By Abby Ramirez
As the number of available ICU beds in Los Angeles County hospitals decreases due to further spreading of COVID-19, the county’s Department of Health announced that limiting potential crowding is necessary to regain control over the rising number of cases. As a result, restaurants around the city were forced to close both indoor and outdoor dining for three weeks.
Restaurants are still permitted, however, to resume pick-up and delivery services. Many of these restaurants are still struggling from previous Stay-at-Home orders as well as extra measures to keep patrons safe and therefore need more business.
Although you can no longer eat at your favorite restaurants, there are still many ways you can support local businesses and enjoy their food. To enhance your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, consider bringing your take-out order to a local park and have a picnic with your family. If you miss your friends, consider tailgating with them and enjoying your food six feet apart in your own cars. If eating at home is most comfortable for you, planning an outdoor dinner in your backyard with candles and decorations is a great way to make the best of this situation.
Although we all crave the normalcy that comes with dining at restaurants, we must learn to adapt yet again. Restaurant owners and workers strive to give us the best food and experience possible and now we need to give back and help them.
Here are some local restaurants and coffee shops that can use your support in these trying times:
My Hero Submarine Sandwich Shoppe
My Hero Submarine Sandwich Shoppe is a locally owned and operated restaurant that serves a great variety of sub sandwiches, deli meats, and chips. Some of their most popular dishes include their My Hero Special, Roast Beef, and Pastrami Sandwiches. They also serve platters and cheesecake.
Operating hours: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Address: 9514 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91326
Joe’s Cafe has proven to be one of GHCHS students’ favorite local restaurants. Located only a short walk away from campus, this restaurant offers many different breakfast and lunch options. Some of their most popular dishes include their Stuffed French Toast, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pork Belly Eggs Benedict, or my personal favorite, the Waffle.
Operating hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Address: 17823 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344
Rosie’s BBQ and Grillery
Rosie’s BBQ and Grillery serves their customers top notch barbecue meats with a plethora of sides to choose from. For smaller meals, customers can order sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and salads. If you’re ordering for a larger group, they offer many delicious entrees a la carte, including baby back ribs, chicken breast, and tri tip roasts. If you’re thinking about ordering sides, I highly suggest their fries, Rosie’s famous shreddies, creamy coleslaw, and BBQ baked beans.
Operating hours: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Address: 8930 Corbin Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
Brent’s Deli serves its customers amazing meals based in family values and love. From its all day breakfast menu to its legendary sandwiches, this restaurant never disappoints. Some of the most popular dishes include their Black Pastrami Reuben, Matzo Ball Soup, and Turkey Club Sandwiches. Many of the items also come with the choice of amazing pickles and fries. If you have more of a sweet tooth, they have an assortment of cakes and cookies that you can choose from.
Operating hours: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Address: 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge, CA 91324
Las Fuentes is a popular restaurant that serves fresh Mexican food to its customers. Some of their most popular dishes include their Carne Asada Burrito, Carne Asada Plate, Wet Burrito, and Pollo con Rajas Burrito.
Operating hours: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Address: 18415 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335
Les Sisters’ Southern Kitchen and BBQ
Les Sisters serves amazing New Orleans style barbeque and Southern style cooking. From ribs to jambalaya to gumbo, this restaurant can really pack a punch. Their sides are just as amazing; I recommend their mac and cheese and collard greens. They also serve sandwiches and poboys if you are looking for a smaller meal.
Operating hours: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday), 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Sunday), closed Monday
Address: 21818 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
This local restaurant serves great pizzas, salads, and pastas to its customers. They also serve chicken and combination platters that put two different types of their pastas onto one plate, such as their Ravioli and Spaghetti platter. In terms of pizza, you can customize your own or order from their own specials. To finish it off with dessert, this restaurant offers tasty confections such as tiramisu, cheesecake, and gelato.
Operating hours: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Address: 9080 Tampa Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
King’s Burgers and Got Sushi
King’s Burgers and Got Sushi is a joint restaurant that offers its customers Japanese cuisine, as well as all of your American diner food favorites. It is great for meals where you can’t figure out exactly what you want to eat because you can get the best of both worlds in one order. Some of their popular dishes include the King’s Special Roll, California Roll, and Breakfast Burrito. They also have a variation of teriyaki bolls, salads, burgers, and sandwiches to choose from.
