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Food in the Valley

Hungry? In this time of sheltering in place, restaurants – as well as grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks, farmers markets, convenience stores, and other food businesses — are being considered "essential businesses." This means you don't have to cook – you can get food on a takeout or delivery basis. Order food in – you'll be supporting local restaurants in our community and keeping them from going under in these uncertain times.

Newbury Park:

Azar's Sports Bar features breakfast, appetizers, burgers, steaks, sandwiches, salads plus an extensive assortment of draft and bottled beer, wine, and mixed cocktails. Takeout orders of food, beer, wine and cocktails (the latter with food purchase) available. 2215 Michael Dr., Newbury Park. (805) 498-2365 www.azarsportsbar.com

Try a delicious authentic Mediterranean meal at Baba's Kitchen. All dishes are "from scratch" using fresh exotic flavors and healthful preparation. In addition to the popular kebabs and pita sandwiches, the menu features meat, seafood, and vegetarian entrees, homemade soups, and daily lunch and dinner specials. Takeout available. 2110 Newbury Rd., Suite B, Newbury Park. (805) 480-0324 www.alibabarestaurant.com

Holdren's Steak & Seafood offers a modified dinner menu that includes Center Cut Prime Top Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Baked Sea Bass, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more! Wine and cocktails to go also available. Ten percent of to-go sales will go to staff members "who are not working during these times." Curbside takeout and delivery. 1714-A Newbury Rd., Newbury Park. (805) 498-1314 www.holdrens.com/np

Dine on Cashew Nuts Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, or Szechuan Fish Fillet at Hunan Yuan. Takeout available. 2160 Newbury Rd., Suite E, Newbury Park. (805) 499-9588 www.hunanyuan.com

Mama's Hummus features authentic Mediterranean fare with Kabobs, Shawarma, and Falafel. Takeout available. 779 N. Wendy Dr., Newbury Park. (805) 480-0888 www.mamashummus.com

Saffron Indian Cuisine & Bar is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients. Takeout available. 579 Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park. (805) 499-7115 www.saffronnewburyparkca.com

Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner, at Stella's Gourmet Restaurant you'll find an entree that you will love. The menu includes burgers named for celebrities. Takeout and delivery are available. 2385 Michael Dr., Newbury Park. (805) 498-0989 www.stellasgourmetrestaurant.net

Sandwiches will fill your appetite at The Sandwich Spot! Bread is baked fresh every day and there is a variety of sandwiches that you can customize. Takeout available. 2110 Newbury Rd., Suite C, Newbury Park. (805) 375-3400 www.thesandwichspot.com

Vegan Thyme serves Vegan Thai food, burgers, and wraps, burrito and taco options. Takeout and delivery are available. 2205 Michael Dr., Newbury Park. (805) 716-3088 www.facebook.com/Vegan-Thyme-785922155076410

Thousand Oaks:

Bad Ass Tacos offers street tacos and other Mexican eats, plus a salsa bar. Takeout available. 2951 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 370-8226 www.facebook.com/BadassTacos

At Bandits' Grill & Bar, tender cuts of meat have been smoking over a real oak wood fire since 1989. So if you're looking for a truly authentic flavor, you've found it. Takeout, curbside delivery and third-party delivery available. 589 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7427 www.banditsbbq.com

Bottega Italian Deli is family-owned and offers salads and sandwiches in addition to grocery and frozen-foods sections stocked with pasta, canned foods, flour, bread, milk and take-and-bake lasagnas, eggplant parmigiana and more. Takeout, curbside pickup and third-party delivery available. 3184 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-8733 www.bottegafoods.com

Chocolatine French Cafe is a charming place for quiche, sandwiches and other casual fares, plus espresso and French pastries. Takeout available. Delivery is forthcoming. 2955 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 557-0561 www.facebook.com/805chocolatine

Founded in 2013, Grabbagreen is a quick-service restaurant where great tasting, healthy food meet the speed and convenience of traditional fast food. Grabbagreen's Eat Clean menu is made up of fresh ingredients and 100% whole foods. The menu is based around superfood ingredients and offers a full selection of grain and green-based bowls that can also be made into wraps. The menu also offers fresh-pressed juices, handcrafted smoothies, acai bowls, breakfast, and healthy kid-friendly items. All signature menu items are prepared fresh, made-to-order, and provide a delicious experience. Takeout available. 2835 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 418-5959 www.grabbagreen.com

Roam the streets of India at Himalaya Cuisine. Takeout, contact-free curbside service and third-party delivery available. 720 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 409-1041 www.himalayacuisine.com/thousand-oaks


Kabab Plus is a delicious Mediterranean fusion grill. Try specials like Tuesday Gyro Night or Thursday Fish and Chips Night. Takeout, third-party delivery available. 50 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2, Thousand Oaks. (805) 495-1000 www.kabab-plus.com

La Carreta Salvadorian Restaurant features pupusas, tamales, platenos, and traditional Salvadorean dishes. Takeout available. 75 S. Rancho Rd., Suite B, Thousand Oaks. (805) 494-4624 www.lacarretarestaurant.site

Want a delicious treat? Newberry Candy is a locally owned candy shop known for its caramel apples, toffee, fudge, and seasonal treats. Online orders for flat-rate shipping or local delivery available. Curbside pickup is also available. 3130 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 102, Thousand Oaks. (805) 552-7692 www.newberrycandy.com

