Welcome 2013: The New Years Eve Dining Guide for the 818

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Dining in the 818

BY KAREN YOUNG Still looking for a special New Years Eve dinner in the 818? Here’s some select restaurants with festive menus, a variety of cuisines, entertainment, times and budgets. Click on the links for more … [Read more...]

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Chi Dynasty brings royal treatment to Chinese cuisine

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BY KAREN YOUNG The restaurant scene in the 818 is definitely picking up with restaurateurs from "over the hill" choosing some prime locations on the Ventura Boulevard corridor. Chi Dynasty, which has been a culinary landmark in Los Feliz for 27 … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Two new restaurants in Studio City and Encino

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Farfalla in the Encino Marketplace has a good sized outside patio and tall communal table, booths and smaller tables inside.  Photo: Jocelyn Freid

BY KAREN YOUNG Slowly, but surely,  more noteworthy restaurants are taking root on the Ventura Boulevard corridor.  In the last couple weeks, Chi Dynasty and Trattoria Farfalla,  two well-known Los Feliz restaurants, have expanded into the San … [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...]