Best everything in Sherman Oaks?
Best sushi, best pizza, best cheap eats, best indian, best persian, best fried chicken, best delivery food, best dessert... what's good?
Well, not sure about best but here are some decent spots:
Boneyard Bistro for decent BBQ and a great beer list. I believe they also do a fried chicken night.
Mistral for higher end dining.
House of Taka and Nomura both have respectable sushi.
Barone's probably has the best pizza (Valley Glen)
Tacos San Marzano for tacos
Bills burgers for a good, old-school burger served up by a saucy, cool old timer. M-F only.
I prefer Carnival of all of the lebanese/middle eastern places in the area.
People seem to like Bamboo Forrest for Chinese.
A Studio City/Sherman Oaks thread has recently been revived and you'll find a lot of other recs there.
Love the burgers and fries at Blue Dog Tavern, behind Whole Foods, on Saugus. Great beers too.
some of these are slightly outside of sherman oaks (van nuys & encino)... i added another section below for places even a touch further away...
sadaf - juicy chicken plate
green village chinese - (delivery or eat in) fish in wine sauce with wood ear mushrooms, xiao long boa dumplings, sautéed soy green bean noodles etc...
ay papa que rico - smoked/grilled chicken, cuban sandwiches, good pastries, really nice people
pura sabor - great peruvian
mercado buenos aires - empanadas are amazing (corn and beef especially), chorizo, chimichurri are also very good… we always pick stuff up from the deli counter for bbq’s. never actually eaten here...
el taco llama - tacos
emilios - chopped salad
mendocino farms - sandwiches
blue dog tavern - http://www.bluedogbeertavern.com
local peasant - http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-local-pea...
some other semi-local faves outside of sherman oaks that are worth knowing about if you're new to the area:
swan restaurant - north hollywood
brent’s deli - northridge
black market - gastro pub esque - http://www.yelp.com/biz/black-market-...
las fuentes -
two fave local-ish sushi spots (both pricey and neither in sherman oaks):
Across from Jerry's Deli in Studio City is the Belwood Bakery for your croissant, desserts and bread fix(es).
Stanley's on Ventura just west of Woodman for salads of many stripes, as well as a full menu and a very delightful patio out back, weather permitting. www.stanleys83.com
Le Petit Restaurant on Ventura east of Dixie Canyon for a wide variety of French food at affordable prices, operated by two very affable brothers.
The Moroccan chicken item in the hot bar at Gelson's on Van Nuys Blvd. Serving for 2 about $10-$11.
Think their lamb dishes are always good, as are the mussels, small or large order(app or entrée), the whitefish is deemed very good by a friend who is there regularly, even though it is not my particular thing.
This operation is not owned by the same people that operate the one on La Cienega, even though in the past they did have common ownership.
The Arefi brothers are really nice owners, have owned it for about 8 years, and take care of the customers very well.
Best falafel Star Falafel Grill on Hazeltine and Burbank.
14054 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Best bbq Smoke City Market on Van Nuys between Magnolia and Burbank
Best dessert Creme Caramel
Best coconut naan (specific I know but it is absolutely to die for): Taj of India (or King of India...they change the name every damn month
Best neighborhoody Mexican institution: La Fogata
Somebody on this board turned me on to Bamboo Forest a couple of years ago when I asked about places to get lunch after golf at Encino/Balboa or Woodley Lakes. I've become a regular. Their orange chicken is great -- thin strips of chicken delicately fried tender/crisp, with a few broccoli florets and a tasty sauce -- I'm the one who orders the broccoli cooked in extra sauce, spicy. The pungent shrimp is similarly fried. Mongolian beef is excellent. I think their hot'n'sour soup is the best I've had in SoCal. A big entree with rice, fried egg roll, fried wonton, small salad, and soup for $6 to 7 plus tax and tip. On the south side of Burbank a few blocks east of the 405, at Kester, I think.
Smoke City good for bbq. Blue Dog good for burgers and fries. West in Encino on Ventura in a difficult parking strip center, Philly Best good for cheesesteaks and fries well done.
LOL. I looked it up and must have gotten the OTHER Amer's b/c when I hit the location link, the site told me that
its location was FORBIDDEN for me to know.
I was not allowed!
But then I googled Amer's FALAFEL and got the good news
that I was an authorized viewer and could know their location!
All day long I've wanted falafel...
Thanks, that looks like a real find! On Sepulveda, right?
Settled my craving by having my SO bring home falafel from Habayit in WLA. 20 yrs ago we
considered it the go-to place for falafel and went weekly, now, WHAT A CHANGE:
The falafel was almost burnt, the 'salad' was skimpy and served almost minced, so that no bite ever featured any tomat or cuke, and no lettuce at all. The pita was a huge spongy doughy wreck, humus was bitter. Meh! And it was over $30 for just one plate and a pita sandwich,
so i'm glad for the Sherman Oaks recommend, it looks like a unique place.
Ahi Sushi is very good at Ventura and Coldwater.
Love Barone's Pizza on Oxnard.
Art's Deli is good on Ventura.
Il Tiramisu for Italian on Ventura and Woodman
Great BBQ to go on the weekends behind Hardy's meat market on Coldwater and Moorpark.
For a fun bar and old school Mexican Casa Vega is a good time.