Lunch in the Granada Hills/Northridge area ...
- PaulF May 19, 2014 12:33 PM
Need a new place to take my mom for her birthday on Sunday. It'll be my mom and dad (both in their early 70s), me, my wife and my grown sons.
We love Brent's but literally my parents suggest Brent's (either take out or dine in) 98% of the time. My folks like a Japanese place named Musashi and a Chinese place called Pagoda. Both are ok, not great. We've been to the place on SF Mission across from Smart and Final with a New Orleansish theme -- I can't remember the name. Maybe CF Kitchen or something like that.
My mom doesn't have a strong stomach, so nothing spicy. No Indian or Thai, for example. We've been to the Greek place on Reseda a couple of times (Alex's? Something like that). My dad won't let me pay, so I need it to be reasonably prices. Up to Brent's prices, I guess is the way I'd describe it.
My folks live north of Rinaldi Street, off Balboa, and won't want to go too far -- so GH or Northride is okay, but Ventura Boulevard is too far.
Any thoughts, anything of interest up that way that people would recommend?
If they like Chinese, Tampa Garden on Tampa Avenue has always gotten rave reviews on this board. Never been there myself, but am meaning to try it one of these days...
And for dessert you can take them to Yogurtland a little further south on Tampa -- I think the cross street is Victory. That one I can vouch for personally. :)
A&W Seafood Chinese is affordable and close by. They have dim sum on Sundays. Call for dim sum hours.
Or you could try Mandarin Deli directly across the street. Pay extra for the handmade noodles. I recommend Noodles with Special Pork Sauce and the cold cucumber salad.
If you choose one of these, try the Hawaiian shaved ice place for dessert, just across the street south of Mandarin Deli. You might want to order a size smaller than you think you want.
Joe's really is too small for the number of people in your group.
That was pretty much my thinking. The food is good, it's "exotic" enough to be interesting diversion from what your parents normally eat, but it's not too spicy, etc, for them. The ambiance, if it's similar to the Westwood branch, is appropriate for a b-day lunch. And the price isn't bad.
Honeybaked Ham Cafe does great breakfasts and lunches. They don't take reservations though. Prices are $8-12 for a very generous meal.
There's also Cafe Graikos on Tampa/Rinaldi (next door to Pagoda Inn) for healthy Greek food.
I've also heard good things about Joe's Cafe but everytime we've tried to go, they've had a 1 hour wait. We always end up leaving.
For something out of the ordinary, you can try Ninong's Pastry and Café in Granada Hills. It is a Filipino place that does nice brunches on Sunday. Their "signature" dish is the ube pancakes, which are blue and made from a kind of yam. Very mom and pop, but good food.
For Persian, I would recommend Ali Baba in Granada Hills, which I always thought was better than Shamshiri, and has a better ambiance.