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Linda Burum and Michelle Huneven

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First Bites

Photo by Anne Fishbein Enlarge image Afghan House 8516 Reseda Blvd., Northridge (818) 709-6233 Since Afghan cuisine, a commingling of Persian, Indian and Pakistani tastes, is such a rarity here, this modest restaurant is definitely worth a visit to Northridge. Prices are unbelievably low, and whoever’s in the kitchen turns......
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AMMO 1155 N. Highland Ave. (323) 871-2666   Ammo has been around for three years as a catering company, a take-away kitchen, a tiny breakfast ’n’ lunch spot. Only recently has it annexed and remodeled an adjacent storefront and opened for dinner. The new dining room has a Zen simplicity,......
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Photo by Anne FishbeinASIATIQUE BISTRO 12321 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818) 761-7696 Given its name, you might assume the food here to be an innovative, East-West fusion. Though the cooking is basically competent, you’ll be disappointed if you expect anything too exotique. Asian ingredients are used sparingly, or not at......
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DOMINICK’S 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood (310) 652-7272 This former landmark steak house has been revived and redesigned for the martini crowd of the late ’90s. Its WASP-y good looks are part yacht, part supper club. Sitting in the patio is like being at a tented event in someone’s swanky......