Monday, April 28, 2008

5 great places to eat in Studio City, California...

Firefly restaurant exterior in Studio CityAs we've been living in Burbank for the last two months we've been eating out a lot in Studio City.

So here are a few tasty places to try out in Studio City, from Cal-mex to Argentinian food, budget bites to expensive dining and from breakfast to dinner ideas.


Firefly - 11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

The best restaurant in Studio City by far, but probably one of the most expensive too! This is a cool, trendy place to dine out, from the library themed reception bar to the high ceilings of the main dining area.

One downside I found was that the lighting can be a little dim at times, not great when you're trying to read the menu. But I suppose it creates a romantic ambiance and hides the Hollywood celebrities who want to dine in anonymity.

The seafood was great though, so look forward to dining there again!

Tommy Rays - 12345 Ventura Blvd, Studio City 

UPDATED: 17 OCT 08 - Tommy Rays has now closed!

As well as being the venue for celebrity spotting, as with my Teri Hatcher encounter, Tommy Ray's is a great place to sit outside and drink cocktails. They also seem to have special cocktails du jour and I sampled a gingery pomegranate cosmopolitan concoction was was very nice.

Unfortunately, when I wanted another they had started to run out of the ingredients, so the second attempt tasted nothing like the first drink. They even ran out of orange juice, and it was mid-afternoon, so they still had evening to go, so not so great.

We had a friendly waitress though who laughed along with us and made us feel welcome, but then in my British naivete I always forget that they are also after a good tip at the end of the day - I like to think she was just a nice person. She made our meal more pleasurable anyway.

We ate from the lunch menu and so I only had a chicken sandwich or something, but it was a plentiful portion and more than enough for a Sunday afternoon bite to eat. So I would recommend it for a fun lunch with friends.

Mexicali Cocina Cantina on Ventura Blvd, Studio CityMexicali - 12161 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

I've spoken about this Cal-mex restaurant in a previous blog when we were looking for a place to live in L.A., but it's worth letting you know about it as it's a fun place to eat.

Mexicali attracts a young 30-something crowd and has a sports bar feel (so not where you'd normally find me). The music is quite loud (and a bit schizophrenic - from camp disco to American rock), so it's hard to have a proper conversation, but the OK tex-mex food (although my palate for Mexican style food is not that experienced), fast friendly service and strong margaritas are a plus!

LALA's - 11935 Ventura Blvd, Studio City.LALA's Argentine Grill in Studio City

If you fancy an inexpensive, tasty bite to eat try LALA's Agrentine Grill. Portions sizes are generous, service fast and staff are friendly.

One downside for me is that they don't have a proper spirits liquor license, so instead of a vodka Cosmopolitan I got a 'I can't believe it's not a Cosmo' cocktail, made from some kind of vodka substitute - I wouldn't recommend it!

It's not a place you'd go for fine dining, but if you're hungry it's great.

Aroma Cafe - see my previous blog entry on the joy's of this fab Cafe on Tujunga Avenue, which is a great place for breakfast, but which also serves a lunch and dinner menu all day too. Plus the cakes, muffins and cookies all look pretty amazing too!

Tomorrow, fabulous places to eat in West Hollywood...

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