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  • Lipps Feb 27, 2014 04:49 PM
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Best sushi, best pizza, best cheap eats, best indian, best persian, best fried chicken, best delivery food, best dessert... what's good?

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  1. Best Persian is Sadaf Restaurant.

    1. 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.

      Good luck.

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      1. re: foodnmusic

        Just tried Bills (Bill and Hirikos) and was VERY impressed. The burgers were perhaps my favorite in the entire valley. But closed on weekends so my husband never gets to try them!!!

      2. Falafel Fridays at California Pita on Ventura Blvd. just west of Van Nuys. $1.99 for a falafel. Usually order two of them, makes for a nice tasty and filling lunch.

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        1. re: prawn

          Simons cafe.

          And if you are treating.

          I'm down for tomorrow.

        2. Love the burgers and fries at Blue Dog Tavern, behind Whole Foods, on Saugus. Great beers too.

          1. 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
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/sadaf-restaur...

            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...
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/green-village...

            ay papa que rico - smoked/grilled chicken, cuban sandwiches, good pastries, really nice people
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/ay-papa-que-r...

            pho
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-so-1-van-...

            pura sabor - great peruvian
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/puro-sabor-va...

            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...
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/mercado-bueno...

            el taco llama - tacos
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-taco-llama...

            emilios - chopped salad
            http://www.emiliostrattoria.net

            mendocino farms - sandwiches
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/mendocino-far...

            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
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/swan-restaura...

            brent’s deli - northridge
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/brents-delica...

            black market - gastro pub esque - http://www.yelp.com/biz/black-market-...

            las fuentes -
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/las-fuentes-r...

            two fave local-ish sushi spots (both pricey and neither in sherman oaks):

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/asanebo-studi...

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/gos-mart-cano...

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            1. re: goldpackage

              adding ramen by omae... finally had a chance to try it today. completely worth it and great neighborhood option. no desire to dive headlong into the ramen wars discussion but absolutely a worthwhile spot for you to try.

              http://www.ramenbyomae.com

              1. re: goldpackage

                Agree wholeheartedly. Maybe next time I go I'll finally try the ramen burger

                1. re: goldpackage

                  I've had it four or five times and I love it! I just wish the space was slightly bigger.

                2. re: goldpackage

                  Blue Dog is most definitely in Sherman Oaks.

                  1. re: medrite

                    Yep. Was just there last night..... Love that summit burger with garlic fries. And my kids like it too. Service was excellent.

                  2. re: goldpackage

                    Love all of these recs. How about local-ish less pricey sushi spots or even take-out or delivery sushi spots? I know Farm Boy and definitely love it - but would love a few more options!

                    1. re: goldpackage

                      oops. I linked to the wrong el taco llama.. this is the one I meant: http://m.yelp.com/biz/el-taco-llama-v...

                    2. 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.

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                      1. re: carter

                        Never been a huge fan of Belwood, but maybe I'm not getting the right things.

                        ANy recs on specific dishes at Le Petit? I used to go to the one on La Cienega. Have you been to the Sherman Oaks location recently?

                        1. re: Lipps

                          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.

                      2. Not in Sherman Oaks itself but close by at Magnolia and Whitsett. It's a good old fashioned Jewish style deli.
                        http://www.marvsdeli.com/

                        And across the street is Joe Peeps Pizza. Known for being very busy all the time but great pizza.

                        http://www.joepeeps.com/

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                        1. re: SIMIHOUND

                          I just saw this post and am intrigued. Marv's Deli pastrami sandwich is only $9.50?? How is that possible, and is it any good?

                          1. re: alwayshungrygal

                            Its pretty good. Not on a par with Brent's or Langer's, but definitely edible.

                            1. re: ebethsdad

                              Thanks, this is good to know. I am rarely in Northridge, more so in Sherman Oaks.

                            2. re: alwayshungrygal

                              the thing to get there is the brisket sandwich. not the pastrami. the brisket is a very good sandwich.

                              1. re: cdub

                                Is this the joint on magnolia ?????

                                1. re: kevin

                                  Yes. Magnolia and Whitsett.

                                2. re: cdub

                                  Thanks, I will consider this as good lunch option. If I'm jonesing for pastrami, then I'll go to Brents.

                                  1. re: cdub

                                    Worth driving for brisket, or good for the area brisket?

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      it's a very good brisket sandwich for any area. if you're local, it's a no brainer. otherwise, depends on your drive.

                                      1. re: cdub

                                        Coming from noho so I guess I'll be hitting it up this week

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          no brainer then. i've tried a few things there are they're mostly good but i'd stick with the brisket.

                                          1. re: ns1

                                            Bear in mind they close at 6 during the week and 5 on Saturday. They have a few tables, but I always do takeout.

                                3. 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
                                  http://live.smokecitymarket.com/index...

                                  Best dessert Creme Caramel
                                  http://blog.cremecaramella.com/

                                  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
                                  )http://www.kingofindiavannuys.com/

                                  Best neighborhoody Mexican institution: La Fogata
                                  http://www.vivalafogata.com/

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                                  1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                    Plus one for Smoke City BBQ.

                                    1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                      and plus one for La Fogata.

                                      1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                        So excited to try the coconut naan! Any other must try dishes at Taj or King or whatever?!

                                        1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                          Great recs! Would you say everything is good at Star Falafel? I'm also a big shwarma, baba ganouj and Israeli salad fan. Have you tried these there?

                                          1. re: Tyus4pt8

                                            Love Creme Caramel! Best Ube Upside Down Pie EVER! A pleasure to have in the neighborhood. They also get fantastic trucks every week for their Food Truck Fridays from 5-9pm

                                          2. 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.

                                            1. I like Streets of India in Encino for their lunch buffet. Amer's Falafel in Encino (there's another one by a similar name elsewhere in the SFV, but I don't think they're related).

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                                              1. re: ilysla

                                                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...

                                                1. re: VenusCafe

                                                  Venus, hit up Simon's Cafe.

                                                  Get the falafel platter with the three different salads. It's kind of spendy, but exceptionally delicious.

                                                  Simon's is located right off the 101 Ventura Blvd exit, roughly across the street from Whole Foods.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    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.

                                              2. 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.