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Pizza from Gorilla Pies.
Farley Elliott

21 Top Stops For a Meal in the Sprawling San Fernando Valley

Mining the Valley for gems hidden in plain sight

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Pizza from Gorilla Pies.
| Farley Elliott

The all-encompassing swath of flat land in northern Los Angeles known as the San Fernando Valley (or just the Valley) offers a wealth of exceptional cuisines, from simple everyday subs and hot dogs to some of LA’s best Thai food, period. Here Egyptian pop-ups compete for space with old-school burger stands and cool-kid breakfast spots, with millions of nearby diners ready to pounce on not just the next big thing, but the best old school spots like Casa Vega. Frankly, the vastness of the Valley can be intimidating to tackle — and, in its total scope, has far too much to offer for one single map — so here now are just 21 of the San Fernando Valley’s best places to eat.

Add: The Original Hawowshi, HiHo Cheeseburger, Uncle Paulie’s, Dan’s Super Subs, Athenian Grill, Anajak Thai

Remove: Mizlala, Hayat’s Kitchen, the Green Room, Larry’s Chili Dog, Lum Ka Naad, Asanebo

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Dan's Super Subss

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This Woodland Hills classic oozes charm. From the worn menu board to the broad array of meats and general sandwich selections, this is the kind of timeless and delicious spot that the Valley really excels at.

A submarine sandwich with meat and cheese in a basket.
Dan’s Super Subs
Farley Elliott

Gasolina Cafe

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Some of greater LA’s best Spanish food hides in plain sight out in Woodland Hills, where owner Sandra Cordero turns out all-day dishes like pan con tomate, tortilla española, and monthly paellas.

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Gasolina Cafe.
Gasolina Cafe.

Cupid's Hot Dogs

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It’s all about the retro love at Cupid’s in Winnetka, where roller skaters send hot dog orders out from the small kitchen to waiting fans.

Two hot dogs with sauce and relish next to chips on a red table.
Hot dogs from Cupid’s.
Farley Elliott

Apey Kade Restaurant

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The wide breadth of Sri Lankan food is on full display at Apey Kade in Tarzana. From raw kale salads to rice to hearty soups and stews, this place can do it all.

Brent's Deli

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An LA deli institution, Brent’s has been a staple in the Northridge neighborhood for nearly 40 years. The outlandishly good black pastrami reuben is reason enough to make the drive.

Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish
Brent’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

Baja Subs Market & Deli

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Part corner store, part hidden restaurant, this Sri Lankan specialist turns out some of the Valley’s most flavorful food like string hopper and lamprais.

Lamprais at Baja Subs on a green plate.
Baja Subs
Wonho Frank Lee

The Original Hawowshi

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This home pop-up restaurant toggles between a garage setup in Reseda and occasional dates at hookah lounges and other stops across Los Angeles, serving Egyptian snacks rarely seen on the Southern California streets. Here the savory feteer squares and round stuffed hawawshi are the stars.

Four half rounds of dough and meat inside a takeout container.
Snacks from the Original Hawowshi.
Wonho Frank Lee

Athenian Grill

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This easygoing Reseda staple works as a kind of East Coast-style Greek diner. And while there are lots of Greek dishes to know and love, most fans flock for the straightforward and satisfying breakfast burrito with just the right balance of crispy hash brown and egg inside.

A cut open slice of breakfast burrito showing hash browns, sausage and egg against a blue background.
Athenian Grill’s breakfast burrito.
Farley Elliott

Tel Aviv Glatt Kosher Grill

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Sabich, schnitzel, challah, shawarma... it’s all possible at Tel Aviv Grill, the Kosher Valley micro-chain that makes some of LA’s best Israeli food.

Furnsaj Bakery

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Granada Hills mainstay Furnsaj Bakery doesn’t look like much from the outside of its strip mall digs, but head inside for some of the best Lebanese food in all of Los Angeles. The shawarma is a must-hit, and the flatbreads are the stuff of legend.

Pasta|Bar

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Who could have ever guessed that the Michelin Guide would find Pasta Bar tucked away in its Encino strip mall home? Sure enough, the big red book has given Phillip Frankland Lee a star for he and his team’s work at this refined Italian-focused spot along Ventura Boulevard.

