|L a Buffet||Northridge, CA|
This is a single price buffet, very similar in format to California Buffet or Sushi Factory, which are both located in Northridge.
L A Buffet is located across Nordhoff from the Northridge Fashion Center Mall, located in the building where the old Country Club restaurant used to be.
Predominantly Chinese cuisine at L A Buffet.
The food quality and assortment is larger and a step up in quality over either California Buffet or Sushi Factory. Not much better, but noticeably better.
Not great, but adequate.
Lunch Buffet is $6.35 served Mon-Sat 11 AM to 3:30PM
Dinner Buffet is $9.95 served Mon thru Thurs 4 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday Seafood Dinner Buffet $13.99 served Fri-Sat 4 PM to 10:30 PM
|Parkers' Lighthouse||Long Beach, CA|
Very good seafood restaurant, scenically overlooking the Queen Mary and Harbor Area from Shoreline Village.
Service is excellent, and parking is ample (shared with Shoreline Village). Indoor and outdoor seating.
Shellfish and fish dishes are generally excellent, with some yuppie (not authentic but still very good) Cajun selections like popcorn shrimp and gumbo.
Full separate bar.
|Yard House||Long Beach, CA|
Excellent and noisy sports bar-bistro type restaurant, located in Shoreline Village.
Scenic and fun dining. The Yard House also has locations in Irvine and Costa Mesa.
Ample parking in Shoreline Village. Ample seating. Excellent service. Separate full bar area.
An eclectic and varied menu awaits, but steaks and seafood are the primary fortes of this establishment. Just about everything on the menu is excellent.
|Fish Dish||Granada Hills, CA|
Located in a mall area at Devonshire and Balboa.
Fish Dish actually used to be a McDonald's. The McDonald's has fortunately moved away, and FISH DISH - a campy sort of fast food seafood restaurant and fish market has replaced the McDonald's.
Shrimp and crab meat cocktials go for $4.95 to $8.25. Chowder runs from $2.95 to $5.95
Fish sandwich $5.50 Shrimp Sandwich $6.25 (similar to a shrimp po-boy) 3 Fish tacos $5.95 Fish & Chips $5.75 Calamari $5.95
Mesquite grilled fish dinners serve salmon, shrimp, scallops, sea bass, swordfish and a variety of fresh fish for prices ranging from $7.95 to $12.99
Different, but not terrific. Still, it is an interesting change of pace.
|The Bing (formerly Bada-Bing) Pizzeria-Pasta- ...||Sherman Oaks, CA|
Surprisingly good small pizza and pasta place on Sepulveda Blvd at Magnolia.
Very limited seating (predominantly take out). Parking is difficult when it gets busy.
$11.99 for a small 12" $13.99 for a medium 14" $15.99 for a large 16"
Thin New York Style crust. All the standard trimmings and toppings.
Very good selection of salads for the health conscious or not-so-health conscious.
Calzones, submarine sandwiches and even New York Steak or Philly Steak sandwiches.
|Road to China Restaurant||Chatsworth, CA|
Small, affordable, good Chinese restaurant in a strip mall on Topanga Canyon at Lassen Street. There is nothing particularly wonderful or memorable here, but the food is good and affordable and the service is courteous and generally prompt.
This is a nice place for a quieter lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere.
|Domenick's Pizza House||Carson, CA|
Hours: Sun Noon - 9 PM Mon 11 A - 9 PM Tue-Thurs 11 A - 9:30 PM Fri-Sat 11 A - 10:30 PM
Typical Pizza Prices:
TOPPINGS MEDIUM LARGE X-LARGE (6 slices) (8 slices) (10 slices)
Cheese 11.65 14.65 16.65 Pepperoni, Sausage 13.55 16.65 19.25 Pepp, Mush, Saus 14.45 17.45 20.45 P, M, S, Olive, G Pep, O 16.85 20.25 22.95
Pasta and Entrees run typically from 8.95 to 10.95 with an average of 9.95 Sandwiches are from 4.25 to $6.45 with an average of 5.95 Salads run from 2.95 to 8.25
This place survives for its pizza. Pasta and other dishes are horrible.
Although prices are fair, quality is not good and service is spotty - varying From outright rude to mediocre when it is crowded to fair to good at other times
Pasta tends to be overcooked, improperly drained, watery and too soft.
There is a heavy ?pan fried hamburger? taste to all meat dishes.
