I consolidated the posts for Valley restaurants from below by category.
Unfortunately, did not have time to: format well or include the addresses (unless they were included in the original post). There may be duplicates as well.
Would be great if someone could re-organize the list by location within the Valley (eg. Encino, Woodland Hills etc).
All around good stuff:
- Hugos at Riverside and Coldwater. We go for the super breakfasts and the terrific "Create-a-plate" with a nice selection of veggies and sides to go with tofu, hamburger patty or chicken at lunch or dinnertime. The desserts are particularly good - try the scharfenberger chocolate ice cream! It's so dense and creamy and chocolate-y. Great cake and bread pudding, too.
- Gorikee for garlic chicken, beef salad, and hamburgers.
- Crossroads at Burbank & Fulton. Quite tasty sandwiches and plates. Closes around 6 or so, and on Sunday I believe.
- Buenos Aires Grille (Corbin & Nordhoff)
- French Bakery/Patisserie (Persian/French), [note: they have Mashti Malone Ice Cream there] Reseda & Barrett
- Uncle Andre's
- The Bear Pit. Decent ribs, great BBQ Sandwich. Not everyone on this board likes it, but I do!
- More Than Waffles in Encino (Ventura just east of Louise, on the lower level of the Town Center shopping center) has very good Belgian Waffles.
- Jinky's - a good breakfast place along the same lines as John O'Groats or Uncle Bills, somewhere on Ventura in Sherman Oaks
- Jumpin' Java in Studio City for the merguez(?) sausage and eggs and the nice rustic pancakes.
- Hugo's for the eggs with pasta and other creative items.
Art's for fish plate with double bbq cod.
- Gorikee. For about $7 you get a huge and hugely satisfying gourmet burger, the Wimpy Burger, with fine garlic frites. Excellent meat, excellent bun, and excellent condiments (gruyere, chutney, sauteed onions). I'd pit it against the Father's Office burger anyday. Another poster: Gorikee's burger is great if you can stand sweet flavors on your burger. Thumbs up from hubby but thumbs down from this no-sweets-on-burgers girl.
- Billy's Grill. Go to the corner of Magnolia and Van Nuys and get a GREAT BURGER at. Small burger shop but all is made fresh. Game burgers avail too. Great fries.
- Tasty Burger on Vanowen near Whitsett in North Hollywood or the Great Grill across from Glendale College.
- Hugo's (above) makes a mean burger. Mo's burgers taste great but we can't hang with the football shape.
- Gorikee (Ventura at Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills),
- Café Bizou (Ventura just east of Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks)
- Max (Ventura east of Woodman in Sherman Oaks)
- Rubin's Red Hots in Sherman Oaks (Ventura at Sepulveda). I always order an extra side of their extra spicy sauce. The wings are always made to order and have a great combination of heat and flavor. The only thing unusual is that they are served with slices of cucumber, not celery.
- Chili My Soul in Encino (Ventura, Ventura and Balboa, in the Smart 'n' Final shopping center at Balboa). Not much more to say that hasn't been said, except that the Soul Nachos are decadent and wonderful. Something like 30 types of chili, kind a strip mall cantina atmosphere.
- A&W Seafood in Northridge (Reseda at Prarie). This blows away all Chinese restaurants in the valley. dim sum, good HK style seafood
- A&W BBQ & Seafood, Reseda & Sherman Way, also branch in Northridge on Reseda & Prairie
- Mandarin Deli in Northridge. Pan fried dumplings, cucumber salad and a beer sound just perfect right now. scallion pancakes, hand made noodles with beef or chicken
- Mandarin Dish, 5219 Laurel Cyn.
- Bamboo Village 12910 Magnolia
- The Coral (almost every night!)
- El Criollo on Victory and Fulton but it's not so wonderful that I wouldn't go elsewhere.
- Porto's. On Brand in Glendale
- Guantanamera in Burbank. Great pork in Cuban spices...not so into the decor but we were thrilled with our meal!
- Marv's Deli, on the corner of Whitsett and Magnolia. If you want to find a time capsule, that's it. Great pastrami and brisket... huge sandwiches... a fraction of Jerry's prices. ALMOST as good as Billy's.
- Brent's Deli
- Leda's Cupcakes...try the Lemon and the "kids" chocolate!!! Ventura Blvd at Woodman.
Fish N Chips:
- Robin Hood for fish'n'chips, better than. Burbank Blvd. just east of Woodman.
- Fox and Hounds
- Miss Peaches
- La Frite in Woodland Hills. Better, we think, than the one in Sherman Oaks, for whatever reason. Love the fries and the chocolate souffle!
