somehow manage to stay in business.

              That being said, there are a few places of note:

              Go's Mart in Canoga Park is probably the single best dining experience in that part of the Valley. It's recognized as one of the best sushi spots in all of LA. It is in no way cheap eats. I can't tell you first-hand, though, because I was never able to make it there for one reason or another. (For a cheaper sushi fix, there are about 10-12 nondescript sushi bars along Ventura that are all kind of the same and none really stand out.)

              The Carving Board in Tarzana does nice gourmet-style sandwiches, especially "The Bentley" and "The Appetizer" (half order).

              More Than Waffles (Encino) and CiCi's (Tarzana) are both great for breakfast. More Than Waffle has great Belgian-style waffles that basically come as a side to everything they serve. CiCi's does most things well, but is pretty pricey for what it is. Their "Super Duper French Toast" is probably my favorite thing on the menu.

              El Tapatio in West Hills just up the street from you is a really good hole-in-the wall Mexican place. It's the type of place where you think you're going to get sick, but it's still worth it. The parking in the tiny corner strip mall is horrible, though. Better to park in the Albertson's lot and walk.

              Stonefire Grill also up the street from you, while does not qualify as good BBQ, is okay at what it does and probably your best best for a kid-friendly family dinner.

              The weekend AYCE buffet at Royal Delhi Palace in West Hills is the best of the North Indian places in the area and a great deal.

              This list definitely makes me glad I don't live there anymore...

              1. This one is so close to you, a reasonable and reliable place.

                Topanga Pizza and Cafe


                22994 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
                (818) 222-4944

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                1. re: jotfoodie

                  I second the recommendation. Small but good place for dinner.

                2. For Mexican, you can't beat:
                  Sol y Luna
                  Senor Sol
                  Las Fuentes

                  Those 4 are all owned by the same family and the food is great. Never had a bad meal at any of them. The only thing I would caution is their chicken enchiladas and tacos use all white meat and a ton of it. I find that dry. The grilled chicken is the way to go.

                  Salsa and Beer is also tops for Mexican food. Bring a snack, because you will have to wait. But it is worth it. Especially the warm bean dip they serve with the chips.

                  Fab Hot Dogs is one of my favorite places. Good dogs, tots and burgers.

                  Tampa Garden Chinese Delight is the best Chinese food in the West Valley that I can find. They make the noodles and dumplings by hand. Again, bring a snack. It can take a long time to get your food, but that is the price for everything being made fresh and often from scratch. (I have been there when their supplies are being delivered and nothing is frozen. It is all fresh produce, eggs, flour, etc.)

                  The only Chinese buffet worth mentioning is Zen Buffet on Victory and Canoga. I don't eat seafood, but when I go, I see people loading up on it. It's not cheap, but you can taste that in the quality of most of the dishes. Not the usual buffet starch fillers. You get a lot of varied and real food for your dollar.

                  1. http://montysprimesteakandseafood.com/
                    Monty's has the best steak around.

                    Jims Fallbrook Market has a good weekend BBQ in the lot. try the 1/2 and 1/2

                    Labels Table Deli has a fine pastrami on Rye. ask for aus jus and horseradish on the side. It's just west of Mulholland towards Calabasas.

                    Last, Cricca's has a fine Italian Sub on Crusty bread.

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                      1. re: kevin

                        Not in the Hills of Woodland they aren't...

                        1. re: Servorg

                          my bad.

                          by "best steak around.", he meant around these parts, i.e. WH ????

                        2. re: kevin

                          Did Tana's open a Woodland Hills branch? Monty's is probably the best alternative in WH. Good ribs too.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            There's a Ruth's Chris at the Westfield mall. They do a decent steak. (prefer Tana's - in which their steak is one of the few things they excel in - RC is easily on par with Monty's.)

                            I haven't tried it - I knowt there's decent food at the cafe in Nieman Marcus in B.H. (great date lunch place with the proper golddigger).

                            I know the Nordstorm's cafe (Blue Stove) in Santa Monica is surprisingly good for what is is.

                            This is a challenge!

