Greetings from the Bay Area. Former resident of LA (late 70's/early 80's), I'm driving down next Thursday to meet up with an old friend who is coming in from NY. She's staying in Van Nuys, and wants to do the Warner Studio tour,. I'm looking for a lunch place either in Sherman Oaks or Studio City. I'm thinking of ging to Arts Deli in Studio City--yes or no?
I also need a rec for dinner. When I lived in SO, we used to go to La Frite--is that still good? Should I consider anything else? I generally don't eat spicy food, I'm not sure if my friend has limitations, so anything Italian, American or gringo-ish Mexican would be fine. BBQ would be great too. Basically, I need lunch and dinner places where 2 old friends can talk and catch up. The dinner place could have music too.
Then I need a good breakfast before I hit the road Sunday morning. My old breakfast haunts were Bagel Nosh and Fromin's--any feedback on those 2 places? I'd prefer to stay on Ventura Blvd as I'll take 101 back north. I am probably going to Brent's Saturday morning to meet someone else. Is there anyplace I should consider?
Lastly, I'll probably be solo for dinner--2 nights. Anything good, easy on the wallet (about $20 pp w/out wine, w/out tax/tip) that I should consider. I'm staying in Sherman Oaks. Boneyard Bistro? Casa Vega?
Many thanks. I miss LA way too much. I've been up here for 25 years and I'm always cold.
17271 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA
13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Casa Vega Restaurant
13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423