Bobby’s Coffee Shop: The ultimate greasy spoon, no-frills diner

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BY KAREN YOUNG Tired of going to the latest, greatest, oh-so-groovy breakfast places with jacked up prices, I was looking to meet a friend at a grounded old school favorite — or in other words – a dive (in a good way). We decided on Bobby’s … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Breakfast and lunch Flintstone-size at Cici’s Tarzana

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Forget Me Not Pancakes: strawberries, macadamia nuts, chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes with whip cream. Photos:

BY SUSAN SPILLMAN No matter how often I eat at Cici’s Café or what I order there, I always leave saying the same thing: “I’m stuffed!” True, I should exercise better portion control, but it’s incredibly hard when everything is so … [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...]

Kings Road Cafe: A City Friend Comes to the Valley

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Kings Road. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Kings Road Café opened on Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood the same year I moved from the City to the Valley. That was 1990. I spent a lot of time going back "over the hill" to Kings Road in those early days for meetings and to … [Read more...]

Gelato Bar & Espresso Caffe: A Taste of Italy in the Valley

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BY PAULINE ADAMEK Tujunga Avenue in Studio City (just south of Moorpark) is rapidly becoming LA’s very own Little Italy (at last!), what with Caioti Pizza (the original Cali-style pizza),  Press Panini and that old-school red-sauce Italian joint, … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ The Coffee Roaster where everybody knows your name

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KAREN PACKER Is there really a place you can go where everybody knows your name, and the people are always glad you came? At The Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks it may take a week or two for the owner and her staff to memorize your … [Read more...]

A Taste of Lisbon at Natas Pastries and Portuguese Cafe’

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BY CAROLE ROSNER I’ve never traveled to Portugal—never experienced the bustling capital city of Lisbon or seen the tiny island of Madeira. I haven’t gone fishing there or danced in any nightclubs.  I have, however, gone to Natas Pastries … [Read more...]