Meat sauce is not very well seasoned, with an overly tomato taste. Meat tastes as if it was first fried, and then dipped into the sauce - not cooked with the rest of the sauce. Meatballs are golf ball sized, Interesting but not well spiced. They, too taste as if they were cooked separately from the sauce.
Salads are nothing special.
|Marie Callenders||Northridge, CA|
Marie Callender?s Restaurant and Bakery 19310 Business Center Drive Northridge, CA 91324 818-993-0704 818-993-8663 Fax
Another example of a chain of ?Pie Shop? restaurants. Marie Callender?s has been emulated by Baker?s Square, Four N? 20, and many others. Marie?s still remains as slightly more upscale than its competitors (which are almost more like coffee shops) - although Marie?s popularity has waned.
Sandwiches here, will cost you about $7.99. The French Dip sandwich is fair. Hot Turkey Sandwich is better for the same price. Soup and Salad bar can be added for $1.99 Marie?s signature burger is their Frisco Burger, which runs about $7.99 Garden Burgers are available for the Vegan conscious, and cost you $6.99
Pasta dishes are mediocre, but the Baked Lasagna is not bad at $9.99.
Other entrees vary from $8.99 to $12.99. The menu changes periodically. Slices of pie range from $2.99 to $3.99, with a slice of cheesecake running $4.99. Entire pies are also available to order for parties, holidays, etc. and can be picked up at the hostess desk.
|My Brothers Bar-B-Q||Woodland Hills, CA|
Good BBQ restaurant, with a decor which is a cross between a Love's BBQ Restaurant of the 1970s and a coffee shop or steak house of the same era.
The BBQ is on par with what you would expect out of a Love's or other small chain of BBQ restaurants.
Sandwiches come in REGULAR (3oz meat on burger type bun) or TEXAS SIZED (4 oz meat on large roll).
Nothing unexpected or special here, but it is good, hot, satisfying and affordable barbecue.
Entrees typically run in the $8-$12 range. Sandwiches come with a choice of BBQ Beans, fries or slaw. BBQ beef, chicken, pork and turkey slices are available.
BBQ beans are small navy beans cooked in the BBQ sauce. The sauce is not too sweet - just about right. It has small bits of BBQ beef suspended in the sauce with the beans.
The BBQ beef sandwich is slow roasted beef slices topped with BBQ sauce after roasting -- as opposed to beef cooked in the BBQ sauce after roasting. Good, but not terrific.
Service is good and attentive. This is a very casual, coffee shop type of place. Seating is not very extensive, and parking is available on the street, or down the side street near the restaurant (designated lot).
|Upper Crust Pizza Co||Bishop, CA|
Part of a chain of small take-out pizza parlors with limited dine-in seating. The chain has locations all over California - mostly in resort type locales like Bishop, Lake Arrowhead, etc.
This restaurant is located in what used to be a small Outlet Store Mall on US Highway 395 (Main Street) near where 395 intersects with US Highway 6.
Most of the outlet stores have long since pulled out of the mall, which is painted a bright red like a barn.
It is good and slightly upscale, but nothing special or terrific. It is perhaps a very slight notch above the other pizza places available in Bishop, but a very slight notch.
Service is good. Food is priced no better than the others. It is still a good place to go whe you are travelling through the area. Limited parking and seating.
|Aoba Japanese Restaurant||Glendale, CA|
Good but not great quality Japanese Restaurant and Teppanyaki located in Glendale.
Entrees are typically between $8 and $12, with nothing unusual or special on the sushi or regular menu.
Parking in the area is on the street, and it can be problematic and difficult to find a spot near the restaurant, due to the large number of small businesses and restaurants nearby.
Portions are good sized, and service is very good overall.
|Jbs Kabob and Grill||Canoga Park, CA|
JBs Kabob & Grill 8931 DeSoto Avenue Canoga Park, CA 91303 818-701-6169 818-701-6694 fax
Very good and affordable Persian Cuisine and Take Out. This is a small restaurant, with only about 10 tables. Casual seating. Located in an old strip mall on DeSoto between Nordhoff and Parthenia on the West side of the street.
Salads and appetizers run from $1.50 to $4.25. All the standards such as Tabuleh Salad, Hummus, Dolmeh, etc. are here.
Kabobs are the primary dishes here. They run from $5.99 for a chicken kabob to $12.99 for Soltani (filet mignon) kabob. Served with white and saffroned rice, garden salad, tomato, onion and lemon slice.
