Saturday, February 23, 2019

Shalimar Cuisine of India

Written by Kashish Nizami Located in the corner of a mini mall on the quiet western end of Ventura Boulevard, Shalimar may look like a modest restaurant from the outside, but with even the slightest closer look it’s clear that the eatery is modeled to make its patrons feel like royalty. Stepping foot on the green carpet pathway to the...

Take a breather at Pat’s Topanga Grill

A pleasant place to have breakfast or lunch is waiting up Topanga Canyon toward the beach called Pat’s Topanga Grill. Only five minutes from Ventura Boulevard, the eatery is open as early as 7 a.m. You will see the beautiful scenery of the San Fernando Valley on the path too a rustic retreat. The restaurant walls are lined with pictures...

CD Trader

  Skimming swiftly through a box of records while Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” surrounds the room, puts one in the mood for a day of crate digging. Located in sunny Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, California, CD Trader has been the place for music enthusiasts to find new, used and even rare records. With just a few steps inside the...

The Vegan Joint

  Written by Silvik Hagopian Stepping foot into The Vegan Joint, an immediate greeting is given by the only waitress in the restaurant, an Asian woman clad in a bright turquoise T-shirt and black short hair severely cut to her earlobes. The entrance room looks like a small café upon walking in. Overwhelming sunlight floods into the mustard-colored room, making the light seem...

Food review: White Rabbit Cafe

White Rabbit Cafe originally began as a food truck before opening a brick and mortar location in 2010, Canoga Park, Calif. The location is not much bigger than a food truck and from the small kitchen hidden from view the cafe serves its take on Filipino fusion combining ingredients of Filipino cuisine and presenting them in versions of familiar...

Food review: German Cold Cuts INC

Hidden on a strip mall between a Verizon store and a car audio installation shop is where German Cold Cuts, INC lies. While walking up to the door you will find on the outside patio a couple of plastic chairs and tables where you can eat. Behind the windows are another set of chairs and tables and beyond that are...

Zig’s Diner

On the corner of White Oak Avenue and Vanowen Street, Zig’s Restaurant is a small mom and pop diner that is often overlooked by many San Fernando Valley residents. The diner exudes tranquility and peace of mind. Its big windows allow sunlight to peek in from every direction. With several options, such as booths, outside seating and countertop stools, it is...

Exotic Thai Café

Written by Lynn Levitt From the outside, Exotic Thai Café is not exactly appealing. Located at the end of a seedy strip mall on Ventura Boulevard and Fallbrook Avenue in Woodland Hills, Calif., it is somewhat of a turn-off.  But, the front door opens, the atmosphere changes and the walls of the San Fernando Valley transform to a gem somewhere...

Bleecker Street

Written By Zach Felder A charming staff greets customers at Bleeker Street. Seating is provided at the ultra modern bar or at a table, both are pleasant. An event room is part of the layout for big gatherings. Performing an original act, a singer provides a romantic vibe to the restaurant, but families are also welcome. Plate glass adds to...

The Topanga Table

Down a winding road, one-third of the way into Topanga, is a rustic wooden building with a small section of an urban landscape on its far left corner. An aged wagon wheel on one side of the building is a direct opposite of the black metal structure of The Topanga Table. The restaurant is designed with an open-air atmosphere and...