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Top Choice Japanese in San Fernando Valley

Daichan

Tucked away in an unassuming mini-mall, and stuffed with knickknacks, pasted with posters and staffed by a sunny, sweet owner-operator, this offbeat, home-style Japanese diner offers some of the best (and tastiest) …
Top Choice Sushi in San Fernando Valley

Asanebo

Although it's in a strip mall (welcome to the Valley), Asanebo is a Sushi Row standout thanks to dishes such as halibut sashimi with fresh truffle, and kanpachi with miso and serrano chilies. Chef Tetsuya Nakao was …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in San Fernando Valley

Carousel

Carousel may call itself a Lebanese restaurant, but this huge place has a commensurately huge following among Glendale's Armenian community. We can see why: succulent shawarma and kebabs, mounds of mezzas (small pla…
Amusement Park in San Fernando Valley

Universal Studios Hollywood

Although Universal is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating movie studios, the chances of seeing any filming action here, let alone a star, are slim to none. But never mind. This theme park on the studio'…
Cuban in San Fernando Valley

Porto's

Locals obsess over Porto's. There always seems to be a queue somewhere in this sprawling bakery-cafe, where different stations dispense hearty sandwiches, luscious cakes and obsession-worthy pasteles (small pastries…
Barbecue in San Fernando Valley

Barrel & Ashes

Barbecue with a pedigree: there's a concept. This stylish shop was founded by alumni of the Napa Valley's famed French Laundry and smokes meats such as beef brisket and pork spare ribs over California red oak. The 1…
Italian in San Fernando Valley

Vitello's

This sophisticated spot with brick and black-mottled walls has been in business since 1964 thanks to dishes such as chicken penne, branzino filet, plenty of pastas and hearty dinners like double-bone pork chops and …
Cafe in San Fernando Valley

Aroma Coffee & Tea

This popular cafe is in a converted, artsy, multi-room (yet somehow still cozy) house; outside, tables crowd leafy, heated patios and the line runs out the door. Coffees are great, and the humongous menu (mains $11 …
Japanese in San Fernando Valley

Kazu Sushi

Stuck in a cramped and otherwise nondescript, split-level mini-mall that's easy to miss is one of the best-kept secrets among LA’s sushi aficionados. Kazu Sushi is Michelin-rated, very high-end, has a terrific sake …
Mall in San Fernando Valley

Universal CityWalk

Flashing video screens, oversized facades and garish color combos (think Blade Runner meets Willy Wonka) animate the outdoor shopping concourse adjacent to Universal Studios. CityWalk's 65 shops, restaurants and ent…