THE Northridge? The one that had a big earthquake? Yes, that Northridge.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the the way, let’s take a look at what else Northridge has to offer beyond tremor-inducing memories. Its rich history marks the area as a tribal village of the Native American Tongvan people. Today, at its epicenter (ooh, sorry), is CalState Northridge aka CSUN, a public university that has graduated Grammy winners and Space Shuttle astronauts. Speaking of space, there’s lots elbow room here in one of L.A.’s lowest population density areas. There’s also lots of of artistic events over at the Valley Performing Arts Center, a 1,700-seat theatre cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.”
GRV LOCAL EATS
FRESH POTATO FACTORY (9420 RESEDA BLVD)
A trendy idea near the trendy CSUN demographic, Fresh Potato Factory is a complete substitution for your meat craving. Yes, this place is vegetarian. The décor is expectedly hip and the burgers don’t taste any less than ones with meat.
BUN ME! (9420 RESEDA BLVD., STE 5)
Once you get past the packed parking, order up a grilled pork sandwich. If you’re new to it, just go with the #1. It’s a commendable fusion of East meets West.
KICKING K’ASIAN (9545 RESEDA BLVD)
If you’ve had LA’s Boiling Crab before, then you’ve had this. IF you haven’t go now. And wear clothes you don’t need. They marinate all types of crustaceans in rich cajun herbs. You put on a bib and dig in with your hands. While most dining experiences are cleaner, this takes eating to a very personal level.
Northridge is one of the commercial hubs of the Valley, in this case, the northern part. Homes run a pretty penny here, but that’s the price you pay for location.
Northridge Academy High (7/10)
Alfred B. Nobel Charter MS (9/10)