La Frite in Sherman Oaks (Ventura, just east of Sepulveda). I rarely think of La Frite when I am coming up with places to eat, but it's one of my mom's favorite restaurants so we go there pretty regularly. It's good, steady bistro fare.
- Alexis Greek Cafe (Tampa & Nordhoff)
- Great Greek Ventura Blvd at Dixie Cyn.
- Weiner Factory in Sherman Oaks for the sausage (Ventura, just east of Sepulveda)
- The Stand in Encino (Ventura, just west of Balboa) for a Big Blue Dog.
- The Stand in Encino. Especially dollar dog Monday's. Which I think are more than a dollar now but who cares! Prarie Dog here I come.
- The Wiener Factory
- Tufaan in Sherman Oaks (Sepulveda just south of Ventura). I don't know why hounds don't rave about this place. The food is excellent and has a lot of dishes different from the mainstream.
- Bollywood on Ventura for "nice" Indian and of course India Sweets & Spices on Topanga & Sherman Way for dirt cheap, no-ambiance, no-frills veggie Indian food (where else can you fill up for $3.50?)
- Woodlands Indian food. In Chatsworth to for some fine Madras-style cooking.
- Great India -- Order the Mirchi Tikka, it is excellent.
- Punjab Sweet and Spice on Topanga near Sherman Way. On the cheap.
- India's Tandoori. For a nicer meal in Tarzana has been good, though we haven't been in a while (don't confuse with the India's Tandoori in Burbank, which isn't a favorite).
- Great Indian Cafe
- Madras Masala (Reseda & Nordhoff) - great lunch buffet - both Northern & Southern
- The place on Magnolia just east of VIneland
- India's Tandoori, Ventura and Lindley
- Rocky's Indian Tandoori, Reseda and Plummer
Italian & Pizza
- Spumoni in Sherman Oaks (Ventura, just west of Van Nuys) The gnocchi is fantastic.
- Mezzomondo in Studio City. An underappreciated Italian It's on the N. side of Ventura, a block or two east of Whitsett.
- La Loggia on Ventura. Truly lovely with wonderful service and delicious food.
- Ca del Sole. Nicer Italian. Almost always great but sometimes spotty just lately. The stinco (lamb shank) and osso buoco are highly recommended. Nice salads.
- Santino's NY Square Pizza
- Alessio on Reseda Blvd.
- Viva Italia in Tarzana
- LA's Best at DeSoto & Lassen
- D'Amores on Winnetka.
- D'amores. Maybe they do skimp on the toppings and are expensive, but I love the crispy crust on the pizza. I haven't found anything close.
- Mulberry Street pizza in Encino
- Dino's Pizza
- Mazzarino's Pizza on Riverside at Coldwater.
Italian Deli & Subs:
- Italia Bakery & Deli (Balboa & SF Mission)
- Cavaretta's (Sherman Way & Topanga)
- My Hero (Reseda & Plummer)
- Tony's Italian Deli on Magnolia in Burbank. Good subs.
- Hirosuke in Encino (Ventura just east of Louise)For a regular "nice" sushi bar,. The fish quality is good. There is a nice assortment of items for both the purist and the fan of non-traditional sushi, and the price is reasonable for both.
- Cho cho san aka Revolving Sushi in Tarzana (Ventura, just west of Vanalden). For inexpensive sushi, I stick to the old and inexpensive favorites the best spicy tuna I've ever had and the Rock 'n' Roll (baked scallop, mayonaise, salmon roe and avocado in a hand roll) -- and am never disappointed.
- Maki Yaki 2 on Ventura and Tujunga (ignore the decor)
- 4 on 6 sushi - small, chef-owned sushi bar in Encino, Ventura near Hayvenhurst, usually has good fresh specials (baby yellowtail, toro, etc.); I prefer it to the Katsu-ya across the street. Another poster - I ENTHUSIASTICALLY second the recommendation for Sushi 4 on 6.
- DaiChan on Ventura at Eureka in Studio City. Always good and fun for not so much $$. A hearty second to Daichan -- we love it, and I go whenever I have a jones for hojicha --
- Nozawa. Nozawa's my first choice always but hubby grew up on Katsu, so we switch off.
- Tama Sushi in Studio City is also great -- calmer atmosphere than Katsu-ya and great, fresh sushi. Try the Poke.
