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Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News Comings and Goings in the San Fernando Valley

Posted By Karen Young On July 31, 2011 @ 11:35 pm In Burgers, Hot Dogs & Sandwiches,Cuisine,Dinner,Eat,Featured,Food,Lunch,My Daily Find,Restaurants,spotlight,Tasty Tidbits | No Comments

BY KAREN YOUNG

Visit Du-pars in Studio City tomorrow (August 2) between 6 a.m. -  noon and get a short stack of pancakes at the 1948 price —.40 cents.  CBS 2 will broadcast live with weatherman Josh Rubenstein doing the local weather starting at 4:30a.m. to 7 a.m. City Controller Wendy Greuel will be the “official server” to the restaurant guests. Cheerleaders from Campbell Hall School will perform a “DuPar’s Cheer.”

Sherman Oaks recently saw the opening of  The World Famous Spitting Chicken Cantina, replacing Kintara, just a few doors east of Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks. Restaurateur Richard DiSisto’s (Mad Bull’s Tavern and Lucy’s 51) latest concept  is a surfer roadside cantina in Mexico with a modern twist.  Former Max and Senor Fred chef Maria Magdaleno is helming the kitchen featuring an array of appetizers, such as quesadillas, ceviche, taquitos an a queso fundido (cheese fondue with squash blossom or chorizo).  Tacos, burritos and enchiladas fill the menu alongside larger entrees, such as chilaquiles, carne asada and chicken mole. Designed with rustic wood and  leather banquettes, stools and slight touches of surfer decor, it’s a spirited environment — especially after a Cadillac Margarita.

MDF fave Brats Brothers is opening their doors in a new and bigger location in Sherman Oaks next to Oakfire on Wednesday, August 3 at 11 a.m. Beer and wine will be served along with their outrageously tasty brats. 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (just east of Dixie Cyn).

Suddenly gone in Studio City is Ole Tapas Bar.

Lake Street Creamery is moving their unique ice cream flavors into a brick and mortar location in Burbank’s equestrian neighborhood (1221 W. Riverside Drive). Expect the same delicious ice cream. If you haven’t tried their donut ice cream or the Don Draper (vanilla, bourbon  smoke and a swirl of caramel), you haven’t really lived. Owners Beth Colla and  Tim Ferguson are building an ice cream cafe where you can sit and relax, use wi fi, enjoy ice cream, floats, shakes, coffee selections and other items TBA.  Since it’s in the equestrian area, there will also be an area to secure horses.

Speaking of Riverside Drive, MDF fave, The Riverside Cafe, is in danger of closing due to the economic times. It’s a very low key, quaint spot with an eclectic menu. Owner Matthew Peek wrote a note on Facebook about the situation. Mention the note and get 20% off your meal.

In close by Toluca Lake, a ways west on Riverside Drive, The Counter Burger,  recently opened its doors after a lengthy building period.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find. Email news and ideas to karen@mydailyfind.com

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