Bill's Burgers

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There are burgers and burger-makers, and then there’s Bill Elwell. The namesake man behind this Van Nuys beef and bun legend still mans the griddle as often as possible, turning out some of the sturdiest and least expensive meals in the Valley.

A handheld burger with lots of cheese from Bill’s Burgers in the San Fernando Valley.
Bill’s Burgers
Farley Elliott

Anajak Thai Cuisine

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This longtime family-owned Thai restaurant in Sherman Oaks is on top of the world right now, having just won the LA Times restaurant of the year award. It’s been the cool-kid hangout of the past two pandemic years thanks to lots of fun collaborations, weekly taco parties in the back alley, and plenty of natural wine. This is the must-eat restaurant of 2022 for the Valley.

Dry-aged black sea bream with nam jim seafood sauce from Anajak Thai.
Whole dry-aged fish at Anajak Thai.
Matthew Kang

Petit Trois

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The second location for Petit Trois in the Valley is larger in every sense than the original one in Hollywood, from the space to the menu. However, expect the same outstanding French bistro fare, like the perfected omelet and the Big Mec.

Petit Trois’ messy burger with bordelaise sauce and lots of cheese shown on a white plate in the restaurant.
Petit Trois
Matthew Kang

Sushi Note

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There are no shortage of great sushi restaurants in the neighborhood and Sushi Note ranks somewhere near the top. Snag a seat at the seven-seat bar dedicated to serving omakase from celebrated chef Kiminobu Saito.

Casa Vega

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Casa Vega has more than stood the test of time. The casual Mexican-American restaurant known for its big, deep red booths and colorful atmosphere has become a mainstay for the entire San Fernando Valley, even earning Jame Beard recognition along the way. Tortilla chips and margaritas are always fun with big groups, but sometimes sitting at the bar and chatting with the ageless staff is just as much of a treat.

Bar at Casa Vega, lit up with string lights.
Casa Vega
Wonho Frank Lee

Myke's Cafe

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Brunch staples like french toast, pancakes, and coffee form the backbone of this Pacoima daytime specialist.

HiHo Cheeseburger

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This wagyu beef specialist has made a name for itself with locations across the LA basin, but it’s the sunny, patio-friendly Studio City outlet that’s really been turning heads lately. For one of LA’s best burgers, bar none, this is the spot.

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HiHo Cheeseburger.
HiHo Cheeseburger [Official Photo]

Cilantro Mexican Grill

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North Hollywood’s Cilantro Mexican Grill makes what may be the best meat burrito in the entire city. Tucked into a quiet corner of a busy gas station, this place draws dozens upon dozens of lunchtime diners eager to enjoy the craftsmanship of chef Adolfo Perez, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate with a corporate chef background who is now making his dream come true.

Gorilla Pies

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Heavily charred, seriously cheesy, and impossibly crispy. That’s the way the pies are done at Gorilla, the Valley Village newcomer that’s trying to give the Valley a taste of Pittsburgh, one pizza at a time.

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Gorilla Pies.
Farley Elliott

Uncle Paulie's

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Cool-kid sandwich spot Uncle Paulie’s has found its Valley audience in Studio City, where fans arrive early and often for bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, daytime East Coast-style subs, and more casual favorites.

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Dan's Super Subss

A submarine sandwich with meat and cheese in a basket.
Dan’s Super Subs
Farley Elliott

This Woodland Hills classic oozes charm. From the worn menu board to the broad array of meats and general sandwich selections, this is the kind of timeless and delicious spot that the Valley really excels at.

A submarine sandwich with meat and cheese in a basket.
Dan’s Super Subs
Farley Elliott

Gasolina Cafe

A young, hip crowd inside of a cafe with red tones.
Gasolina Cafe.
Gasolina Cafe.

Some of greater LA’s best Spanish food hides in plain sight out in Woodland Hills, where owner Sandra Cordero turns out all-day dishes like pan con tomate, tortilla española, and monthly paellas.

A young, hip crowd inside of a cafe with red tones.
Gasolina Cafe.
Gasolina Cafe.

Cupid's Hot Dogs

Two hot dogs with sauce and relish next to chips on a red table.
Hot dogs from Cupid’s.
Farley Elliott

It’s all about the retro love at Cupid’s in Winnetka, where roller skaters send hot dog orders out from the small kitchen to waiting fans.

