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