Who Could Ask for Anything More?
The vast and wondrous San Fernando Valley boasts a veritable cosmos of dining experiences. Here are just a few recommended restaurants the Palate has not reported on recently. Take notes then make tracks — but first take heed and make reservations where it’s advisable.
The Kansas City BBQ Company, 10863 Magnolia Blvd., No Ho. A beer and sports bar where you can hang out for big screen TV while chomping meaty BBQ and sides.
Paoli’s Pizzeria & Piano Bar, 21020 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Family-operated for a quarter-century, both the ambience and the cooking are authentic. The deep dish pizzas are special here. Paoli’s can be a fun hang-out with lively music and a full bar nitely. Prices are sensible.
People Wine & Grill, 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. This is memorable upscale dining in an elegant setting. New Zealand rack of lamb is just one Grill specialty among meat, fish and fowl dishes you’ll savor. Trust the tuna tartar appetizer for fresh flavor, and be sure to visit the convivial bar. The service here is notable. Yes, People is pricey but you get quality and ambiance on that dine-out occasion.
Froman’s Deli, 17615 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Do something well for 40 years and people will come in droves for hearty deli sandwiches, breakfast served from 6:30 ayem and a full menu of tasty specialties expertly prepared and priced right… Kids (with adults) eat free on Thursdays, and there’s a daily senior discount menu. Froman’s will cater any event from 10-10pm. Open 7 days around the calendar until 9 eves.
Delmonico’s Steak and Lobster House, 16358 Ventura Blvd., Encino. The renowned seafood establishment has broadened its culinary horizons and its price range of late. Saturday and Sunday are gala Champagne Brunch occasions from 10 till 2, and the weekday lunch menu is now priced under $20. Private couples booths with romantic lighting are available. There’s a more varied dinner menu now but if fish is your favorite dish, this should be your upscale dining destination.
Crazy Tokyo, 21841 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, and 18406 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. It seems that every third business on Ventura is a sushi place but Crazy Tokyo is popular not only for quality but cost, as all its regular listed sushi and rolls are served at half-price. There’s also a full bar. Hey, who could ask for anything more?