One of the things my mother likes about visiting us in Long Beach are the family/locally owned neighborhood cafes and restaurants like Coffee Cup Cafe, Bake 'n Broil, and the Village Cafe. These are not upscale, fancy expensive places, just moderately priced, non-chain establishments with good food and a lot of repeat local customers.
She lives in North Hills, very close to Northridge and says she does not know about many similar places in the Valley. She already goes to Las Fuentes, A&W, and Mandarin Deli, and does not like Indian food, but will eat almost any other type of cuisine. Suggestions?