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Is there hope for a great meal in the valley?

Just found an awesome Korean BBQ place last weekend in Van Nuys. Now I don't have to drive to SGV or Koreatown !!! Excellent food, friendly, attentive service. The all-you-can-grill selection of 13 meats was delicious. At $16.95/person, it's a steal. No buffet here. All food is prepared in the kitchen per order and brought out to your table. The fresh sides and carafe of water are refilled at your request. We're not big on grilling the food ourselves, so we asked if the meats could be grilled in the kitchen and brought to our table. The owners pleasantly agreed. We asked for egg custard. Sure, they brought it out fresh and hot. We asked for small bowls of soup. Sure, they brought that out too. This is our new favorite place. Excellent food. Excellent service.

If it sounds like I'm pushing it, I am !!! The owners just opened this place 4 months ago, and I don't want it to to disappear. Delicious food with friendly service is so hard to find in the valley !

Fresh Korean BBQ
17623 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
818-758-9545

May 13, 2008
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

There are more diverse Asian foods here in LA than any other city. Thai, Korean, Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, and all the different regions within. If you're hungry and appreciate friendly owners, I suggest this awesome Korean BBQ restaurant. They offer an all-you-can-grill selection of 13 meats. No buffet here. All food is delivered straight from the kitchen to your table. Sides are delicious and continuous, just ask. They also offer other meals aside from grilled.

Fresh Korean BBQ
17623 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406
818-758-9545

$16.95 for the all-you-can-grill

May 13, 2008
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy annatto powder and banana leaves?

I know you said west side, but if you ever happen to be near the San Fernando Valley there is a thriving filipino community in Panorama City. There you will find restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and grocery stores. The largest of which are Island Pacific and Seafood City. Both have everything any filipino could ever want.

Oct 07, 2007
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

South Indian Dosa's in San Fernando Valley

Thought I'd repost this for anyone looking for South Indian recommendations in the San Fernando Valley. Some of my co-workers are from India and all they seem to find is typical chicken tandoori, naan, etc. Great, but what if you want the flavor of different indian spices? What if you want pure vegetarian with the option of no-dairy?

Here's my personal recommendation for both North Indian and South Indian cuisine. The buffet selection and affordability is great for large groups.
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I love cooking indian food at home, so I don't believe in expensive Indian cuisine, but I do believe in taste, authenticity, and variety. So I'm a big fan of great tasting, fresh, flavorful Indian buffets. In the San Fernando Valley there are 2 awesome Indian restaurants. For South Indian vegetarian cuisine, take a stop by Woodlands Valley Restaurant off Topanga Canyon Blvd/Lassen in Chatsworth. They have lunch buffets around $9, but the best is DOSA NIGHT every Wednesday and Friday starting at 6:30pm. You can have over 12 different kinds of dosa along with the vegetarian buffet. Everyone eating there the other night was of Indian decent-mark of an authentic restaurant ! The decor was open, clean and inviting, and the owner himself manages the staff and details. By 7: 30 the place was packed.

For North Indian cuisine like tandoori chicken, chicken masala, naan, etc go to Village Tandoor restaurant at Reseda/Devonshire in Northridge. They have a great lunch buffet around $9. The decor is open, light-filled, comforting. Great service and 2 flat plasma tvs showing indian music videos. Dinner and a show !
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Oct 07, 2007
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Indian food in Hollywood

It's all about consistent, great tasting, food. 40 minutes in LA ain't that far.

Oct 06, 2007
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Indian food in Hollywood

I love cooking indian food at home, so I don't believe in expensive indian cuisine, but I do believe in taste, authenticity, and variety. So I'm a big fan of indian buffets. In the San Fernando Valley there are 2 awesome Indian restaurants. For north Indian cuisine like tandoori chicken, chicken masala, naan, etc go to Village Tandoor restaurant at Reseda/Devonshire in Northridge. They have a great lunch buffet around $9. The decor is open, light-filled and comforting. For south Indian vegetarian cuisine, take a stop by Woodlands Valley Restaurant off Topanga Canyon Blvd in Chatsworth. They have lunch buffets around $9 as well, but the best is DOSA NIGHT ! every Wednesday and Friday starting at 6:30pm. You can have over 12 different kinds of dosa along with a vegetarian buffet. Everyone eating there last night was of Indian decent-mark of an authentic restaurant ! The decor was open, clean and inviting. By 7: 30 the place was packed.

