We lived in Van Nuys from 1980-84 and I'm trying to remember if certain places are still in existence in the L.A. area: The Original Pantry, Norm's (where the coffee wasn't strong enough to defend itself), Hoggly Woggly Texas Tyler BBQ (I believe that was in the Chatsworth area or someplace in the West Valley), and a few other places I'll ask about when I can think of 'em.
We also ate at this great restaurant which I think was in Hollywood. It was directly across from the Scientology building.
If anybody remembers any of these places, give me a shout. I live in New Jersey near Philly now since 1987.