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Granada Hills is just not a restaurant town, and apparently, I'm not the only one who's come to that conclusion.
It's not a hopeful sign when an entire magazine's restaurant listings don't even allow for the possibility that there might be someplace worth eating in your neighborhood, but that seems to be the position that Valley Magazine has taken. In their recent Restaurant Guide, listings are sectioned off by neighborhood:
Encino/Mission Hills/Tarzana/Valley Glen/Van Nuys
Sherman Oaks/Studio City
North Hollywood/Universal City/Toluca Lake
Agoura Hills/Malibu/Simi Valley/Thousand Oaks/Ventura/Westlake
Notice anything missing?
The magazine that's supposed to be all about the Valley (but is actually little more than a Jane Boeckman vanity project/Galpin Ford advertorial/ plug for The Horseless Carriage) goes all the way out to Santa Clarita and Ventura with its restaurant listings but completely writes Granada Hills off.
Hey, haven't they ever been to Frosty Queen? And our Jack In The Box is pretty good... and then there's Two For One, which ranked first in the Giga Granada Hills "Best Pizza" poll....
Aw, who am I kidding? We're the town that restaurants forgot. We get excited when something new opens in the neighborhood, and then find ourselves disappointed again and again -- with dusty Veggie Delite, with that blink-and-you-missed-it Korean BBQ place, with underwhelming Pampas. We've got A&W BBQ Seafood, they're pretty good, and if you need a place for a beauty pageant or a Bar Mitzvah there's always the Odyssey, but more often than not, when a GranadaHillsian wants a good restaurant experience, they hightail it out of here.
I wrote an email to Jonathan Gold, the L.A. Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, to ask if he's ever come across anything worthwhile in our forgotten backwater, or if he has any theories as to why the restaurant industry as a whole has forsaken us, but he didn't deem my message worthy of reply. I think that pretty much sums things up.