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Jul 10, 2014 03:27 PM

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

Pretty impressed with the Valley recently, at least the southeast Sherman Oaks/Studio City area. In addition to the recently-opened & stylishTipple & Brine and it's rival On The Thirty & the lovely speakeasy Tunnel Bar, this is what's slated to open by end of summer on Ventura between Sepulveda on the West and Laurel on the East:
*The Tipsy Cow, gastropub burger bar (a bit redundant, but hey)
*at the site of Senor Fred's - Marlin and Ono Grille, a michelin-star aspiring menu (might be a bit tooooo much for the valley)
*at the site of Ole! Tapas, the Stout people are opening an as-of-yet-named Seafood Pub (interesting, kind of a fish answer to their burger spot but not sure how it will take)
*at the site of Smiles, Berkshire Tavern which is upscale gastropub
*at the site of Mad Bull's, Community Tavern which is a lower key 'tipple and brine' and basically the same as Mad Bull's
*at the site of Mr. Cecli's, The One Up will be an independent adult arcade in the mold of Dave & Busters, "only cooler"
and ready for this:
*at the site of Aaah's, a 3500 square foot Italian Restaurant project, Midici, from. . . wait for it. . .the CEO of Menchie's.

Anyway, interesting times for Valley denizens, but is ANYTHING enough to draw crowds from the other side of the hill?

'Sushi Row' used to be destination fishery for proto-foodies int he early to mid- 90's and Girasol in Studio City has individually pulled some crowds more recently but is it possible that Sherman Oaks becomes a destination?

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  1. Mistral on Ventura near Woodman is really good. Was there for the first time yesterday for lunch.

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    1. re: Thor123

      Second on Mistral. Haven't been there for a while but I remember a few good dinners. I just do not have a reason to go there unless someone wants to meet me there...

    2. The Seafood Pub sounds interesting. I'm always on the lookout for casual seafood places, so this has me curious. Thanks for the report!

        1. I still don't see non-valley folks traveling over the hill to dine, unless they are meeting their family. I know a couple who recently dined at Tipple and Brine twice. The first time they thought the service was bad and food was just o.k. but cut them some slack as the restaurant had only been open a short time. The next time was a total disaster. Everything which could go wrong went wrong. Suffice it to say they won't be returning. IMHO valley folks who want fine dining drive to DTLA or the westside. I don't see that changing.

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          1. re: maudies5

            Actually, the Valley crowd that used to go to Santa Monica doesn't dare go there now because of traffic and parking. The 405 is the new Berlin Wall. They go downtown when they have a reason, and they go to Hollywood when they have to, but not eagerly. And I'm sure the Valley folks are perfectly happy without the over-the-hill crowd making their local spots more crowded and less friendly.

            1. re: farmertomato

              << The 405 is the new Berlin Wall>>

              PERFECT phrasing!

                1. re: jessejames

                  i used to live in east berlin.
                  the only draws now are itzik hagadol and the laemmle movies in encino.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    I don't care for the metaphor really.

                  2. re: jessejames

                    I know there's good stuff there, but getting past Checkpoint Church Lane into the land of driving fifteen minutes per block gives me heartburn.

                2. re: farmertomato

                  There is really nothing to go west of the 405 for.
                  I can take the subway DTLA, and do so for both lunch and dinner. Much more relaxing, many more dining and drinking options. During Philharmonic season @ Disney Hall, many ticketholders take the subway.
                  No reason to stop in Hollywood when DTLA is only 15-20 minutes further. Likewise, K-town or Chinatown.

              1. Maybe the Dave & Buster's type place since I'm a sucker for games. =) Although I kind of like the fact that Dave & Buster's isn't necessarily "cool."

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                1. re: ilysla

                  Tons of fun arcade bar type places have opened in ktown area large and small. Blipsey on western is one.

                    1. re: ilysla

                      Fun. Grab a drink. Play some old school vids or pinball with quarters. Beat your friends. The usual. Also 82 barcade downtown. Loads of smaller one long row spots in ktown.