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Two profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce on a plate.
Profiteroles at Ludo Lefebvre’s Petit Trois.
Farley Elliott

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6 Delicious Things to Eat in Sherman Oaks

Eater editors’ favorite dishes in Los Angeles’ vibrant Valley

Welcome to a new series about the best dishes to eat in various neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Today we’re heading to Sherman Oaks, a vibrant city in the Valley with something for every appetite. From French bistro hits to sushi omakase with wine pairings, here now are Eater editors’ favorites in the neighborhood.


Profiteroles at Petit Trois

Two profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce on a plate.
Profiteroles at Petit Trois
Farley Elliott

Of all the things to like about Petit Trois Le Valley, the more spacious second outlet from French chef Ludo Lefebvre, one of the most surprising may well be its dessert. The restaurant excels at escargot and mussels, at steak frites and cocktails, but the airy profiteroles are reason enough to swing through the back alley valet line. The two profiteroles come rich with thick, melted chocolate and dense scoops of ice cream, and are perfect for sharing with a table after a long, meandering meal. Of course, one could conceivably down the gigantic sweets plate themselves, but that would leave so many other things behind. 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Farley Elliott

Portuguese egg tarts at Natas Pastries

Egg tarts on a plate.
Portuguese egg tarts at Natas Pastries
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Natas Pastries is more than just a traditional Portuguese bakery. The all-day restaurant showcases some of LA’s best and only Portuguese food. The menu is full of stunning savory dishes including a caldo verde soup and a chorizo dish that is flambéed tableside and topped with bacalhau, Portugal’s famous salted cod. Don’t miss the scratch-made baked goods by owner and Lisbon-native Fatima Marques, especially the incredible pastéis de nata. Marques’s egg tarts are dreamy. She starts with a crisp, puff pastry-like crust that delicately holds the creamy custard. The oven’s high heat makes for dark, caramelized spots similar to that of crème brûlée. It’s best served warm and worth the trek. 13317 Ventura Boulevard, Suite D, Sherman Oaks. —Mona Holmes

Moroccan fried chicken at Mizlala

Fried chicken with pickles on a plate.
Moroccan fried chicken at Mizlala
Matthew Kang

With its oddly shaped dining room, fantastic cooking, and reasonable prices, Mizlala might be one of the most unassuming restaurants in LA. The restaurant’s Moroccan fried chicken, tinted with spice then fried to a golden brown crust, comes with dill pickles and a hard-to-resist harissa aioli. The meat is juicy, augmented with spicy duck fat, and so audibly crispy that the dining room’s steady din barely contains the crunch. Of course, the Moroccan fried chicken is just one of many excellent things to try at Mizlala, an Eater 38 essential restaurant that truly strikes a creative balance between Mediterranean flavors and Angeleno comfort food. 4515 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Matthew Kang

Barbecue at Boneyard Bistro

A plate of brisket and ribs with sauce on the side.
Barbecue at Boneyard Bistro
Faley Elliott

Los Angeles has become enamored with great barbecue over the past few years, but there are a few places dotted around the city that have been succeeding at the stuff for years. One of the more prominent names is Boneyard Bistro, the 14-year-old Sherman Oaks restaurant where chef/owner Aaron Robins still cooks just about everything, every day. Want thick, meaty ribs with a slightly sweet house barbecue sauce served on the side? This place can do that. Interested in delightfully fatty brisket with just the right amount of sturdy, lightly peppery bark? That’s fine too. In fact, Boneyard can branch out even further, from a late night hot chicken sandwich to warm queso with house-made chorizo on top, but for those in need of a simple and satisfying any-night meal, it’s hard to skew from the barbecue. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Farley Elliott

Cured salmon nigiri at Sushi Note

Salmon sushi at the sushi bar.
Cured salmon nigiri at Sushi Note
Cathy Chaplin

From masterfully made nigiri to smart wine pairings, there’s a lot to admire about Sherman Oaks’s Sushi Note. Pull up a stool at chef Kiminobu Saito’s bustling bar to see what this year-old Valley establishment is all about. Hone in on the cured salmon nigiri, dolloped with sour cream and topped with wasabi stems, for a bite that is as Japanese as it is Angeleno. The gravlax and sour cream are a nod to the city’s rich deli culture, while the composition and balance speak to Japanese tradition. Throw in some unique wine pairings for a tremendous night out in the Valley. In a world-class sushi town like Los Angeles’s, it takes vision and innovation to standout, and Sushi Note has both in spades. 13447 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Cathy Chaplin

Sonoran tacos at Casa Vega

A plate of tacos with beans and rice on the side.
Sonoran tacos at Casa Vega
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Casa Vega feels like it has always been in Sherman Oaks, and that’s because it basically has. From stiff margaritas to enchilada plates and fresh guacamole, the standalone corner restaurant churns out timeless Mexican-American fare. Everyone who has spent time inside the exceedingly dim, red-tinged restaurant probably has a favorite order already, but don’t sleep on the hard-shelled Sonoran tacos that come loaded with ground beef, cheese, and all the usual trappings of Mexican-American tacos from childhood. They’re crunchy, savory, satisfying, and easy to finish in just a few bites, which makes them a perfect option for any diner, any time. 13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Farley Elliott

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