Wood and Water is a modern, American restaurant on Ventura Blvd., and while it’s a solid place to meet co-worker for some drinks after work, the food is a bit underwhelming. The crispy lobster sliders are a highlight, but when coupled with deep-fried duck egg rolls, mushroom ravioli, and short rib wellington, you’re breathing starts to morph into a slow wheeze. We want to feel like we’re eating dinner at a restaurant, not at a VIP buffet inside a basketball arena.
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Anajak is a neighborhood Thai spot in Sherman Oaks with a seasonal menu that’s worth driving in rush hour to eat.
Carnival is a solid Lebanese restaurant in Sherman Oaks where the people-watching is the main event.
Augustine Wine Bar
Augustine in Sherman Oaks is the kind of wine bar that makes other wine bars look like they're phoning it in.
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Spartina, a casual Italian restaurant on Melrose, is one of West Hollywood’s better backup restaurants.
Brewco Manhattan Beach
BrewCo is as good of a neighborhood beer bar/casual restaurant as you’ll probably ever find.
The Country Kitchen
The Country Kitchen is the ideal place for a post-surf breakfast burrito in Malibu.
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Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
Petit Trois Sherman Oaks
For their second location in Sherman Oaks, Petit Trois has gotten bigger in every way, with a large dining room, an expanded menu, and breakfast.
The Blue Dog Beer Tavern
Blue Dog is one of our favorite neighborhood drinking spots in the Valley.
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