The lunch buffet is on Mon thru Fri from 11 AM to 2 PM. 8 varying items of all you can eat kabob and Persian food. $5.99
|Outback Steakhouse||Palmdale, CA|
Part of a rapidly growing chain of casual pub-bistro type steakhouses, similar in decor to a Chili's or TGI Fridays, but with an Australian "Crocodile Dundee" type decor.
Loud, noisy, fun. Excellent food across the board. Separate bar area serving the full menu as the regular dining area. Steaks and Prime are the forte's here, although they do have some shrimp dishes that are also outstanding.
|Olive Garden Italian Restaurant||Palmdale, CA|
Part of a very popular and growing chain of family italian restaurants with locations all across the USA.
The Olive Garden is just OK as an italian restaurant, but it is affordable, serves good portions and has something for just about everyone.
All the dishes you would expect here.
Meat sauces could use substantial improvement, but it is at least good, just the same. Not terrific, just good. Pasta is generally fresh.
Pasta e Fagoli soup is gneerally excellent and generally spicy and peppery. It is good accompanying a main entree, by itself, or as a part of their lunchtime unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks combo, which generally retails for around $8
Separate bar seating area and dining areas.
|Barones Italian Restaurant||Lancaster, CA|
Barone's Italian Restaurant 1229 West Avenue I Lancaster, CA 93534 (661)-948-0771 www.ginospizza.net
Remnant of a small chain of Italian Restaurants which had locations from Lancaster to Sherman Oaks, CA. during the 1970s.
Barone's is still pretty good, decades later, and it is still reasonable.
This location is on Avenue "I" (as in "India") in Lancaster, approximately 10 blocks due East of California Highway 14 (the freeway) - just about half a block west of 10th and Avenue I. Barone's is on the north side of the street. Parking on the street or behind the restaurant. This section of Lancaster is declining and not terrific, so caution is advised.
The food, however, is still very good. Pizzas come in 10-inch Small, 12-inch Medium, 14-inch Large and 16-inch Extra Large Sizes. They run from $9.75 to $20.30, with an average price of $8.75 for a small, $11.70 for a medium, $13.95 for a large, and $15.30 for an extra large.
Pepperoni, Canadian Style bacon, Sausage, Ground Beef, Salame, Mushrooms, Olives, Green Peppers, Onions, Anchovies and all the typical toppings are here. Vegetarian pizzas with sliced tomatoes available.
Pasta dishes are good, have decent portions, and are priced from $8.25 to $10.55. Gnocchi is available - generally a sign of a very good Italian restaurant. Gnocchi takes a long time to make, and most Italian restaurants therefore don't serve this dish very often. Gnocchi is reasonably priced and available daily at Barone's.
Spaghetti is available with meat sauce or meatless sauce. Lasagna is a generous portion and comes in at $10.05 with a choice of soup or salad. The Chicken Marsala has a light, slightly sweet, translucent wine and lemon sauce and fresh mushrooms. It comes with a small side of pasta and choice of soup or salad. Soup alternates daily between Pasta e Fagoli and Minestrone.
Big Baron Pizza sandwiches are available for $8.25 to $9.25. Italian Style Steak Sandwiches come in small or large sizes, and run from $5.75 to $7.75. Other Italian submarine sandwiches from cold cuts to meatball sandwiches to sausage sandwiches are available, as is an Eggplant Sandwich with mozzarella & sauce, and a Chicken cacciatore sandwich. These sandwiches come in at $6.00 for a small, $7.25 to $7.75 for a large.
Barone's is open daily from 11 AM. Highly recommended for a quiet lunch, power business lunch or a casual dinner when you are in the area.
|The Vault - Bar and Grill||Hollister, CA|
The Vault Bar and Grill 452 San Benito Street Hollister, CA 95023 831-636-5216 831-636-4974 fax
Located on the main drag of the north end of the old Hollister business district, this is a casual but interesting bistro converted from an old bank building -- retaining the turn of the 20th Century style art deco decor.
Separate full bar. Restaurant seating is ample with a similar decor and a sports bar type ambience.
This is a nice, but casual and a bit pricey place to meet friends after work, or take a date when you are in the Hollister area. Entrees average in price around $17.00 ranging from burgers and chicken dishes to steaks. Presentation of the dishes is akin to Wolfgang Puck - interesting and pretty, but slightly smaller portions and good but not particularly memorable or wonderful tasting entrees.
