Reseda and Devonshire: Fish & Chips, Cheap Chinese Food + Late Night Sushi
Los Angeles is a big city, with endless strip mall dining options. So far, we've covered mega-sites like the nine stop strip mall on Vine in Hollywood, and a small Marina del Rey mall with big, saucy meatballs, but the city extends far beyond those borders. This week offers a glimpse of a low slung strip mall, just off the main drag (if such a thing exists) in Northridge, deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.
Golden Hunan Chinese Restaurant
Farley Elliott Spicy Beef at Golden Hunan
With more than thirty years in the game, Golden Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Northridge should probably apply for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The cavernous Chinese food spot has been running delivery orders and hosting dinners with every octogenarian in a five-mile radius since day one, and that's exactly what to expect from them now. Lunch specials are as cheap and ample as ever, with most hovering right around $6.95, including complimentary won tons, a side salad and some hot & spicy or sweet & sour soup. Don't expect the wok-fired dishes to have you booking a flight to Guangzhou any time soon, but for slippery lunch fare or an early bird dinner, Golden Hunan is always a safe bet. Just ask the neighbors, who have been sinking into the teal and pink booths for more than three decades. Golden Hunan Chinese Restaurant opens daily at 11:30 a.m., and closes at 9:30 p.m. on weeknights, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sundays. They also happily take credit cards. 10334 Reseda Blvd., Northridge; 818-363-5511
Musado Sushi Roll & Sake
If you feel the need to work up a little sweat before your next sushi lunch, Musado Sushi Roll might be the spot for you. That's because the man behind the sushi bar, Master Ma, also owns the Taekwondo studio next door, and he's not afraid to let you know as much. It's also the reason Musado Sushi doesn't open until 7 p.m., when the school has closed up for the night. At least they stay open until midnight, with a beer and wine license to keep you happy until the open sign clicks off.
The sushi itself comes large and thick, which (depending on your preferences) is either a great value or a sign of questionable quality. Still, if you're fine with eating strips of pollack from Northridge Fish & Chips next door, you shouldn't have any reservations about the sliced stuff here. All you have to do to ensure yourself a good time at Musado is sit back in your tiny wood-lined booth, sip on a cheap bottle of beer and order up a big plate of heavy, sticky, satisfying sushi. Musado Sushi is open daily from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., and accepts credit cards. 10328 Reseda Blvd., Northridge; 818-212-8212.
10334 Reseda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA