Our Ventura Blvd - Our Ventura Blvd August 2017

Sweet Italian Mirage

Gelato flavors include Bronte pistachio and peanut. [Joshua Lurie]Studio City has become loaded with popular ice cream options like McConnell’s, Salt & Straw and Local Ice. Now native Italian Maria Agnese Spagnuolo is counter-programming with Fatamorgana Gelato, a 14-year-old brand she named for a mirage that appears above the horizon. Fatamorgana’s first L.A. outpost is in a prime location next…

Waffling in NoHo

Waffles are versatile at this family-run NoHo restaurant. [Joshua Lurie]There’s little doubt what to order at & Waffles, the new breakfast and lunch spot on a prime NoHo corner near Universal City. The issue: What to eat with your waffles. Their waffle combo is a good place to start, with two airy rectangular waffles plated with two strips of bacon, two…

Fire & Ice

So hot, they’re cool. Try your hand at some desserts inspired by summer’s heat, with just the right amount of chill.

Just Like Paradise

Paradis ice cream arrives daily from their San Fernando facility. [Joshua Lurie]Paradise was a big topic of conversation in ’80s pop songs, whether it was David Lee Roth’s “Just Like Paradise,” Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” or Footloose theme “Almost Paradise.” Now, paradise has arrived in Sherman Oaks. Well, Paradis. Paradis is a Danish company that produces creamy ice…

Creative New Donuts

Taste the rainbow (of donuts) at Blinkie’s. [Joshua Lurie]Blinkie’s Donut Emporium, the local Woodland Hills treasure that recently won Ventura Blvd magazine’s donut taste test, has expanded on their classic repertoire. Teresa Ngo has run Blinkie’s since 2002 with baker/father Hugh. She has rolled out a new generation of supple raised donuts inspired by culinary experiences. “Classic donuts are fun,…

Antonio’s Hits the Big 6-0

Antonio’s Pizzeria includes pizza in their 60th anniversary meal deal. [Antonio’s Pizzeria]Sixty years is a remarkable stretch for any restaurant. One of the Valley’s oldest establishments, Antonio’s Pizzeria, can trace its legacy to 1957, when Antonio Miceli opened his neighborhood Italian joint in Sherman Oaks. For the past three decades, “new” owners Alexandra Lunardon and brother Steven have carried on…

Gut-Busting Sandwiches

Tussle with the Fat Texas sandwich if you dare. [Fat Sal’s Deli]No matter what any trainer to the stars may tell you, Angelenos love to eat fatty comfort foods. Just look at L.A. institutions like Fatburger, a mainstay since 1952. Now along comes a concept even more audacious: Fat Sal’s Deli. Sal Capek and Josh Stone’s burgeoning chain has been…

Sell-Out Sandwiches

Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks rotates sandwiches daily. [Joshua Lurie]In the past three years, Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks has leapt to the head of the Boulevard’s gourmet foods pack—in part by offering more than just artisan cheese. The owners, longtime queso ace Kia Burton and husband Tyler, raid their cold cases and shelves every day for different ingredients to use in…

Thai Adventure

Khao soi translates as curry noodles at Now on 9. [Joshua Lurie]The meaning and mission of Now on 9 is not immediately clear, but look closer and the story behind the modern Valley Village Thai restaurant is revealed. What is the significance of the number 9? Bangkok native Natalie Suchartnitkul has always embraced 9, which is a lucky number in…

Barrel-Aged Is Just the Beginning

Forman’s proprietary bourbon factors into cocktails like Ye Olde Rustic. [Joshua Lurie]When a restaurant has whiskey in the name, they better deliver serious booze … and Forman’s Whiskey Tavern does. The Toluca Lake watering hole recently rolled out their own blend of Woodford Reserve barrel-aged whiskey. Forman’s GM Mark Sandstrom explained the process behind their unique, proprietary barrel, saying, “The Forman’s Whiskey Tavern team wanted…

A Speakeasy for Sushi

Phillip Frankland Lee has turned the old formula inside out, hiding an inventive sushi counter behind a secret door in his Encino bar, Woodley Proper.

Phillip Frankland Lee has turned the old formula inside out, hiding an inventive sushi counter behind a secret door in his Encino bar, Woodley Proper.

Hole Foods

The origins of the donut may be widely disputed, but one thing’s for sure—they’ve been loved for generations. Here we poll four, sugar-lovin’ first graders to choose the Valley’s most decadent, delightful donut.

The origins of the donut may be widely disputed, but one thing’s for sure—they’ve been loved for generations. Here we poll four, sugar-lovin’ first graders to choose the Valley’s most decadent, delightful donut.

Greatness by the Glass

It is not what is on the menu at Augustine, but what’s on the chalkboard, as the Sherman Oaks wine bar becomes the most exciting place to drink vintage wine in LA.

It is not what is on the menu at Augustine, but what’s on the chalkboard, as the Sherman Oaks wine bar becomes the most exciting place to drink vintage wine in LA.

Gourmand’s Delight

Gourmet goods like truffle caviar, smoked meats and aged cheeses have foodies trekking to an off-the-beaten-path NoHo corridor and stuffing shopping bags like there’s no tomorrow.

Gourmet goods like truffle caviar, smoked meats and aged cheeses have foodies trekking to an off-the-beaten-path NoHo corridor and stuffing shopping bags like there’s no tomorrow.

Claudine Kitchen & Bakeshop

Anthony Jacquet & Lea Newton

16350 Ventura Blvd., Unit F, Encino  |  818-616-3838  |  claudinela.com Claudine Kitchen & Bakeshop is a modern California café serving a menu representing the food that the owners grew up eating in Los Angeles. Claudine caters to the local breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds and serves a weekend brunch menu that has become popular in the Valley. Chefs and partners…

The Sherman

Sherman Oaks

bar; Ventura Blvd magazine; the sherman LA; profile14633 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks  |  818-485-2200  |  theShermanLA.com   |  AtticattheSherman.com A staple of the thriving Ventura Boulevard foodie scene, the Sherman offers fresh American cuisine with a focus on creative and flavor-forward dishes. The restaurant, owned by Valley locals Theo Mavro and Phil Felton, boasts top-notch service, a warm and welcoming atmosphere,…

Vitello’s Restaurant

Brad Roen, Managing Partner

4349 Tujunga Ave. Studio City  |  818-769-0905  |  vitellosrestaurant.com Since 1964 Vitello’s Restaurant has been a fixture in Studio City’s Tujunga Village. Local Realtor Matt Epstein bought the eatery to preserve its history and classic brick building, which underwent a major remodel six years ago. Co-owner Brad Roen joined the team in 2010, bringing three decades of experience working in…

Le Sanglier French Restaurant

Michael Khalatian, Owner/Manager

5522 Crebs Avenue Tarzana  |  818-345-0470  |  lesanglier1.com A Valley culinary institution for more than 47 years, Le Sanglier offers classic French cuisine as well as vegetarian and health-conscious choices. The restaurant features an elegant atmosphere and a knowledgeable and attentive staff managed by new owner Michael Khalatian—a third-generation restaurateur. “I want to ensure that each guest has a memorable…

SOCA

Aaron Robins, Executive Chef/Owner

14015 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks  |  818-301-4300  |  soca-la.com Veteran L.A. restaurateur and executive chef/owner Aaron Robins, alongside general manager/partner Rory Snipes, recently opened SOCA—a globally-inspired steak and seafood restaurant. Chef Aaron, who also owns Boneyard Bistro, runs the kitchen at SOCA (short for “Sherman Oaks, CA”), showcasing numerous cuisines and styles amidst a relaxing, coastal ambience. Aaron was inspired…

Boneyard Bistro

Aaron Robins, Executive Chef/Owner

13539 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks  |  818-906-7427  |  boneyardbistro.com A veteran of the Valley’s culinary scene and a native of Encino, chef/owner Aaron Robins has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. He attended San Diego State University and earned his culinary arts degree from California Culinary Academy. In 2005 he launched Boneyard Bistro, known for its classic BBQ…

Hyperion Public–Studio City

Studio City

(L to R): CCO John Speaks, Executive Chef Paddy Aubrey, CEO Akida Mashaka12969 Ventura Blvd. Studio City  |  818-464-3750  |  HyperionPublic.com Featuring fresh seasonal American food and drinks, Hyperion Public is two spaces in one: a comfortable dining room and a separate lounge and bar with TV screens including an additional “party pit” for special events. Co-founders Akida Mashaka, Paddy…

Te’kila Sherman Oaks

Kevin Zadoyan & Chris Muradyan, Owners

13817 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks  |  818-986-4623  |  tekilashermanoaks.com Te’kila is an upscale-casual Mexican eatery that boasts more than 300 varietals of tequila and mescal and a daily happy hour featuring made-to-order margaritas. Designed by Kris Keith of Spacecraft, the space immerses guests in an authentic Mexican cantina fitted with antique fixtures, handmade furniture and art pieces from local and…