Readers, you are in for a treat! Just around the corner from our JohnHart Northridge office are some divine outdoor dining areas you simply must visit. Careful- mouths have been known to uncontrollably salivate when reading this list. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
- The Stand
This gourmet food spot pledges to deliver the finest food, service, and value, and they do not disappoint. They have a variety of unique hamburgers, fresh lemonades, scrumptious sandwiches like their BBQ brisket sandwich on a pretzel bun, and desserts including floats, vanilla cups, brownies, and shakes!
2. Bar Louie
Revolutionize your dining experience at this top-notch gastro-bar. They don’t play by the rules and encourage you to do the same. Feast on their mouth-watering hot honey chicken sandwich, beer battered fish and chips, sensational flash-fried calamari, and decadent chocolate cake. Party the night away at this bumping bar.
3. Chi-Chi’s Pizza
Originally opened in 1958, this famous Italian restaurant was inspired by the owner Frank Miccolis’ father. Frank chose to honor his father by naming the restaurant after him. It did not take long for the business to franchise and grow in popularity. Frank became known as one of the early pioneers of pizza when he brought this spectacular restaurant to the San Fernando Valley. Now everyone can enjoy their family time and bite into a little piece of heaven.
4. Paragon Bar & Grill
This bar and grill was created to give customers the feel of Hollywood life without the drive. Everything is made fresh, from the handmade cocktails to the food. Their executive chef worked under Wolfgang Puck and has years of experience creating perfect meals for consumers. The delectable foods include crispy calamari and artichokes, meatloaf sandwiches, and even their hangover burrito. Stop on by to experience some genuinely GOOD FOOD.
5. Dog Haus Biergarten
Hot dogs galore! Avocado, chili, crispy onions, bacon, jalapenos, cheese, pineapple- you dream it, they’ll put it on your dog. You will not believe the incredible pairings this place has to offer. Enjoy deliciously toasted Hawaiian roll buns, hormone and antibiotic free meats, and a lot of love baked in. These hot dogs are like nothing you have ever tasted. If the hot dogs don’t reel you in, they have amazing hamburgers, vegetarian options, and fantastic sides. Won’t you try it?
6. Maria’s Italian Kitchen
This family-owned Italian restaurant is a true leader in the industry. They dedicate themselves to the betterment of their community by working with charities and schools. In addition, they actively find ways to help the environment and contribute to its health. For example, they have been recycling since 1975, they use biodegradable cleaning agents, they take measures to reduce water waste, and they never use Styrofoam. This sensational hot spot cares about YOUR health too. They use rice bran oil for cooking, which eliminates trans-fat, lowers serum cholesterol, and provides Vitamin E and antioxidants. Fats and salt are limited in their food preparation and they never use MSG. You will feel great about eating somewhere that is environmentally friendly, health conscious, and that offers absolutely unforgettable food!
7. California Pizza Kitchen
The menu here just keeps on giving! You may find yourself salivating over their Chicken Tequila Fettuccine, Crispy Fish Tacos, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower, and original pizzas. In the mood for a drink? Taste the Tropical Mule or house-made Sangria. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the soft red velvet cake, or scoop up a spoonful of the legendary Salted Caramel Pudding. You’re welcome.
8. Senor Sol
Looking for a family-friendly restaurant with a flair of Mexico? This place is just for you. You will feel like you are on vacation with the amazing décor. Even better than the ambiance? The food. They specialize in creative tostadas, burritos, and even breakfast! They strive to make your experience out of this world.
9. Joyce’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant
This coffee shop and restaurant is a Northridge-Reseda historical landmark. As you walk in, you will feel so comfortable, it’s as if you are coming home. Originally opened in 1955, Joyce’s was established to allow students, regulars, newcomers, and families feel safe and welcome, but their food is what really hooks you. Do you love pie, waffles, omelets, and burgers? They have it all! This adorable dinning spot will leave you begging for more.
10. Buenos Aires Grill
Warning: Deliciously fresh and hot food created here. Foodies beware. Once you start eating, the fun won’t stop! This incredible restaurant also offers special events and catering like weddings, business lunches, and cocktail receptions. Taste the authentic Argentine dishes without the plane ticket.
Now that you have seen what Northridge has to offer, I’m sure your dreams have come true. It is food coma time! Order up everything you have always wanted to try and save the rest for leftovers. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and realizing you still have marvelous munchies for the day. Get your food on.