We've just moved away from Northridge, to greener pastures elsewhere. For the last year and a half I tried to put a brave face on my culinary experiences there. However, I can now sadly confirm that Northridge is indeed a culinary wasteland. In every desert there are a few oases though, and I bequeath this list to any wanderer traversing these burning sands.
Lum Ka Naad
This place just doesn't make sense in Northridge. It's as though a tornado lifted it from Thai town and dropped it there. This is not your usual pad thai and bbq chicken, but a voluminous menu of northern and southern Thai specialties. The crispy rice salad is better than the one at Sri Siam.
8910 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Roger's Rib Shack
The brisket here is waaaaay better than Smoke City, and the ribs are great too. A friendly spot, run by an African American family who obviously know their BBQ.
8450 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Delicious, smoky, wood-fired chicken and ceviche with those Peruvian fried corn nut-thingy's.
8363 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Red Chili Halal
Pakistani restaurant, to neophytes pretty much indistinguishable from Indian. Food is delicious and very spicy. Expect them not to have a lot of things on the menu, especially at lunch. You'll recognize yourself as the one not wearing a turban.
18108 Parthenia St, Northridge
Alright, Granada Hills, you have the past baklava in the universe, and it is at Vrej Pastry, in the shopping center on Balboa and San Fernando Mission Blvd. Nice Italian deli in the same complex.
There are other places with good food, but these are the ones I kept wanting to go back to. Brent's, of course, requires no introduction on this website. No good Mexican, you exclaim in disbelief? Nope. Just a few gringo-ized places not worth the effort, and the 118 east to San Fernando and Pacoima. For a quick taco fix, try Taco Charly's#2 on Laurel Canyon, or El Puercito, located in a tire recycling center on San Fernando Blvd.