Food & Drink in Lake Balboa

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Entice appetites with starters such as chicken livers in peri-peri sauce and tomato-onion gravy ($6.99), or more-conventional bite-sizers such as samosas ($7.99) or Hout Bay calamari served with homemade garlic mayonnaise ($7.99). Under the protection of divey décor (plastic fish, Christmas lights, and sports-tuned televisions), mine heaps of heartier fare such as Guinness stew, rich with the dark brew and chunks of filet mignon ladled over a pile of mashed potatoes ($14.99). The South African favorites on Springbok’s menu are “refined, with more attention to detail than the atmosphere would suggest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Rudder hard to starboard and encircle Durban-style curry of the day with sambals and pappadum ($13.99), or a South African sausage sandwich ($8.99).

16153 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys,
CA
US

Harry's Golden Grill defies labels. Its menu covers everything from steak-and-egg breakfasts to shish-kebab plates and pizza. This range of dishes is evidence that Harry's chefs don't cook according to a certain theme; they cook according to their tastes. Throughout the day, a variety of cuisines are explored, as grilled hamburgers fill plates at lunch, and heaping portions of rice, vegetables, and seasoned meats are served up for Mediterranean dinners.

16067 Vanowen St
Van Nuys,
CA
US

A pleasing jumble of bright warm colors welcomes patrons as they enter Salsa and Beer, where the kitchen turns out myriad Mexican favorites. Bean dip and salsa—always complimentary—flow freely with chips, and the chefs integrate housemade red and green sauces into tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. A huge sun painted on the ceiling watches down on patrons as they eat on painted tables, slicing into deep-fried chimichangas or chipotle-chicken flautas. Hues of lime green, pink, and orange occupy the walls and window paintings in the dining room, and a patio in the front is separated from the street by sculpted wooden barriers, whether in the shape of cacti or a wide sun.

6740 White Oak Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Hollywood's Favorite Bakery for Over 30 Years. We Freshly Baked our gourmet treats daily with no added preservatives. Then package them in beautiful baskets, towers, or boxes to share.

16545 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US

Numero Uno Pizza has been cheesing up Chicago–style deep dish and spinning out New York–style pies since 1973. The pizza spot's menu, brimming with eight specialty pizzas ($14.95+ for a medium), travels from the shores of Hawaii with pineapple chunks and canadian bacon to the sands of Santa Fe with smoky barbecue sauce and chicken breast. Pie aficionados orchestrate their own masterpieces from a choice of crusts ($4.95 for a 7” individual) lavished with a selection of 20+ toppings such as feta cheese, pepperoncini peppers, and artichoke hearts ($0.75–$1.95 each). Diners can close the hatch of a genoa-salami-and-cheese submarine ($8.95 for a footlong) and venture into the depths of the ocean, or climb up mountains of triple-chocolate Blackout cake ($4.95) in search of glory and napkins.

16545 Ventura Boulevard
Encino,
CA
US

Sweets lovers who crave Crumb Fairy Bakery's treats no longer have to order a wedding cake for lunch; the bakery now welcomes patrons to its Sugar Nook, which serves a daily selection of baked goods. These include everything from morning pastries to cake pops, mini pies, and cupcakes. In addition to designing custom wedding cakes, Crumb Fairy's bakers craft custom cakes for parties. Past designs have included a teapot, a designer bag, and a leprechaun hat, which was used in an attempt to make a trade with a real leprechaun in exchange for his pot of gold and a slab of corned beef.

16760 Stagg St, Ste 202
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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