- Katsu Ya
- Hyakumi (Plummer & Corbin)
- Yanagi (Corbin & Nordhoff)
- Small Island (Reseda & Plummer)
- Yamato in Encino. I cried when Ted/toshi san moved on, but Shin-san and Peter are doing well. Good half price choices, reliable, frsh sashimi. fabulous sashimi salad and spicy tuna towers. Reasonably price !!!
- Asanebo On Ventura Blvd near Laurel Cyn. Good quality fish.
- Katsu Ya. the spicy tuna and sizzling rice. albacore and crispy onions..amongst others.
- Seoul Grindz in Glendale plate lunches at,
- Green Oak on Van Nuys and Sherman Way sit-down dinners.
- Ka-San (not really the Valley) on Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta
Lebanese & Middle Eastern & Persian:
- Alcazar in Encino (Ventura just east of Louise).
- Falafel Palace
- Darband for a nice, elegant meal
- Shamshiri for a more casual affair.
- Koko's (NE corner of Woodman and Vanowen). The chicken breast kebab is superb. The assorted vegetables which precede the meal is VASTLY superior to Carnival's. They include pickled cabbage, radishes, a pepper, a pickle, and beet-soaked turnips - colorful, tasty and healthy. The kebab is wonderfully seasoned and comes with onions, parsley and pitas. There is so much food that I never eat the pitas. The garlic sauce that comes with the plate of rice pilaf is close in taste to Zankou's, and you get roughly five times as much. The menu at Koko's is very limited, but I'd rate Koko's over Carnival.
- Carnival for Lebanese food (really tasty lentil soup, very cumin-intense). Woodman between Moorpark and Ventura, east side, same center as to QT Chicago Dogs and the mini-mart. it is always insanely packed - which says good things about it.
- Amir's Falafel on Ventura in Studio City. It's good, fresh and reasonably priced. Nothing's over flavored; there's a fundamental respect for the flavors of the vegetables.
- Pita Kitchen
- Cedar House Cafe
- House of Kabob--"It's All Good", Reseda & Vanowen
- El Jerezano in Van Nuys (Hazeltine, just south of Oxnard).
- La Casita in Studio City
- Tequilas on Victory/Woodman for "regular",
- Tortas de Mexico on Ventura for tortas, and
- Uruapan on Woodman between Victory and Vanowen for carnitas.
- Casita Taco in NoHo or Burbank for grilled shrimp burritos,
- Sahuayo for chicken or carnitas burritos.
- Granada in Burbank for tostadas and salsa and chips ( short list of wonderful items on an just-average menu).
- the carnitas at Taleo/Irvine...now THAT'S an orgasm! Woohoo!!)
- Don Zarape's on Burbank Blvd for their homemade corn tortilla's-tacos el pastor or homemade Birria
- Los Toros on Devonshire
- Casa de Carlos on Devonshire (if there is a wait to get into Los Toros)
- Carillo's (Sherman Way & Corbin)
- Sabroso's (Vanowen & Corbin - last I saw they were closed for remodeling)
- Taco Llama, locations throughout Valley
- Las Fuentes, Melody's, Reseda & Vanowen
[note: Las Fuentes, Melody's and Sol y Luna all owned by same family]
- La Parilla, Reseda & Sherman Way (?)
- Casita Taco
- Las Fuentas, the best buritto this side of El Tepeyac. Fresh and cheap. Reseda and Vanowen.
- Lau's on Victory in Burbank,
- El Hatuchay (cheap cheap cheap, dinners include first course) at Coldwater Cyn/Sherman Way (NE corner) in North Hollywood
- The Oyster House
- King's Fish House in Calabassas
- Sid's Seafood House in Canoga Park (not as good as King's but a lot closer)
- Monty's (Topanga & Ventura)
- Black Angus on Corbin (preparing for major flame - they actually have a very good filet mignon although the martinis are watered down big time)
- Charlie Gs
- Mistral on Ventura and Dixie Cyn. Love the fries there too! Love the atmosphere. One of my Valley Favorites.
- Krua Thai in North Hollywood is amazing.,
- Thai 'n' I, in Encino (Ventura, just east of White Oak). For Thai barbecue, chicken and ribs only.
- Bua Siam in "Little Thai Town" on Sherman Way in North Hollywood
- Anajak in Sherman Oaks
- Top Thai, Reseda & Sherman Way
- Krua Thai On Sherman Way. Wat Thai Temple on Saturday's and Sundays!!! Delicious food stalls. Papaya salad to die for! Coldwater at Roscoe..GO!!!
- The pho place next to 99 Ranch on Sepulveda and Victory. We were there yesterday and had a splendid meal for 3 for under $20 including terrific iced coffee.
- Pho So 1, Reseda & Sherman Way