New Restaurant: Tuning Fork Gastropub for Good Eats, Drinks and All Around Fun

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BY KAREN YOUNG The latest entry in the San Fernando Valley dining scene is Tuning Fork Gastropub, which opened March 8 on Ventura Place in Studio City, replacing the three decades old Sompun Thai Restaurant. The space was completely gutted and … [Read more...]

Village Fish Market — A Great Catch in Calabasas

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BY  DEBBIE PAPPALAU Sure, Justin Bieber has his crib nearby and Britney Spears calls Lake Sherwood home sweet home but the new neighbor that’s got me as giddy as a heartstruck teenager is Village Fish Market in Calabasas. You … [Read more...]

Budget Eats: Joe’s Falafel for a Fast and Fresh Mediterranean Meal

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BY KAREN YOUNG  (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED June 17, 2012) One of my favorite things is to find little hidden eateries that are inexpensive and perfect for a quick on-the-go bite. My latest find is Joe's Falafel in a  non-descript strip mall on … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive to Dine: Petrossian on Robertson

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  BY KAREN YOUNG Caviar. That seemingly unapproachable, mysterious, allusive, expensive delicacy that people seem to love or hate (or rather, never thought about) depending on one’s palate and pocketbook. I’ve always had the palate … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Joan’s on Third, Restaurant Changes, New Loteria Menu, Coffee Bargain, Top Chef Dinner, Umami Deal

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BY KAREN YOUNG Finally! Joan's on Third is coming to Studio City in April!  The location is on Ventura Place where the old post office was located.  Ventura Place is the home of the Studio City Sunday Farmer's Market  between  Laurel Canyon … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks' The Local Peasant is expanding to  a second location in Woodland Hills this February.  Co-owner Karl Makinen says that it will be very similar to the Sherman Oaks location except they will feature 27 craft tap … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Sprinkles Mail Order Ice Cream, Sushi Gift, Starbucks Evening, Pizza Rev Gift Deal, Brats Brothers Expands and Closings/Openings

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  BY KAREN YOUNG How's this for a sweet gift treat? There's many delicious food items you can deliver for the holidays — cookies, cupcakes, wine, cheese, candy, fruit, even Chicago Pizza and steak— but did you ever think that ice … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Sushi Party Platters, Henry’s Tacos, Loteria Grill and Gift Card Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sushi Don in North Hollywood  (a fast casual offshoot of Sasabune in West L.A.) has one amazing daily deal on party platters through December 31. Mix and match any  four party platters for $100.  There are two kinds of platters: … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, New Menus 818 Style

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BY KAREN YOUNG PizzaRev is opening its third location in Woodland Hills today (December 5).  In just eight months, this craft-your-own pizza joint also has locations in Northridge (the first) and Studio City.  It's a fast casual Chipotle-type … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Take Home Thanksgiving Meals and Giving Back Events with Top Chefs and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Get your Thanksgiving 'home for the holidays'  orders in  by  November 18 at MDF fave Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Check out Diestel Free-Range Roasted Turkey Breast, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel, … [Read more...]