                            1. re: foodiemahoodie

                              Not quite related to this specific conversation but related to the OP's request, I think there's a Maggiano's in that same mall. There's also a Morton's and a Roy's (right next to each other, IIRC) somewhere in Woodland Hills, too....

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Someone mentioned Boulevard Burgers from pretty decent burgers that would give other fast food burger joints a run for their money.

                                2. re: ilysla

                                  They are on Topanga across from the mall. I like Roy's. There is a Fleming's Steak House also next to Roy's

                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                    Is that pizza joint still there ?

                                    Something called Red Rock or Red Balls or something funky like that by a guy that used to be in the music businzess ?

                                    Anyone know what I'm talking abouts ????????


                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Nope! Red Whatever-it-was is gone several years now.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Nope. We only got pizza there once and weren't impressed but it was very close to the mall so I drive by frequently and have had a chance to see that it's definitely gone.

                                          Woodland Hills is really missing a great pizza place. The closest we've come is Barone's. Not great but they do a thin crust with just a sweet bit of crunch on the edges.

                                          My favorite place Simply Italian is gone. They had a great gorgonzola and caramelized onion pizza and it was a good Italian deli. But it was a mom & pop operation and got liquidated when mom & pop spread themselves too thin and ended up in a divorce court. ::sigh::

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Red Balls Rock and Roll Pizza is no longer in Woodland Hills.
                                        According to its website, it moved to Moorpark.

                                        1. re: selfportrait93

                                          Interesting so it still exists but in a different location.

                                          And wow, I'm proud since I remember part of the name.

                                      2. re: ilysla

                                        And a remodified, repurposed CPK with salted butterscotch pudding (taken from Mozza perhaps?) in the Topanga mall.

                                        They seem to be attempting a rebranding, revitalization of the CPK brand.

                                      3. re: foodiemahoodie

                                        Damn, I never tried Blue Stove before.

                                        Once again, the Lucky Peasant is not half bad.

                                        Maybe Michael's Best for Frenchy cuisine.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          You can always go to the Blue Stove in Thousand Oaks. It will probably take less time than going to SM from Woodland Hills. Imagine! Going to Thousand Oaks for the food.

                                          I like the noodles, scallion pancakes and dumplings at Madarin Deli in Northridge.

                                3. Tatsuki Sushi in a small and great atmosphere on Ventura.

                                  1. sushi iki in nearby tarzana.

                                    hummus bar and grill in tarzana.

                                    sushi yotsuya in tarzana.

                                    1. Try valley India Cafe as well. We really like the menu items rather than the buffet. It has great dosas

                                      1. In addition to what's been mentioned (some aren't *that* close by):

                                        Woodlands Indian

                                        Brandywine (pricey; never been but have told by a colleague that it's good for a special night out)

                                        Sushi Ichiban Kan (never been, but recommended by colleagues)

                                        Amer's Falafel in Encino (only had the falafel there; not related to Amir's Falafel in Studio City, AFAIK)

                                        Vino Wine and Tapas Room in Tarzana (only went once many yrs ago, but might be worth checking out)

                                        Vinh Loi Tofu (Reseda)

                                        Korean strip mall w/ multiple restaurants at Sherman Way near White Oak

                                        The Stand (decent hot dogs, and they used to have $1 dog Mondays)

                                        Itzik Hagadol (recommended by some posters on Chowhound)

                                        I've been to More than Waffles once. It was good, but be prepared for a LONG wait on a weekend.

                                        If you're willing to drive, there's Sri Siam in North Hollywood (along w/ Aroma Cafe and Caioti Pizza).

                                        1. Bistro Orient, in the shopping mall just east of Topanga Canyon on Ventura. It is tucked into the northeast corner of the mall, is Asian fusion, and has a very eclectic menu. It is on the site of the long gone Gorikee.

                                          1. Yang Chow on Topanga (home of slippery shrimp, same as downtown LA)

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                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              And those slippery shrimp are a slippery slope :) to channel that ancient curmudgeon known as Sevrog.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Get off my lawn you damn kids...

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  Yeah, you tell em buddy.

