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Here Are 20 San Fernando Valley Restaurants You Have To Visit

LA! LA! Yes, so many places to go, so many places to eat, but people forget about the places outside of LA, like the San Fernando Valley. The San Fernando Valley has so many hidden gems that are well worth the drive. So, if you are trying to escape the busy city lifestyle of Los Angeles and want to try some new restaurants, here are 20 delicious places to try in the valley.

1. Poquito Más

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This small restaurant is the perfect location to get your quick Mexican fix. Although simple their food is fantastic so if you’re looking for some good fast food look no further than Poquito Más.

2. El Cancun Restaurant

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With a four-star rating, this restaurant has the best ceviche tostadas. So if you’re in the mood for some seafood this is probably the place for you.

3. Myke’s Cafe

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If you’re looking for a good brunch location, this is the place in the valley. If you decide to make a visit to this restaurant make sure you try their delicious chilaquiles, but if you have more of a sweet tooth they have plenty of pancake and french toast options.

4. Pico Pica Rico

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This is another place to get your Mexican quick fix! Homemade tortillas, traditional rice, Jamaica, Sopes, huaraches, nopales, and more! And their prices? Ridiculously low. So, what’s not to like?

5. El Tejano

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If you’re looking for a location with some great vibes, look no further. El Tejano is the place for you. This is the place to get some good food and drinks as you watch a game surrounded by some fun people.

6. Salsa & Beer

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Salsa & Beer is one of the more popular restaurants in the valley. This restaurant does not do reservations, so if you are planning a visit with a large party expect to have a longer wait time. However, don’t let the wait time scare you away from this place because the wait is well worth it. Their delicious bean dip and authentic Mexican food will exceed your expectations.

7. Papa Juan’s Baja Grill

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Papa Juan’s Baja Grill has so many taco options and if you are looking for something healthier they even have the option to swap your tortilla for a lettuce wrap. While you’re here don’t forget to pair your meal with their refreshing micheladas, you won’t regret it.

8. Saborcitos Latinos

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Satisfy your cravings with this one. This family owned restaurant has the most delicious handmade tortillas and the restaurant itself feels very homey. Their delicious aguas frescas will leave you sad about the no free refills but the extra cost will be worth the taste.

9. Gracianas Mexican Restaurant

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This small hidden gem is no secret to the locals. Luckily, a majority of their meals come with a soup or salad so you won’t have to miss out on their delicious Caldo de Albondigas when you visit.

10. Te’kila

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You might have heard of this one before. Te’kila is famous for their Taco Tuesdays with their tacos being priced at $1 each.

11. Costa Grande

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Looking for a more casual lunch location? Then Costa Grande is probably the place for you. This restaurant has the reputation for having the best carne asada fries and probably large enough for two, but let’s face it; you won’t want to share.

12. Anejo Cantina and Grill

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Food and entertainment. Anejo Cantina and Grill is a more elegant restaurant and the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a celebratory dinner with some friends and family. If you’re planning a visit here make sure to come down on the weekends when they have live music.

13. Ay Papa Que Rico

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Although a much simpler place, their food is far from that. It’s a neighborhood favorite. From Cuban sandwiches to pupusas this restaurant has many delicious options. Just like the name of this place, on your first taste of their food you’ll be yelling, “Ay papa que rico!”

14. La Corona Bar & Grill

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Do you love salsa and put it on everything? La Corona Bar & Grill’s salsa bar will give you the freedom to get as must salsa as you want. This restaurant has delicious food including spicy aguachiles and large wet burritos.

15. Mi Ranchito Veracruz

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If you’ve ever tried a Veracruz style tamal, then you’ll understand the hype behind this restaurant. The tamal is a perfect balance between masa and filling all wrapped in a banana leaf is not all this restaurant offers.

16. Puchica Guatemalan Bar & Grill

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Live Marimba and a great atmosphere. Not only are their dishes filled with beautiful colors but each dish has such amazing flavors.

17. Mofongos

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This restaurant will have your mouth watering! Obvious by the name, it’s the place to get Mofongos and its rumored to have ridiculously good Mofongos!

18. Las Fuentes

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A very casual place to eat. Las Fuentes is probably best for lunch with the many options they have. With tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, it’ll probably take you a while to choose between all of these great options.

19. Mariscos Camarena Estilo Nayarit

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Here you’ll have the perfect combination of the spicy taste from the aguachiles with the spicy taste of their delicious micheladas. This place is probably best to visit weekends at night because that’s when they have live music.

20. FRIDA Restaurant

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A must visit on Sundays for brunch. From 10:30am to 3:30pm this restaurant has Mariachi and the perfect buffet to meet all of your Mexican cravings. It’s a bit pricier than others but each plate is well worth your buck.

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

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casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

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Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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