Los Angeles Times


The San Fernando Valley is a vast expanse — 34 neighborhoods, about 225 square miles, home to over a million and a half people — and those of us who live there or spend a lot of time there do get hungry. Contrary to what some folks might have you believe, there’s a lot of terrific food between Canoga Park and Studio City. Here are 24 places to eat very, very well.

Jinya Ramen Bar: This ramen-ya was part of the ramen renaissance that thankfully happened in L.A. a few years ago. There are bowls of tonkotsu ramen with black garlic like an oil spill, spicy miso and crispy Brussels sprouts; spicy vegan ramen; and wonton chicken ramen. If ramen isn’t your thing (really?), there are rice bowls, gyoza, curry rice, chashu-stuffed buns — even salmon poke tacos. They also have takoyaki, which are addictive fried octopus balls topped with Kewpie mayonnaise. 11239 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 980-3977;



Authentic ramen and a great investment can be hard to find.
But at JINYA Ramen Bar, we have both.

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