Oct 06, 2007
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Vietnamese

Just visited an awesome vegetarian vietnamese restaurant that also makes/sells their own fresh tofu and soymilk !!!! For lunch I had 'bun bi thit nuong' which is a yummy cold salad of herbs, greens, cucumbers,bean sprouts, veggie chicken and veggie beef slices topped with a clear coconut sauce spiked with chili flakes. To die for! My beverage was a bottle of their own fresh soymilk. Cold and clean tasting with no aftertaste (unlike the corn-syrup spiked 'Silk' and '8th Continent' brand, yuk!). I also took home a block of their fresh tofu made daily. I tasted a spoonful raw and wow, this tofu had FLAVOR. Yes, I said flavor. It was dense and rich tasting like concentrated edamame. As a vegetarian this is my new favorite spot.

Vinh Loi Tofu
Vietnamese Vegetarian and Tofu Factory
18625 Sherman Way Ave, #101
Reseda, CA 91335
daily 7am-7pm
818-996-9779

The place only has 3 tightly packed tables, but the owners are friendly and helpful. This is a great neighborhood place.

Sep 22, 2006
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Made Tofu in San Fernando Valley

Just visited an awesome vegetarian vietnamese restaurant that also makes/sells their own fresh tofu and soymilk !!!! For lunch I had 'bun bi thit nuong' which is a yummy cold salad of herbs, greens, cucumbers,bean sprouts, veggie chicken and veggie beef slices topped with a clear coconut sauce spiked with chili flakes. To die for! My beverage was a bottle of their own fresh soymilk. Cold and clean tasting with no aftertaste (unlike the corn-syrup spiked 'Silk' and '8th Continent' brand, yuk!). I also took home a block of their fresh tofu made daily. I tasted a spoonful raw and wow, this tofu had FLAVOR. Yes, I said flavor. It was dense and rich tasting like concentrated edamame. As a vegetarian this is my new favorite spot.

Vinh Loi Tofu
Vietnamese Vegetarian and Tofu Factory
18625 Sherman Way Ave, #101
Reseda, CA 91335
daily 7am-7pm
818-996-9779

The place only has 3 tightly packed tables, but the owners are friendly and helpful. This is a great neighborhood place.

Sep 22, 2006
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Vegetables that cannot (or at least should not) be eaten raw?

Morton,Please explain yourself. Is your comment for taste or medical reasons? For taste: Olives are bitter unless cured; Eggplants are simply too fibrous unless softened by heat; potatoes are starchy unless the proteins are heated; mushrooms are fine raw and cooked; spinach and other leafy greens are often eaten raw in salads.

Aug 18, 2006
bothsides in General Topics

Help! Where to go for dinner tonight in Studio City / Van Nuys!

Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ in van nuys - texas transplants love this place.

Aug 18, 2006
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Good Korean for vegetarians & meateaters?

Chosun Galbee - high end, great food, good for dates, or business people
Soot Bull Jeep - good food, but grills are charcoal flamed, you'll walk out smelling like a smokehouse
Sa Rit Gol - unique panchan, casual

You may want to try Japanese BBQ instead. Most non-koreans find this style and cuisine more appealing. Gyu-Kaku is a great place for Japanese BBQ.

Check the internet for locations.

Aug 18, 2006
bothsides in Los Angeles Area

Is Filipino food embarassing?

After reading all the comments, I find it surprising that no filipino mentions the obvious...business. As a second generation filipina growing up in the mid-west, I had very limited exposure to philipine culture. Now I live in LA. After 10 years, I've come to this conclusion. Filipinos are not good business people. This is not a slam, merely an honest opinion. The business mind, quality, and dedication to running a restaurant is not there. You will never hear a filipino admit it because pride gets in the way. Pride is a major limiting factor in any culture's success. This is the problem with Eastern Europeans (former communist countries in the E.U.), and spanish-based cultures like the Philippines. So, yes, Filipino food that mom, aunts, and grandma makes is excellent. Unfortunately, finding a consistently good filipino restaurant is more of a culture problem than a food problem.

Aug 15, 2006
bothsides in Greater Seattle