You can enjoy pitchers of sangria, wine, and beer as well as delicious pizza at Pitfire Pizza. They also offer "Pitfire Provisions" which includes cook-at-home packages with instructions. Takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery available. 966 S. Westlake Blvd., Suite 3, Thousand Oaks. (805) 409-4181 www.pitfirepizza.com

The Original Pizza Cookery has been serving up delicious pizzas, pasta, salads, and warm homemade garlic cheese bread to happy customers since 1975. Fall in love with warm homemade garlic cheese rolls and enormous serving sizes. Call-in your order for family meals and you will receive a roll of toilet paper. Curbside pickup and third-party deliveries available. 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 887-4770 www.pizzacookery.com

Tranquility Tea Room is a lovely, antique-filled room that features wonderful baked goods, tea sandwiches, and fine teas. Call 24 hours or more in advance to schedule pickup or local delivery of "Tea 2 Go" which includes tea sandwiches, desserts, a scone with jam and cream and optional hot tea. 2527 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 258-7527 www.tranquilitybaking.com

Westlake Village:

Decker Kitchen offers bottles of wine and a limited menu of salads, sandwiches, pizza, entrees, and house-baked bread. Pre-paid orders accepted by phone or email. Curbside pickup or delivery is available. 4661 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village. (818) 735-9577 www.deckerkitchen.com

It is 101 North's philosophy that love can be expressed in food. That's why they use only the highest quality, freshest ingredients. Delivery and curbside pickup. Shoppes At Westlake Village, 30760 Russell Ranch Rd., Suite D, Westlake Village. (805) 852-1588 www.101northeateryandbar.com


Tikka Grill is a simple Californian and Mediterranean eatery providing grilled, locally sourced chicken, steak and fish. Takeout available. 5790 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite D, Westlake Village. (818) 597-0048 www.tikkagrill.com

Burbank:

Olive & Thyme is a cozy, family-owned market and cafe featuring a menu of breakfast-to-dinner eats like the Raw Vegetable Sandwich, Braised Short Rib Sandwich, Avocado & Burrata Toast, as well as coffee and baked goods. Delivery and curbside pickup available. 3821 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank. (818) 557-1560 www.oliveandthyme.com

At Castaway Chef Perry Pollaci's seasonally-inspired, steak-forward menu features interesting cuts of meats from top-notch butchers including Cape Grim, Creekstone Farms and Mishima Wagyu, a raw bar, vegetable-centric sides, and build-it-yourself charcuterie boards. Curbside pickup is available. 1250 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank. (818) 848-6691 www.castawayburbank.com

San Fernando Valley:

Family built from day one, Furn Saj opened its doors in 2013 and has been serving traditional homemade Lebanese food to rave reviews ever since. Their 100% natural food has made them one of the top-rated Mediterranean restaurants in LA. Online orders and takeout available. 11146 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. (818) 368-4000 www.furnsaj.com

For the best in Vegan Vietnamese fare check out Vinh Lo Tofu. They offer delicious dishes, many made with housemade tofu. Takeout available. 18625 Sherman Way #101, Reseda. (818) 996-9779 www.vinhloitofu.com

The Bellwether features market-inspired menu items paired with California produce. Order one-of-a-kind family style shareable dishes, unique infusion based cocktails, and a hand-selected list of beer and wine. Receive 25% off any bottle of wine purchased. All specialty cocktails only $10! Curbside pickup is available. The Bellwether, 13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite A, Studio City. (818) 285-8184 www.thebellwetherla.com

For laid-back Korean BBQ with wings, tacos, burgers, fries, and other fusion dishes check out Corner Grille! Delivery and Takeout are available. 8261 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys. (818) 810-6396 www.cornergrillepc.com

Gasolina Cafe is a breakfast and lunch specialist serving up light Spanish dishes in a cozy, unassuming atmosphere. Online orders, Delivery, and takeout available. 21150 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills. (818) 914-4033 www.gasolinacafe.com

Mantee Cafe is a family-run Lebanese and Armenian-American cafe. The restaurant was named after their signature dish Mantee, an oven-baked artisan-made boat-shaped ravioli filled with seasoned fresh Angus ground meat, served with fresh garlic yogurt sauce, topped with sumac and red pepper powder. Delivery and takeout are available. 10962 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. (818) 761-6565 www.manteecafe.com


PSY Street Kitchen's modern Israeli kitchen specializes in the burger concept along with fresh salads and unique starters all with a twist. Delivery and takeout are available. 15030 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks. (747) 264-0591 www.psystreetkitchen.com

Creme Caramel LA is a hip bakeshop for creme caramel, custard pies, and other desserts, plus savory quiches and gourmet coffee. Takeout and third-party delivery available. 14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks. (818) 949-8352 www.cremecaramella.com

Every sandwich is a work of "Art" at Art's Deli. They are a second-generation family-owned business, serving traditional Jewish deli fare. Most of the menu items have been created from old family recipes dating back to the early 1900s. Takeout curbside pickup and third-party delivery available. 12224 Ventura Blvd. Studio City. (818) 762-1221 www.artsdeli.com

Boneyard Bistro is one of LA's most consistent BBQ restaurants featuring slow-cooked meats, eclectic bistro fare, and a large beer selection. Delivery and takeout are available. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 906-7427 www.boneyardbistro.com

Vintage Wine + Eats is a popular specialty shop that offers classic cafe fare and gourmet cheeses. Delivery and takeout are available. 20% off takeout phone orders! 40% off takeout wine! 12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. (818) 505-0207 www.vintagestudiocity.com

Order your meal as takeout or delivery. You can stay safe and still have delicious cuisine!


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