                                                  That reminds me of when Clint told those kids to get off the pristine lawn of his Detroit cottage in "Gran Torino".

                                                  But to keep it chowish,

                                                  How about Stout for burgers and beers ????

                                            2. Jim's Fallbrook Market (roughly Fallbrook and Victory) has great meat.

                                              Tapia on Hazeltine at Victory has great produce. There are farmers' markets at Calabasas (Sat) and Encino (Sun).

                                              The Villa (Ventura and the library west of Topanga has nice food and a really lovely patio for dinner. They do lunch and brunch too.

                                              Into Indian? Anarbagh at Ventura just east of Shoup is great. We are firmly of the opinion that crack is a major ingredient in their sauces. They are friendly and accommodating and if you go there 3 times you're their best friends ever. Some years ago we avoided it on weekends because they were always packed and overwhelmed. Don't know if that's still true but I can tell you that the food continues to be consistently wonderful.

                                              We avoid Jerry's when we can go to Weiler's (Victory east of Canoga) for deli.

                                              If you don't mind a bit of a drive La Paz in Las Virgenes is the place to go for Mexican. While you're out there The Saddle Peak Lodge is the place to go for special occasions.

                                              I'll think and see if other things occur to me.

                                              We still get our BBQ from Hogly Wogly's on Sepulveda south of Roscoe. It's a drive. It's worth it.

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                                              1. re: rainey

                                                You may not be inclined to believe this but give it a try. The little coffee shop at the bowling alley on Ventura near Woodlake makes a great breakfast.

                                                Once a month they also have a car club convene there so find out when they do that and the kids can see a variety of interesting cars. This is not the concur d'elegance but there will be some tricked out pickups and god only knows what.

                                                Seriously, we go for the food which is first rate coffeehouse food -- simple, kid friendly, reasonably priced and friendly.

                                                1. re: rainey

                                                  Life long friend and his wife who live in Calabasas have been eating breakfast every Saturday morning at the bowling alley for years, and they have always spoken very highly of the food.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    Better than Peppy's Galley in Mar Vista ?

                                                    Btw, S, what's that place next to the La Creperie Cafe where they hold the Sunday farmers market all about ?

                                                    It looks like it has a bar and gastropub style eats. It's on the street where Floyd's barbe shoppe is on the fucking corner ???

                                                    Know what I'm talking about ??????/

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        shit that has to be it.

                                                        tried it yet ????

                                                        btw, try the BBQ at the bbq stand at the sunday farmer's market and report back ? besides the cue, they serve the very fucking best strawberry cake I have ever tried. The proprietor, Andre, me thinks is from La. so they also make smokey turkeys around the holidays though I have no clue how good they are.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          Haven't tried it yet but want to.

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            Get going and report back already.

                                                            You can give Pann's and Primo's and Ronnie's a rest of at least a few days. :)

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                Yeah, skip that one too for a while.

                                                                Well, for fuck's sake, if you are going to SF Saloon, you should do like I do, and have a bite to eat there and a couple drinks and then cross the street for dinner at the bar at Mori.

                                                                Now that was a great night a couple years back.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  Getting dinner to go for two...and my wife does not like sushi.

                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                    No sushi ????

                                                                    Oh, geez.

                                                                    Actually come to think of it, if I did not like sushi that would be a very good and beneficial thing for me.

                                              2. Don't know much about the area, but have been to Brandywine
                                                a couple of times. Very nice.

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                                                1. re: perk

                                                  I've heard such mixed reviews about Brandywine. I've been twice and couldn't get a seat. I frequent foodie places alone quite a bit and not having a bar makes for a lonely dinner.

                                                2. Highly recommend Rocio's Mole de los Dioses In Tarzana (on Ventura Blvd).
                                                  Also, Hummus Bar & Grill in Tarzana

                                                  1. This more in Northridge but if you like falafel, really great falafel, go to Falafelicious on the outside of the Northridge mall. You can park right in front and not have worry about mall crowds. It is next door to Western Bagel and Starbucks. BTW-I have found the Western Bagel at Mason and Devonshire has much fresher bagels. That corner has a lot to offer. You have a large Smart and Final, Trader Joes, House of Bread (and loaf cakes) and others.


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                                                    1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                      Simi, I'm gonna hit it up very very very soon.

                                                      I can get some holiday shopping done afterwards too.

                                                      great idear.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Kevin.They often have a continuous groupon going the last time I checked. I don't know what shwarma is supposed to taste like but I liked it. The falafel was amazing. Skip the baklava.

                                                    2. Woodland Hills is a bust. Maybe too affluent for hole-in-the-wall ethnic, but not affluent enough for a real high-end dining scene.

                                                      Neighboring Canoga Park and Reseda are definitely not too affluent.

                                                      1) Song Phat on Mason and Sherman Way. Great Vietnamese food.

                                                      2) Oi Asian Fusion on Tampa just below Vanowen. Real hole in the wall. Basically just a kitchen with two tables. Mostly Filipino dishes, with some twists. Heart attack on a plate, but good.

                                                      3) Izzy's Café around the corner from Oi on Vanowen. Real Mexican hole-in-the-wall. You'll be the only gringo (unless I'm there).

                                                      4) Firehouse Restaurant on Victory just east of Reseda. The best lamb souvlaki sandwich I've had in my life.

                                                      5) Farther away in Northridge, but worth the drive, Roger's Rib Shack has the best damn barbeque I've ever had. Reseda just below Chase on the east side. Easy to miss.

                                                      6) Pastries by Edi on Sherman Way between Topanga Cyn and Canoga. Seems like a Jewish pastry shop (I hear a lot of Hebrew), but with lots of other stuff as well. Also nice place to drink your coffee. That part of Sherman Way is a fun place to wander around also - bookshops, antique/junk shops, and fun pet shops.

                                                      7) Also Saigon Sandwich on Desoto just above Sherman Way for banh mi.

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                                                      1. re: MarkC

                                                        +1 for Saigon Sandwich. Also, the restaurant right next door, Bale Valley, is family-run, has been there for a thousand years, and has some great Vietnamese food. Seems like most people order what the menu calls "barbecued chicken," but which is pretty clearly fried -- half a chicken on rice, very good and a real bargain. Their Imperial Egg Rolls are also very good.

                                                      2. If you like wine, one of the best wine shops in L.A. is in Woodland Hills--Woodland Hills Wine Co. on Ventura Blvd., near Fallbrook.

                                                        I can put in another vote for Brandywine. Wonderful food, but it is a splurge.

                                                        Woodland Hills isn't far from Calabasas, where you can get fresh oysters on the half shell and good clam chowder at King's Fish House, at The Common's shopping center.

                                                        1. Some of our faves in the area:
                                                          Brother Sushi on Ventura. There's also Little Brothers down the street.
                                                          Katsu-ya on Reseda. My kids love this place - great kids meals (sushi, teriyaki, etc)
                                                          Nordstrom Cafe at Topanga Mall. Great for light salads and sandwiches.
                                                          Topanga Plaza has a nice food court - not your typical food court. Food is served on ceramic plates, with silverware, etc.
                                                          Roy's on Topanga. Nice Asian fusion. Another favorite of the kids but also one of our date night places.
                                                          Ruth's at the Promenade when we want steak. I love their chopped salad!
                                                          Corner Bakery at Promenade - casual, kid friendly.
                                                          India Sweets and Spices on Topanga - great vegetarian indian food in a very casual environment. Just like homemade.
                                                          Cafe Graikos in Porter Ranch for great Greek food.
                                                          Las Fuentes on Vanowen - excellent Mexican food.
                                                          Sierras on Vanowen - Mexican
                                                          Los Toros on Devonshire for great Mexican food and excellent margaritas

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                                                          1. re: boogiebaby

                                                            Sierra's closed but heard Mission Burrito re-opened...

                                                            1. re: TruJavaLvr

                                                              Yeah. That was a surprise!

