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Samke Harra at Cafe du Liban

The Top 5 Dishes in Tarzana

11/05/2018

Joshua Lurie

Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan,” subdivided his sprawling Tarzana Ranch in 1923, and within a decade, his land and surrounding plots officially became Tarzana. Since then, the neighborhood has thrived between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and Victory Boulevard to the north. Tarzana has become a hotbed for Middle Eastern and Asian food in recent decades. Start culinary explorations with these 5 dishes.

Boiled ox bone soup with assorted beef at Musse

The Top 5 Dishes in Northridge

10/29/2018

Joshua Lurie

Orange groves and agriculture used to define Northridge, a city that officially formed in 1910 as Zelzah and was briefly known as North Los Angeles before settling into its current name. Northridge has proven quite resilient, bouncing back from the notorious 1994 earthquake and now houses an eclectic international community fueled in no small part by Cal State University, Northridge. The school started in 1958 and educates approximately 40,000 undergrads per year. Northridge has developed a deep culinary roster to feed students, families, and visitors. Start by eating these five dishes.

Chicken Shawarma Plate at Tel Aviv Grill in Encino

The Top 5 Dishes in Encino

10/24/2018

Joshua Lurie

Encino translates from Spanish as “oak tree” and the corresponding L.A. neighborhood sprouted from Rancho Los Encinos, a land grant that Spain first gifted to a local Gabrielino tribe. The Encino Chamber of Commerce formed in 1927 and now helps guide one of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable areas. Encino borders Mulholland Drive to the south, the 405 Freeway to the east, Victory Boulevard to the north, and Lindley Avenue to the west. Discover five of the top dishes within this 9.5-mile span.

Passion “Side Up” at Commonwealth Restaurant

The Top 5 Dishes in Burbank

10/15/2018

Joshua Lurie

Burbank is now best known for movie and TV studios from companies like Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, but the city’s modern development can be traced to a dentist. Dr. David Burbank accumulated significant land holdings in the area and made a fortune by selling his ranch to a consortium called Providencia Land, Water and Development Company in 1886. Residents later incorporated Burbank in 1911. The city remains famous for producing globally beloved content and bills itself as “Media Capital of the World.” Of course, all of these creative types - and Burbank residents who don’t work in the entertainment industry - crave good food. Discover five of Burbank’s best dishes.

Stuffed chicken at Carnival in Sherman Oaks

The Top 5 Dishes in Sherman Oaks

09/19/2018

Joshua Lurie

Sherman Oaks, yet another San Fernando Valley neighborhood that separated from railroad maven Moses Hazeltine Sherman’s massive landholding in 1927, has expanded over the years and now spans more than nine square miles. Sherman Oaks has a high concentration of Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants, and of course plenty of gastropubs, which have proliferated all across Ventura Boulevard. Now Sherman Oaks is seeing a new infusion of culinary talent that leans higher end and more creative. Discover five great dishes.

Half roasted chicken at The Bellwether in Studio City

The Top 5 Dishes in Studio City

07/16/2018

Joshua Lurie

Studio City’s name was inspired by Mack Sennett’s thriving movie studio (now CBS Studio Center). The six-square-mile-plus expanse has added a number of neighboring studios over the years. Hollywood players splurge on good food, and not just at power lunches. Thankfully, Studio City has one of the highest concentrations of destination sushi bars in L.A., and has gained a wide variety of seasonal and international restaurants in recent years. Discover five dishes that help kickstart a Studio City culinary adventure.

Samke harra at Hayat's Kitchen

The Top 5 Dishes in North Hollywood

07/02/2018

Joshua Lurie

North Hollywood previously fell under the purview of Mission San Fernando Rey de España and became private farms after San Fernando Farm Homestead Association and Isaac Lankershim purchased the land. The area was rebranded as North Hollywood in 1927 in a marketing push to capitalize on rising Hollywood glamour. Since then, the city has become more residential. After the launch of the Red Line in 2000 and the opening of the connecting Orange Line in 2005, the city centered more on the NoHo Arts District, which has seen a restaurant boom. North Hollywood also houses L.A.’s unofficial second Thai Town near Wat Thai Temple, a community center for Thai-Americans. Discover five of North Hollywood’s best dishes across nearly six square miles.

Idle Hour in North Hollywood

The Ultimate Tour of the NoHo Arts District: Part Two

02/26/2018

Karen Young

Now that you've explored our guide to the NoHo Arts District, you're ready to discover the nearby nightlife options. These venues are all within walking distance of each other, but best to take a ride share, and then—crawl for music, drinks, and laughs until the wee hours of the morning.

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