Sunday, January 17, 2021

Review: Paoli’s Pizzeria and Piano Bar

Italian Restaurants are renowned as a staple of Chicago or New York culture. Finding genuine Italian food in Los Angeles is an interesting challenge. The Chicagoan will claim it isn’t nearly as good as their local spot, while the New Yorker wouldn’t even bother with the attempt.  Yet, it’s hard...

Food filling and authentic at El Patron

A few blocks before busy Ventura Boulevard, on Reseda Boulevard, lies a Spanish adobe-like Mexican restaurant. The busy restaurant is well-lit at night to indicate that this is the place to be tonight. Upon entering, one can immediately notice the fun and lively atmosphere that the restaurant brings. After using the app Open Table, we were seated immediately inside...

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: China Buffet

On Sherman Way Ave., China Buffet is the most financially economical buffet where you get the most out of your $5 bill.  Caution if you've never been there before as it is troublesome to find, as they only have a small 4 x 5 a sign posted near their front entrance. A friendly young voice greets you as you walk...

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...

REVIEW: The Original Pizza Cookery

A large wooden door next to a quaint oval window that looks into a kitchen gives a 1980s vibe to this local restaurant. Located off of Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California on Erwin Street, The Original Pizza Cookery has been around since 1975. Founded by Jordan Klempner, the Cookery has been demonstrating a love for cooking delicious food...

Review: New York Chicken and Gyro

The combo plate at New York Chicken and Gyro includes rice, chicken and lamb. Photo by Peter Villafane. When I lived in New York City, there was a halal truck on nearly every street corner. These food trucks served halal foods such as gyros and meats over rice, and the smell of spices and...

Review: Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen

No longer do the words Cajun and Vegan have to exist as an oxymoron.  This woman-owned, all-vegan Cajun restaurant is redefining what it means to eat Vegan, one southern fried, tastefully seasoned, homemade meal at a time.  Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen, located in North Hollywood, was named...

Crazy good sushi

A black wooden door sandwiched between the tan stucco facade of a local restaurant is reminiscent of a modern speakeasy. Located on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, Crazy Tokyo Sushi has been in business for more than 20 years. While the alley parking behind the restaurant can be tricky, there is often enough metered spaces out front. Parking in those...

Food review: The Baker Bakery and Cafe

Written by: Matt Gottesman Tucked back from the street in Woodland Hills, The Baker Bakery & Cafe is a quiet restaurant with a left­-of­-center menu and legions of stellar desserts. Satellite radio hums a soothing bouzouki jukebox inside. Afternoon sunshine spills onto a parking lot patio and through floor­-to­-ceiling windows. The atmosphere is unwaveringly calm and, like the menu, unique. It’s hard...