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Welcome to Valley Week, Unlocking LA's Most Expansive Suburb

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Five days of everything in the 818

El Tejano, North Hollywood
El Tejano, North Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Eater LA often gets feedback about coverage, and perhaps the most prevailing input is that this publication ignores or forgets about the San Fernando Valley, a massive swath of land just north and to the west of the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. This area is technically the city of Los Angeles, but it’s often broken up into smaller neighborhoods and identities.

For the next five days, Eater LA will dive deep into the 818, a fabled and distinctive part of Los Angeles that adds its own cultural and historical identity to the city. From a culinary point of view, it’s a classic suburban expanse, though parts of the lower Valley like Studio City, Encino, and Sherman Oaks, have had their fair share of trendy restaurants open in recent years.

This week, we’ll explore big new openings, produce guides on international enclaves tucked away in far-flung areas, give inside looks at undiscovered or little known eateries, and explore some of the tangential businesses that help fuel some of LA’s hottest food trends.

Brace for Eater LA’s first-ever Valley Week.