Two hot dogs with sauce and relish next to chips on a red table.
Hot dogs from Cupid’s.
Farley Elliott

Apey Kade Restaurant

The wide breadth of Sri Lankan food is on full display at Apey Kade in Tarzana. From raw kale salads to rice to hearty soups and stews, this place can do it all.

Brent's Deli

Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish
Brent’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

An LA deli institution, Brent’s has been a staple in the Northridge neighborhood for nearly 40 years. The outlandishly good black pastrami reuben is reason enough to make the drive.

Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish
Brent’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

Baja Subs Market & Deli

Lamprais at Baja Subs on a green plate.
Baja Subs
Wonho Frank Lee

Part corner store, part hidden restaurant, this Sri Lankan specialist turns out some of the Valley’s most flavorful food like string hopper and lamprais.

Lamprais at Baja Subs on a green plate.
Baja Subs
Wonho Frank Lee

The Original Hawowshi

Four half rounds of dough and meat inside a takeout container.
Snacks from the Original Hawowshi.
Wonho Frank Lee

This home pop-up restaurant toggles between a garage setup in Reseda and occasional dates at hookah lounges and other stops across Los Angeles, serving Egyptian snacks rarely seen on the Southern California streets. Here the savory feteer squares and round stuffed hawawshi are the stars.

Four half rounds of dough and meat inside a takeout container.
Snacks from the Original Hawowshi.
Wonho Frank Lee

Athenian Grill

A cut open slice of breakfast burrito showing hash browns, sausage and egg against a blue background.
Athenian Grill’s breakfast burrito.
Farley Elliott

This easygoing Reseda staple works as a kind of East Coast-style Greek diner. And while there are lots of Greek dishes to know and love, most fans flock for the straightforward and satisfying breakfast burrito with just the right balance of crispy hash brown and egg inside.

A cut open slice of breakfast burrito showing hash browns, sausage and egg against a blue background.
Athenian Grill’s breakfast burrito.
Farley Elliott

Tel Aviv Glatt Kosher Grill

Sabich, schnitzel, challah, shawarma... it’s all possible at Tel Aviv Grill, the Kosher Valley micro-chain that makes some of LA’s best Israeli food.

Furnsaj Bakery

Granada Hills mainstay Furnsaj Bakery doesn’t look like much from the outside of its strip mall digs, but head inside for some of the best Lebanese food in all of Los Angeles. The shawarma is a must-hit, and the flatbreads are the stuff of legend.

Pasta|Bar

Who could have ever guessed that the Michelin Guide would find Pasta Bar tucked away in its Encino strip mall home? Sure enough, the big red book has given Phillip Frankland Lee a star for he and his team’s work at this refined Italian-focused spot along Ventura Boulevard.

Bill's Burgers

A handheld burger with lots of cheese from Bill’s Burgers in the San Fernando Valley.
Bill’s Burgers
Farley Elliott

There are burgers and burger-makers, and then there’s Bill Elwell. The namesake man behind this Van Nuys beef and bun legend still mans the griddle as often as possible, turning out some of the sturdiest and least expensive meals in the Valley.

A handheld burger with lots of cheese from Bill’s Burgers in the San Fernando Valley.
Bill’s Burgers
Farley Elliott

Anajak Thai Cuisine

Dry-aged black sea bream with nam jim seafood sauce from Anajak Thai.
Whole dry-aged fish at Anajak Thai.
Matthew Kang

This longtime family-owned Thai restaurant in Sherman Oaks is on top of the world right now, having just won the LA Times restaurant of the year award. It’s been the cool-kid hangout of the past two pandemic years thanks to lots of fun collaborations, weekly taco parties in the back alley, and plenty of natural wine. This is the must-eat restaurant of 2022 for the Valley.

Dry-aged black sea bream with nam jim seafood sauce from Anajak Thai.
Whole dry-aged fish at Anajak Thai.
Matthew Kang

Petit Trois

Petit Trois’ messy burger with bordelaise sauce and lots of cheese shown on a white plate in the restaurant.
Petit Trois
Matthew Kang

The second location for Petit Trois in the Valley is larger in every sense than the original one in Hollywood, from the space to the menu. However, expect the same outstanding French bistro fare, like the perfected omelet and the Big Mec.