It's Burger Madness as Umami Burger Finally Opens in Studio City

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BY KAREN YOUNG After months and months of waiting, Umami Valli (aka Valley) finally opens today at 11 a.m. in Studio City. The fifth rendition of this insanely popular burger restaurant has gone upscale in a Hollywood Regency style, designed by … [Read more...]

Got Sushi: A Culinary Gem Sure to Surprise

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Chef Jun Young

BY DANROCHELLE YUMUL A sushi bar nestled inside a hamburger joint? And a really unique one to boot? That's the case at Got Sushi which sits inside King's Burgers in Northridge.  Open just about a year, Got Sushi's Chef Jun Young took root at Kings … [Read more...]

Olive & Thyme: A Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe takes root in Toluca Lake

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BY KAREN YOUNG Another sign that the city food vibe is now filtering to the Valley is the opening of Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.  For years, many of us valley-ites have previously had to take a trip over the hill for a gourmet … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Xtreme Desserts Opens, Umami Update, Natas Dinner

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Party in the Parking LotPhoto: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG At last, the original Red Velvet Cookie has found a permanent home. XTREME DESSERTS, one of My Daily Find’s absolutely favorite dessert companies, and the creator of this scrumptious cookie, just opened their first store in Studio … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday: Where to touch down for TV, drinks and pub grub in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Super Bowl is this weekend — where will you be? Here's a list of sports bars and gastropubs in the east and west San Fernando Valley.   March Madness and Baseball are just around the corner, so keep this list handy for your … [Read more...]

La Cava Shines With A Taste of Tuscany in Sherman Oaks

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Owner Armando Pucci and Chef Jesus Guterezz  PHOTOS: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG UPDATE: MARCH 18 LA CAVA NOW HAS A LIQUOR LICENSE. There’s a little taste of real Italy right smack dab in Sherman Oaks at the newly opened La Cava — which starts with a warm greeting by the very charming and humorous owner, … [Read more...]

Kravings World Fusion dishes up something for everyone at a good price

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The vegetarian is a deal for lunch at $9.95.  Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Kravings World Fusion Steakhouse and BBQ in Tarzana is worth quitting (or at least postponing) your New Year’s diet resolution. This contemporary Brazilian-style restaurant serves “Churrasco” (a Portuguese and Spanish term … [Read more...]

Living large with Brats Brothers authentic gourmet sausages

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(NOTE: Since this article first appeared, Brats Brothers moved to  a new and bigger location in Sherman Oaks. Beer and wine is now served 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (just east of Dixie Cyn).) BY KAREN YOUNG There are times when I … [Read more...]

Now Open: Sweet Butter Kitchen, Cafe and Market — How Sweet It Is

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Sweet Butter owner Leslie Danielan and her "brown haired girls" — as she has coined the group name of her chefs. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG As I entered Sweet Butter Kitchen, Cafe' and Market, I passed an outdoor pillowed sitting area through open wrought iron gates and an herb garden, to a patio courtyard with tables leading into a small café and marketplace. And for an … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: A New "Eat Pub" Goes Local in the 818

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Fish & Chips

BY KAREN YOUNG We're getting into step in the 818 as the tavern/pub movement slowly grows.  The latest is The Local Peasant, which replaced Cozy's in Sherman Oaks. Currently in its soft opening, the paint is barely dry and the signage isn't yet up … [Read more...]