For the money you pay, this place is marginal. I consider The Feedlot in the nearby town of Tres Pinos to be far more affordable and better in quality -- but The Vault is literally a different type of restaurant, with a Happy Hour Sprots Bar type of noisy ambience. Feedlot is a family restaurant.
This place remains one of the better restaurants in Hollister, but it is not one of my favorites, just the same. It gets great marks for service and clever ambience, but it's food is way overpriced for what you get, and the food is good, but not terrific.
Recommended but not highly recommended.
|Cupids Hot Dogs||Panorama City, CA|
This is the newest location in a small, local hot dog stand franchise chain in the Los Angeles Area.
Other locations are in Northridge, Reseda, Encino, Van Nuys, Chatsworth and elsewhere.
Cupid's has been around since 1946. The locations in the franchise share one basic copre business: hot dogs.
The standard Cupids Hot Dog is made to order. "Everything" means Chili, mustard and onions. Other condiments are available upon request.
The hot dogs are about $1.85 to $1.95 and are excellent. This franchise knows its core business. Many locations sell just hot dogs, drinks and chips. A few other locations, like this one sell other items.
Seating is very minimal and parking is an absolute bear of an impossibility, as it shares its location in a small corner strip mall on Sepulveda Blvd and Roscoe Blvd. about 2 blocks due east from the 405 Freeway Roscoe Blvd (Annheuser-Busch Brewery) Exit.
Cupids is located on the opposite side of the freeway from the Brewery.
The immediate area is OK in the daytime, but somewhat hazardous after dark.
This Cupids is substantially different from the others, in that it has quite a number of additional, unusual items on the menu:
1. Gourmet Sausages & Specialty Hot Dogs:
Italian Sausage - $4.95 Garlic Chicken - $4.95 Lousiana Cajun - $4/95 Polish - $4.95 Portuguese Hawaiian - $4.95 Chicago Hot Dog $1.95 (not quite Chicago) Kosher - $2.15 Cupids on a Stick - $1.90
2. Sandwich Wraps
Six different theme wraps all priced at $5.95
Four themed Salads.
Priced from $2.95 for a small to $6.95 for a large.
Varying from $2.95 to $3.95
This place is a bargain when you have lots of kids to feed.
5. French Fries, Onion Rings
The french fries at the Chatsworth location are superior. The fries at the Panorama City location are cooked in oil and not blanched - leaving them oily and heavy tasting, and not as crisp as fries at the other location or at a place like McDOnalds.
|Mustards||Long Beach, CA|
This is a Chicago type hot dog and sandwich stand, located on Atlantic Avenue, on the other side of the 405 Freeway from Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Chicago Vienna Beef products are used, and there are nine different Chicago themed Hot Dogs on the menu. Regular dogs run $2.19 to $2.29. Jumbo dogs from $2.39 to $3.29
Chicago Style Italian Beef sandwiches are reasonably authentic. Again, Vienna Beef is used. It is thinly sliced, but not shaved and shredded as a true Chicago sandwich would be. The roll is correct, the beef is almost correct, and Giardinera peppers are also available upon request. $4.29
An Italian sausage sandwich and an Italian beef and Sausage combo sandwich are also available. $4.29 and $4.59 respectively.
This is as reasonably close as you can get to getting completely authentic Chicago food this side of the Mississippi River. It's not perfect, but it is reasonably close to the real thing.
For those who live far away in the San Fernando Valley, this place is very closely on par with the "My QT" hot dog and italian beef sandwiches in Northridge and Reseda.
Prices are reasonable.
|Bun Boy Restaurant||Baker, CA|
This is a Bob's Big Boy "Wannabe". A relic out of the 1960s and 1970s out in the town of Baker, CA, on Interstate 15 between Barstow and the Nevada State Line.
Bun Boy is your basic coffee shop and burger place. Nothing special or memorable here - but an adequate place to stop and grab a bite to eat when you are travelling up Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Service is good to excellent. Food is just adequate. Enough to keep you awake and stave off hunger on the long journey.
|Sisley Italian Kitchen||Valencia, CA|
Small chain of upscale but mediocre italian bistros in the Wolfgang Puck style. An odd cross between a sports bar and a bistro. Poor prices. Small but artistically presented portions.
Other location is in Sherman Oaks near where the 101 and 405 Freeways meet.
Interestingly prepared dishes, but they just do not quite taste good enough for you to want to come back again.
If you really want decent Italian Food, visit the Saugus location of Chi-Chis Pizza, located on Bouquet Canyon and Valencia Blvd. The prices are better, service is better, and food is better.