Places I like in LA: Lou on Vine, Cheebo, Cynthias, Little Door, LaLa's, Bossa Nova, In 'n Out. Not really a true gourmet :)
So, I've spent some time on these boards, and have tried a few of the recommendations in the Ventura/Studio City area - here are two that I like:
Firefly - the only place I'd go back to. A couple good dishes, good atmosphere, nice spot overall
Artisan Cheese Gallary - tuna melt panini - seriously, just order it. Fantastic!
Ca de Sole, Cafe bijou, la loggia, etc: I didn't find anything interesting about these places, and some actual bad experiences - sand in the spinach, bad-tasting short ribs - have pretty much turned me off completely to trying more of these types of restaurants in the area.
Please no sushi recommendations, unless you know of an inexpensive place that has high quality, very fresh raw fish. I enjoy sushi but absolutely don't have the passion for it to justify the prices for non-expense account dinners :) I like some sushi places in LA, and have tried katsu-ya and nurasawa (sp?) over here. I know there are some fantastically knowledgeable sushi/japanse people on this board, unfortunately just pearls before swine in my case...
I'm not looking for local 'greasy' places, pretty much got that covered with In 'n out, Papa Johns (thin crust only), and Hugo's.
Suggestions appreciated! I keep hoping this area has some gems, but can't seem to find them. Will try Palate in Glendale, seems to have gotten some good reviews. Would love to find some good Korean BBQ or pho in the area. Maybe we just need to commit to the drive to get good food...