Henry’s Hat: Monday Night Football, Comedy Half-Time & Happy Hour deals

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BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF Henry’s Hat  in Studio City, just down the hill from Universal City, is premiering its “Halftime Hilarity” series on Monday, September 14—just in time for the first “Monday Night Football” show of the 2009-2010 … [Read more...]

Step into a taste of the middle east at Pita Kitchen

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Stuff your own pita with the falafel plate ($8) or get it in a pita ($5) or a wrap$6)

  BY SYDNEY EMBER   The unassuming blue awning has writing in both Hebrew and Arabic, a perfect testament to the Middle East cuisine sizzling on the grill inside.  The rich aroma of lamb and cumin mingles with that of tender chicken and a hint … [Read more...]

Noho’s Vicious Dogs…are delicious dogs

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BY FRED RUBIN Being a native Chicagoan I have automatic “street cred” when it comes to judging a good hot dog. Honestly, the very first week I settled in Los Angeles thirty-three years ago, I began a search for a hot dog joint that would … [Read more...]

Sol Y Luna: Most worthy Mexican cuisine in the West Valley

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BY ERINN EICHINGER Sol Y Luna sits on a quiet stretch of Ventura Boulevard right in between Tarzana and Woodland Hills.  It’s easy to cruise by, notice the artistic sign, and keep right on going.  But as I found out on two separate visits, … [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...]

Have it your way at The Counter

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BY CAROLE ROSNER The concept behind Studio City's The Counter is "choice." This recently-opened neighborhood burger joint is all about having it your way.  You choose everything you want on a burger — the meat, the toppings, the sauces, the … [Read more...]

Burbank’s Riverside Cafe is an unexpected find

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BY ANGELA FENTIMAN Perched on the corner of Riverside Drive and Mariposa Street is a true Valley find. A fixture for more than 15 years in Burbank's Rancho Equestrian district, Riverside Cafe serves up gourmet dishes that are unexpected from the … [Read more...]

Spumante: Still charming, memorable and ‘delizioso’

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BY FRED RUBIN The collective popular vision of the "perfect" Italian restaurant was created in 1955 in the delightful, Disney animated movie, "The Lady and the Tramp."  Arguably the most memorable scene featured two star-crossed pooches sharing a … [Read more...]

Chef Hirosuke resurfaces in the West Valley

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BY ERINN EICHINGER Let's be honest, it's not hard to find a great sushi joint in the Valley, and if you ask around everyone is sure to have their favorite.  An old stomping ground of mine used to be Sushi Hirosuke in Encino.  That is until chef … [Read more...]

Laurel Tavern: My New Best Date

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BY ERINN EICHINGER Personally, I was pretty bummed out when I found out one of my favorite low key, dimly lit bars, Sapphire in Studio City, was history.  But, that's the way of things, and when I heard that Laurel Tavern had been opened in its … [Read more...]