The Valley (8)

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank

Bob's Big Boy: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/19/2017

Elina Shatkin

Architect Wayne McAllister was inspired by the Space Age, World's Fair pavilions and roadside dining culture when he designed the building. Large, curving windows contrast with sharp angles, incorporating elements of Streamline Moderne and Midcentury Modernism. McAllister also mixed the practical with the eye-popping. The 70-foot-tall neon sign, which made it easy for drivers to see the coffee shop from the road, was so distinctive it helped build the Bob's Big Boy brand. McAllister designed many popular restaurants including The Smoke House in Burbank and several circular drive-ins, all of which are now gone. He was also responsible for several early Las Vegas casinos including The Sands, The Desert Inn and The Fremont.

Smoked salmon toast at The Bellwether

Ventura Boulevard Dining Guide: Studio City to Woodland Hills

05/30/2017

Karen Young

Ventura Boulevard from Studio City to Woodland Hills runs about 13 miles—and in that space sits hundreds of restaurants—among them mom n’ pops, a plethora of ethnic cuisines, casual and fast food chains, gastropubs, and finer dining restaurants. The rundown here is by no means exhaustive, but rather a hit list of some of the best, and historically significant, on the boulevard for any dining occasion.

Assortiment de sashimi à Asanebo

The Best Sushi Restaurants on Sushi Row and Beyond

08/06/2015

Clarissa Wei

Los Angeles is a wonderful place to be if you’re a Japanese food aficionado. There are entire neighborhoods dedicated to cuisine: Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, Sawtelle Japantown on the Westside, and the suburban Japanese culinary destination in the South Bay.

Sushi Row is a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley that's named from the area's many raw fish specialists. Often overlooked when it comes to the conversation of sushi in Los Angeles, are the restaurants along Ventura outside of Studio City. While the majority of them are heavy on the rolls and cater to a more Westernized crowd, it’s a good choice for happy hour or if you’re planning an epic food crawl. Read on for the best sushi restaurants on Sushi Row and beyond.

Seared venison carpaccio at Saddle Peak Lodge

dineL.A. Restaurant Week Spotlight: San Fernando Valley

07/14/2015

Discover Los Angeles

The San Fernando Valley is one of the largest and most historic regions in L.A., with spectacular natural landscapes, vibrant cultural attractions, eclectic shopping and a diverse range of international cuisines. One of the best ways to discover the Valley’s thriving culinary scene is during Restaurant Week. Read on for selected Valley restaurants that are participating, as well as events and hotels that will make your dining experience even more memorable.

Tuna carpaccio at Okumura

Top Restaurants on Ventura Boulevard

10/09/2014

Clarissa Wei

Ventura Boulevard is the main artery of the San Fernando Valley, a straight east-to-west shot from Studio City to Calabasas. It’s where you'll find all the cool shops: there are malls, yoga studios, vintage stores, bars and a multicultural variety of restaurants. Here are the top places to eat on Ventura Boulevard.

The Definitive Guide to the San Fernando Valley

10/12/2012

Leslee Komaiko

The San Fernando Valley is well-known to foodies as the home to some of the city’s best sushi restaurants. But there’s a lot more to the 818 than yellowtail and omakase. So without further ado, our list of a dozen essential San Fernando Valley restaurants.