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    by BLewJay Updated Jan 7, 2013

    Went to visit David and Lynda (Vespa of Sherman Oaks) for dinner, so upon his recommendation, we went to Boneyard Bistro. Great service, nice atmosphere and the food was delicious.

    Favorite Dish: For the appetizers, we all shared the Kobe Beef Chili Filled Donuts (cheddar cheese, mustard, onions and pickles) and the Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos (mango serrano salsa & spicy aioli). For dinner, I had the 16oz. Traditional Oak Grilled Ribeye (with onion rings, grilled asparagus, house made Worchestshire Sauce & sauteed baby bella mushrooms), David ordered the Slow Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs (with baked beans and fries), Lynda had the Hickory Smoked Chicken (with fried mac n’ cheese) while LJ selected the Sage Butter Sautéed Shrimp (with roasted butternut squash & apple farro risotto, toasted pepitas, Grana Padano & wilted kale salad).

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    by VdV Updated Nov 5, 2006

    Anyone looking for a "taste of Portugal" will discover that there is a definite void of Portuguese restaurants in L.A. The one oasis of Portuguese delectables in Los Angeles is the wonderful Natas Pastries.

    Located in Sherman Oaks, tucked away on the ground floor of a two-story mini-mall on the famed Ventura Blvd., Natas Pastries brings Portuguese pastries to the palates of Los Angelenos, and those craving for an authentic taste of Portugal.

    Owner Fatima Marques is from Lisbon, and trained there to perfect the recipes for her pastries, particularly the pasteis de nata.

    The pastries range from about 35 cents (for a single cookie) to about $2.00 for the specialty pastries (good-sized, worth it.) You can also order ahead or place large orders in advance (she asks for at least 48 hours notice for special, large orders.)

    Visit Natas Pastries...you'll be transported to Lisboa, Portugal with every single delicious bite.

    Favorite Dish: The pasteis de nata are the specialty, basically a puff pastry shell with a creme-brulee type of custard filling. Ask Fatima to sprinkle powdered sugar and cinnamon on it, and you will swear you are at back at Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon, enjoying this deliciously unique Lisbon treat.

    She also makes variations of nata, including pasteis de Coco (coconut and lemon), pasteis de feijao (special blend of almonds, beans and caramel drizzled in chocolate.) I loved the morgado, a specialty of southern Portugal, made of almonds and marzipan.

    There are many other pastries available, all of which looked exquisite (and bet are just as delicious as the other pasteis). There are also several savory items, including the famous pasteis de bacalhau (cod cakes), rissois (a mini-empanada filled with shrimb and crab), folhado de salsicha (chicken sausage roll), croquetes (seasoned ground beef and Portuguese chorizo) and spinach/feta rolls.

    Grab a few pastries, sit outside with a cup of tea or coffee and savor your Portuguese treats. Don't forget to go back inside a buy a few to take home to the family or office mates--they'll love you for it.

    Enjoy!

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  • Square Pizza

    by su_jen Written Oct 15, 2004

    Italian hospitality and setting? Our server is so absend-minded though, she kept forgetting the drink, then the bread, etc. Had to keep reminding her!

    Favorite Dish: I had the Lobster Diablo :D It was soooo goood! The best I've ever had - even though the sauce was a little runny, it still tasted good. Should kick it up another notch on the spice hehe Both my friends, on the other hand weren't so happy with the service, we were there on Labor Day, so they probably had a different chef... their complaint the food was bland, but the square pizza was sure good Oh, I love their chicken and barley soup Super duper yummy

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Sherman Oaks Shopping

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    by BLewJay Written Jan 7, 2013

    A family owned, customer friendly store where you feel like you are part of the family. David and Lynda are owners of the #1 Vespa dealer in the U.S., so if you are looking to educate yourself on the joys of riding a scooter (or motorcycle), this is the place to go.

    What to buy: I've actually purchased three vehicles from Vespa of Sherman Oaks...a 2001 Scarabeo 150, 2009 MP3 500 and 2010 Mana 850 GT.

    What to pay: Well, if you are really interested, then I would suggest that you call or visit the store

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