                                                              The food had been slipping for years but they still seemed to have a busy dining room. ::shrug::

                                                          2. Funny how several folks thrashed woodland hills but look all the suggestions that followed.

                                                            My advice, forget high end cuisine - head back east. If you must there is Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas/Malibu, Mastro's in Thousand Oaks

                                                            The best way to enjoy Woodland Hills / west valley are the various cuisines - Mexican, Persian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Indian hole in the wall joints.

                                                            My contribution not mentioned so far are:
                                                            Pho So 1 on Vanowen/Fallbrook.
                                                            Asian Spot on Tampa blvd for Briyani (take out only),
                                                            Shi Dok Rak for Kbbq,
                                                            Fab Hot dogs,
                                                            Blue Table and Sugarfish in Calabasas,
                                                            India Sweet and Spices for Indian rotis,
                                                            Apey Kadey in Tarzana for Sri Lankan
                                                            Mandarin Deli in Reseda for Chinese noodles
                                                            Nippon Ramen in Reseda
                                                            Sushi USA in Chatsworth
                                                            Dan's super subs
                                                            Shirin for Persian
                                                            BaLe Valley on De Soto for the Vietnamese charbroiled chicken rice platter
                                                            Persepolis in Reseda for Persian offal sandwiches

                                                            Not so bad eh?

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                                                            1. re: Sgee

                                                              Well, I think a fair number of people "trashed" Woodland Hills b/c there isn't necessarily a lot of great stuff w/i the area most people consider Woodland Hills. Even you gave several recs that are not in Woodland Hills (although they're quite close by).

                                                              I'm not super familiar w/ Woodland Hills, but the lack of appeal for me is about stuff other than food (the whole place, while it can be upscale, looks like it mainly consists of generic SFV strip malls). And, of course, the weather is even worse in Woodland Hills than it is in most of the rest of the valley (esp during the summer).

                                                              But I think the valley in general can be quite decent for food, if you're willing to drive.

                                                              Oh, another rec. Midori Sushi in Encino, while hardly transcendent, is a totally decent place for sushi (esp if you eat a lot and can go during the Happy Hour[s]).

                                                            2. I miss La Frite Cafe's Boulliabaisse in winter time. When it was on Ventura Blvd.

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                                                              1. re: Ollie

                                                                There were two La Frites on Ventura Blvd; are they both gone?

                                                                1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                  Sherman Oaks is still open - and they have a food truck...

                                                              2. tampa garden - handmade dumplings and noodles
                                                                hummus bar and grill or itzik hagadol

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                                                                1. re: cdub

                                                                  cdub: Is this the Tampa Garden you are referring to, in Reseda?


                                                                  If yes, thanks! Not too far from my daughter's and you said the magic words to make me want to try it. Any other items you like there?

                                                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                                                    Yes. Stick w/ the non-standard generic Chinese stuff for the most pleasing results (like the cats ears). Only went once yrs ago, but they used to have a "special menu" (maybe it's now the happy dumpling, noodles and pancakes, and homestyle menus on-line?). SLB were good, but I'd avoid the XLB (the wrapper is way too thick).

                                                                    You can find a rather extensive (if old) thread about the place here:

                                                                    1. re: ilysla

                                                                      Aren't "non-standard" and "generic" contradictory?

                                                                      I've been there a few times. It is good, but ordering can be a little confusing, as the menu consists of both authentic and Americanized dishes, and there are also colored pieces of paper stuck to the wall which list more authentic dishes which are not on the menu.

                                                                      My advice is to look around at what the Chinese-speaking diners are eating, and order what they're having. I've never gone wrong that way.

                                                                      1. re: MarkC

                                                                        Oof! Meant to type, stick w/ the non-standard stuff, stay away from the generic stuff.

                                                                2. Ok lived in Woodland Hills for the past 15 years. Just a quick hot list of the casual places that wont break the bank and are great for a quick meal or snack. Some have been mentioned already:

                                                                  Pho 21 on Sherman Way (I could live here)
                                                                  El Tapatio Taqueria
                                                                  Stonefire Grill (for a giant salad)
                                                                  Blinkies Donut Emporium (was just named one of the top donuts joints by LAist)
                                                                  Cavarettas Italian Deli (though if you can make the drive to Agoura Hills you MUST try Italia Deli!!!!!!!!)
                                                                  Dans Super Subs
                                                                  White Harte Pub
                                                                  Shirin for Persian (though there is a Shamshiri on Tampa a few miles away)
                                                                  Monty's (but for one dish - The Shrimp Monty's, bacon wrapped herb stuffed giant prawns in garlic butter!!)
                                                                  Fab Hot dogs

                                                                  Just outside the general area
                                                                  Las Fuentes
                                                                  Melody's (owned by the same family as Las Fuentes)
                                                                  Sol Y Luna (owned by the same family as Las Fuentes but a bit more upscale)
                                                                  Los Toros (Margaritas!)
                                                                  Firehouse Restaurant (love the lamb souvlaki and the gyros!)

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                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                    Forgot about Cavaretta's (Sherman Way just west of Topanga). Great thought.

                                                                    And thanks for the heads up on Italia Deli. Got a rough vicinity? I'll try it when I drive up to Westlake next.

                                                                    I've only been to White Harte Pub once. I don't remember the food (it was a considerable while ago so that shouldn't mean anything) but I DO remember that they were lovely warm people. We should go back.

                                                                    1. re: rainey

                                                                      Italian Deli - Kanan and TO blvd.

                                                                      if you're in the area check out a little gem - Szechuan Place a few doors away. Order from the Chinese menu - I'm especially fond of the spicy diced chicken or intestines.

                                                                      1. re: rainey

                                                                        Like Sgee said already it's on Kanan at Thousand Oaks blvd in a shipping center next to a Vons.

                                                                        Fresh baked bread on premises (I prefer the hard roll to the soft) - I have friends who drive from the city of Ventura just to have a sandwich from there.

                                                                      2. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                        Definitely Blinkie's! Best donuts anywhere. Make sure to get there early before everything's gone for the day! :)

                                                                        1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                          I am dying for one of their apple fritters right now -- dear lord are they rich!!

                                                                          1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                            In the spirit of the holiday season, I just tried an early morning raspberry jelly donut at Blinkie's and it was remarkable! The dough is not too sweet and the texture is light with air pockets. The jelly was more raspberry than thickener, which distinguished itself from many others. I don't know a better donut! The servers were pleasantly friendly and the place was very busy.

                                                                            This Thanksgiving holiday I am thankful that I do not live near Blinkie's!

                                                                            1. re: liu

                                                                              Too funny! ;>

                                                                              I live a couple miles from Blinkies. Never been there. Perhaps it's best I leave it that way.

                                                                              1. re: rainey

                                                                                rainey, you must go! These are seriously delicious donuts. They are light and not at all greasy.

                                                                                Please post back...I'm waiting...

                                                                                1. re: liu

                                                                                  Blinkies is my go to for glazed Donuts and donut holes. Not only are they good, they are also very reliable for volume orders.
                                                                                  I Should try their fruit filled donuts next time (as in tomorrow)

                                                                                  1. re: selfportrait93

                                                                                    "Tomorrow..." ooooh!

                                                                                    The day I was there they had three filled donuts: raspberry jam (highly recommended!) -- and I was so delirious in front of the donut case that I do not remember the other two. (I think one was cream and the other was lemon curd.)

                                                                                    1. re: liu

                                                                                      Translation - the best food in Woodland Hills is a donut at blinkies?


                                                                                      1. re: carter

                                                                                        Hi, carter!

                                                                                        Translate your comment for me, please do.

                                                                                        Is it sad that a donut at Blinkie's is the best food in Woodland Hills -- and I think it might be! -- or is it sad that the best food in Woodland Hills FOR SOME OF US is a donut at Blinkie's?

                                                                                        1. re: liu

                                                                                          Is that the donut shop that also serves fried chicken ?

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            Well, I don't know about fried chicken, kevin. Once I spied "my" jelly donut in the case, I never looked elsewhere.

                                                                                            But the smell of fried chicken with my donut would not appeal to me, so I hope NOT!

                                                                                            1. re: liu

                                                                                              Have you seen the test someone did in the UK where they fry like there's no tomorrow? Anyway, they fried a variety of foods in the same oil (fish, sweet batter, battered Mars bars, etc.) and each in it's own fresh oil. They didn't find any difference which is to say there wasn't a flavor contamination from previously fried foods.

                                                                                              I know nothing of Blinkies (and I expect to continue in blissful ignorance) but if you're a fan it shouldn't make much difference what's on the menu.

                                                                                          2. re: liu

                                                                                            Well, there has not been much consensus regarding anything other than basic snack(ish) kind of food, as opposed to regular meals, be they breakfast, lunch or dinner, a few ethnic-focused places notwithstanding.

                                                                                            And while I have tried to eat at a few restaurants out that way (I live in Sherman Oaks), the only places I have found that I like happen to be the chain steakhouses, none of which are local to my area.
                                                                                            Used to go to Gorikee when it was around, but that was then..
                                                                                            Not heard much good about its 3rd-5th successor, Bistro Orient.
                                                                                            Adagio, Brandywine, etc. don't cut it.
                                                                                            When La Frite was open, it was satisfactory for a casual dinner. Have not tried its successor, French Connection, but since it is already for sale, gather not too many others have tried it ether.

                                                                                            1. re: carter

                                                                                              Damn. Gorikeee. The Wimpy Burger under 7 bucks and the litany of garlic.

                                                                            2. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                              Shirin was not good when we ate there 3 months ago.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  G-O-O...never mind. I'm going to take a WAG and say Woodland Hills. Don't tell me if I guessed right...I want to be surprised.

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    Ventura blvd, south side, between topanga Cyn and canoga ave.

                                                                                  2. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                    Yeah, never been my first choice -- but it is in WH -- probably should have left it off list. I used to love green cottage. Now I go to shamshiri.

                                                                                2. A few miles farther north is Nat's West Coffee Shop, on Topanga Cyn one block north of Roscoe -- I guess that's West Hills. Terrific breakfasts. I usually order the "early bird" off the menu: 2 eggs, excellent hash browns or home fries, 2 slices of nice lean bacon, bread or house-made muffin (which includes really good cinnamon rolls), and coffee for $7.25. I always add in a side of country (sausage) gravy for an additional buck. There are other early-bird specials as listed on a table card, for $5.95, but those don't include coffee.

                                                                                  Not only house-made muffins and cin. rolls, but also house-made tomatillo salsa (quite spicy and delicious), house-made strawberry and apricot-pineapple jams, and house-made spicy turkey sausage; if you decide against the early bird, another good choice is the turkey sausage benedict.

                                                                                  Please do not let yourself be put off by the servers, who look sorta like gangbangers but are all friendly and polite -- esp. Eddie, in my experience. Coffee is very good, and there is no problem sitting there for as long as you want -- the coffee keeps coming. I live in Topanga Cyn, and it takes me almost half an hour to get there, but it is my go-to place for a fine breakfast.

                                                                                  (there are other "early bird"

                                                                                  1. Oh Yeah, I forgot Michaels Burger on Topanga Cyn in Canoga Park for breakfast burritos.

                                                                                    Also check out Daglas Burger on Vanowen, "where every day is fry day" -- killer seasoned french fries made fresh.. the ole twice fried goodies albeit a tad greasy.. A large is enough for two people, but oh so good. Eat them there, they do not travel well!

                                                                                    1. You won't find a better burger than at Boulevard Burger and, just down the street from them on Ventura, is Zano's for great Italian food. They have a spicy Cajun pasta that's superb. Also you don't want to miss Pickwick's Pub for great British food. They do a great job with bangers and mash. meat pies, etc.
                                                                                      Just saw a place in Tarzana that was featured on a Travel Network program. I think it is called the Carving Board for great sandwiches.
                                                                                      For a 'higher end' Italian dinner than you'd get at Zano's, please consider Gio Cucina in Encino.

                                                                                      1. I have had only exceptional experiences at Hummus Bar and Grill. But it's been a while since I've been there.