Operating hours: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Address: 9345 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Hot Wok Cafe
Hot Wok Cafe is a local Chinese restaurant that is currently serving takeout and delivery. They offer a large variety of Sichuan food, including a plethora of seafood, beef, and noodle dishes. Hok Wok Cafe also serves many different types of noodle entrees and soups, including their popular War Wonton Soup. Some of their other popular dishes include their honey glazed walnut shrimp, seafood hot and sour soup, steak fried rice, and my dad’s personal favorite, shrimp with lobster sauce.
Operating hours: 12:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday), 3:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Monday)
Address: 9135 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Waffle Love is a restaurant that specializes in making different variations of their homemade waffles. From savory items like their Chicken and Waffles, to sweeter options such as the Red Wonder, this unique spot has never failed to disappoint. Some of their other popular waffles include their Grilled Cheese Waffle with Tomato Soup, the Churro Waffle, and the Cinna Love Waffle. They also serve different fountain drinks, apple juice, chocolate milk, water, and coffee.
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), Closed on Sundays
Address: 9411 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Sweet Snow is a small dessert shop that serves different variations of shaved ice, toppings, along with other sweet desserts. Customers can choose from a variety of base flavors, such as the original, strawberry, taro, or green tea flavors, and add any toppings for 60 cents each, as well as a drizzle for free. If you can’t decide, they also have a plethora of combos to choose from. Some of the other desserts that they offer include macarons, halo halo, and mais con hielo.
Operating hours: 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 2:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (Friday-Sunday)
Address: 9420 Reseda Blvd #7, Northridge, CA 91324
House Roots Coffee
House Roots Coffee is a locally owned coffee shop that serves a variety of coffee and tea beverages that top other popular coffee chains. Their lattes and cold brew teas offer a unique break from your everyday cup and make for a special and fun experience. Some of their most popular drinks include their Sweet Latte, Salted Butterscotch Latte, Americano, Chai Latte, and Matcha Latte. They also offer almond and oat milk as dairy substitutes. If you’re hungry, they have many baked goods available, and even quiches and acai bowls. They also just announced a new holiday menu, including a Peppermint Mocha Latte, Orange Truffle Latte, and Nutcracker Latte.
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Address: 16155 San Fernando Mission Blvd #3832, Granada Hills, CA 91344
R Coffee House
R Coffee House is another GHCHS student favorite breakfast/brunch restaurant only a short walk away from campus. They offer a variety of breakfast foods, such as avocado toast, crepes, and waffles, as well as savory items like grilled cheeses, wraps, and chicken sandwiches for lunch. If you’re thirsty, they have a great variety of coffee/espresso options, as well as tea and tea lattes. Some of their most popular dishes include their Avocado Toast, French Toast Plate, Breakfast Crepe, and Chicken Pesto Sandwich.
Granada Hills location: 17808 Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Thursday-Sunday), Closed Monday-Wednesday
Northridge Location: 9255 Reseda Blvd Unit B, Northridge, CA 91344
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Softcream Cafe is an Armenian-owned soft serve ice cream shop that also serves coffee/espresso beverages, juice, pastries, smoothies, and paninis. Some of their unique soft serve flavors include taro, matcha, thai tea, and black sesame.
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday), 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Saturday), Closed Sunday
Address: 9717 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Bon Bon Tea House
Bon Bon Tea House is one of the most popular boba shops in the Granada area. Their menu allows their customers to choose from a large variety of fresh teas, milk teas, slushes, smoothies, and milks. Some add ons that customers can add to their drinks include honey boba, egg pudding, lychee jelly, and more. They also have an assortment or yogurt and coffee drinks. Some of their most popular flavors include their Wintermelon Green Milk Tea, Taro Milk Smoothie/Slush, Potted Plant Milk Tea, and Classic Milk Tea.
Operating hours: 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)
Address: 9663 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324