El Katracho is the defining taste of Honduras in Sherman Oaks

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Enjoy authentic Russian food with a homemade taste at Eagle in North Hills

I do love the relentlessly eclectic mix of shops found in Valley mini-malls. Consider the intersection that’s home to Eagle Russian-Armenian Cuisine. Within a few steps, there’s a branch of Joe’s Mexican, and a Yum-Yum Donut...

By Merrill Shindler|

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  • Dining

    Looking for a place to eat beyond Ventura Boulevard? Here are 12 Valley favorites

    Some years ago, a wise man referred to Ventura Boulevard as “The Champs-Elysees of the Valley.” And I’m fairly certain he was being only slightly tongue-in-cheek. When it comes to the culinary dynamic of the San Fernando Valley, it can be hard to get away from Ventura. From the gastropubs and sushi bars of Studio City, through the Italian restaurants of Sherman Oaks and Encino, and the eclectic whirlwind of the West Valley, Ventura eats up a lot of edible...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Dining

    Power outage can’t dim dinner at Falafel Bar after customers light the way

    WOODLAND HILLS >> When power went out at the Falafel Bar Tuesday night, plunging the popular Israeli eatery into darkness, owner and chef Ayala Shlomo hardly missed a beat. Shlomo continued deep-frying balls of spiced-up garbanzo bean, dished up moist strips of chicken thigh in warm fluffy pitas, and served up a bevy of diverse salads that her hungry customers have come to love. “What more can I do?” the mild-mannered Shlomo, whose family opened its first...

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches, rodent droppings force closures at 3 San Fernando Valley restaurants

    Three restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between May 7 and May 13, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach and rodent infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches force temporary closures at these 2 Los Angeles restaurants

    Two restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between May 7 and May 13, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections,...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Restaurant operators

    Casa Vega owner says cockroach closure was ‘sign from God’ to renovate restaurant

    SHERMAN OAKS >> The two cockroaches that had scurried from beneath a broken water pipe at Casa Vega and under the eyes of county public health inspectors were but a gift from God. So says the owner of the historic Mexican restaurant of the stars in Sherman Oaks. After a brief pause to kill the bugs before Cinco de Mayo, Casa Vega closed its doors this week for only the second time in 61 years to expedite a major kitchen and dining room...

    Dana Bartholomew
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  • Entertainment

    Authentic Puerto Rican food highlights the menu at Mofongos in North Hollywood

    The options for Puerto Rican food here in Southern California are decidedly thin – always have been. I have a distinct recollection of a Puerto Rican restaurant that used to be near Dodger Stadium called (I think) Tomassa’s where visiting ballplayers would go for a taste of home and to leave a signed glove, bat, ball or jersey. The place was a museum of Puerto Rican baseball history. I also recall another place on Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont called (I think) San Juan...

    Merrill Shindler
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  • Things to do

    California Strawberry Festival among Southern California food events this week

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Marie Callender’s: New “Southern Kitchen” menu includes fried chicken dinner, chicken and barbecue ribs, fried chicken po’boy sandwich and a tri-tip platter. Check website for locations. www.mariecallenders.com Sam’s by the Beach: Winemaker dinner with wines from Lumen Wines, 7 p.m. May...

    Elaine Lehman
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  • Public health

    Casa Vega closed for cockroaches days before Cinco de Mayo

    Three restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between April 30 and May 6, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Public health

    Cockroaches, lack of hot water force closures at these 4 LA restaurants

    Four restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between April 30 and May 6, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations and a lack of hot water, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Food

    Mother’s Day dining on the menu for this week’s food events in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Tam O’Shanter: Four-course wine pairing dinner with wines from Amici Cellars, 6:30 p.m. March 10. Cost $85 plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-664-0228. www.tamoshanter.com Sustainable Wine + Dinner series at the Los Angeles Zoo: “Birds of a Feather” theme...

    Elaine Lehman
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