Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wrangle in some Texas-style barbecue

If you drive too fast, you will probably miss this place.  And what a shame it would be. Dr. Hogly Wogly surrounded by tall apartment buildings and local businesses on the busy Sepulveda Blvd. It is tucked in between a liquor store and a barber shop. The rooftop is covered with grey-brown shingles, black-brown wooden trims and the exterior walls...

Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop

Brick red and royal blue letters are planted upon a light taupe colored rooftop that covers a small building on the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Hazeltine Avenue. It has been serving up home-style comfort food for three decades in the San Fernando Valley. From the outside it embodies an old school feel of a typical family diner. The...

Mixing generations at The One Up

Combine the nostalgia of 1980s video games with the foodie culture that has been growing in popularity the past couple of years, The One Up of Studio City is the newest addition to this growing “barcade” culture. Recently opened along the many restaurants that occupy Ventura Boulevard, The One Up brings a different kind of gastropub experience to the area....

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...

REVIEW: Cha Cha Chicken

There exists a long lost isle of the Caribbean, insulated by high-growing greenery and thatched eaves. It’s nestled behind a Northridge McDonald’s, and sandwiched between a barber and a skate shop. The name of this isla perdida… Cha Cha Chicken. Here, you can treat yourself to a smorgasbord of delectable food that borrows tastes from every corner of the Caribbean at...

Pizzeria Factory

Clean and quaint, The Pizzaria Factory entertains your five senses with pretty sights, enticing smells, a carnival of textures, a rainbow of tastes and playful sounds that leave the patron in a state of high spirits or feeling a little devilish desiring more. In a plaza, 0.8 miles away from Pierce College, where grocery stores, a CVS pharmacy and a...

Signature brots at Dog Haus

Tucked away with a strip of stores adjacent to the Topanga Mall is Dog Haus: The Absolute Wurst. This latest installment in the San Fernando Valley is the brainchild of partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, and Andre Vener. Its open glass front façade and cheeky name draw in hungry customers. The deceivingly large restaurant could be compared to walking into...

Blaze Pizza

As people travel down the escalator of the Westfield Topanga mall, following the fiery, orange sign displaying “Blaze Pizza” in sky scraping lettering, the aroma of sizzling cheese with warm dough fill their senses. The rustic feeling of the pizzeria felt like coming to grandma’s house on the countryside for family dinner. Starting with choosing a fresh, red tomato sauce...

El Taco Llama

Written by Calvin B. Alagot Photo by John Gutierrez Location: 8709 Corbin Ave Northridge, CA 91324 (818) 885-5918     There are a few El Taco Llama locations in the San Fernando Valley, but the Northridge location is undeniably the best. Parking is terrible, seating is scarce during rush and there are plenty of homeless people roaming about, but once you have tried this Mexican fast...

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...