Sweetsalt Food Shop: A Brand New Best Food Find in the Valley from a Top Chef

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Duck Confit with Lavender Honey. Photos: Karen Young

BY KRIS KELLEY RIVERA If you can’t reach me during lunchtime, there’s a good chance I’ll be at my new favorite eating spot, Sweetsalt Foodshop. Located at the entrance of Toluca Village, on Riverside Drive, there are so many good choices on … [Read more...]

Loteria Grill celebrates the regional cuisines of Mexico

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Squash blossoms quesadilla. Photos: Karen Young

BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER I’ve been a fan of the Loteria Grill in the original Farmers’ Market for years, and more recently, its sister restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. Imagine how thrilled I was to learn they were opening a new location in … [Read more...]

Chinese and Japanese specialties at Encino’s Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

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Hokkaido's sizzling shrimp. Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Although it’s noisy, crowded, and rather hectic, the recently opened Hokkaido Seafood Buffet in Encino is packed with customers. This gigantic All-You-Can-Eat buffet is located on the bottom floor of an office building on Ventura … [Read more...]

Dine 24/7 at Crave Cafe in Sherman Oaks

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BY RACHEL HELLER It’s almost midnight on a Friday in Sherman Oaks, and you’re feeling peckish. Where to go? Scores of savvy Valley denizens already know. Ambling into the bright Ventura Blvd. storefront of Crave Café in the wee morning hours, … [Read more...]

Hugo’s Gives World Cuisine a Healthy Take and an Expansion to the West Valley

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BY RICH LEIVENBERG I’ve known Tom Kaplan for almost 30 years and in that time I have almost never seen him without a smile. It is that smile, that sweetness and serene happiness, that he brings to his Hugo’s restaurants and taco stands. How … [Read more...]

Try a slice or a whole pie at Pepe’s New York Pizza

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Slices of Pepe's. Photo: Karen Young

BY ANA KACZMAREK Although I subscribe to the theory that any pizza is better than no pizza, a great pizza can turn a bad day to good, or a fun late night into a fantastic one. I’m always keeping my eye out for pizza places, and have amassed a list … [Read more...]

blue table: A hidden food gem in Calabasas

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Turkey sandwich. Photos by Erin

BY ERINN EICHINGER The fact that I even found blue table in Calabasas is what you might call a happy accident. I was hungry, driving around Calabasas and for some reason our car turned into a tucked away strip mall. I was so not sure about this … [Read more...]

Q-Cina Green Cafe: Indulge your inner foodie at prices that can’t be beat

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Seared ahi tuna and crab wrap with guacamole, arugula, tomato and herb ponzu aioli. ($9). Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG  (THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED DOWN) Q-Cina Green Café is one of those exciting food finds tucked away in a strip mall that makes you say “why is this not located right next to my house because if so, it would be my new dining … [Read more...]

A Taste of the South of France at Burbank’s Bistro Provence

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BY CAROLE ROSNER It took me less than 20 minutes to get to France last night. I didn’t have to drive to LAX and hop onto a 10-and-a-half-hour transatlantic flight. I just drove to Burbank, parked at a strip mall, walked through the glass doors at … [Read more...]

Chablis Food + Wine a worthy replacement for Paul’s Cafe in Tarzana

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BY ERINN EICHINGER In these hard economic times, it’s no longer surprising to see an established restaurant hang its closed sign for good.  It’s always hard, especially when the spot, like Paul’s Café in Tarzana, has been a part of the … [Read more...]