You won’t find his chimp Cheeta here, but it’s an actual fact that Tarzana was named after the storybook jungle man, Tarzan. The affluent neighborhood was once a ranch owned by said book’s author, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Although, kids from the high ranking Portola Middle School are more likely to know that their neighborhood boasts the likes of Selena Gomez and Blake Lively, while their parents continue to shield the young ‘uns eyes from local boy Paul Thomas Anderson’s films.
If you love the nightlife, then take note of Paladino’s Concert Venue, which continues to rock the valley, with live bands, Latin Sundays, and yes, karaoke. Tarzana’s also a great place to grab some authentic Indian food at Agra Tandoori or Asha’s. Don’t worry, you can always work it off by hitting the bag at Tarzana Boxing.
GRV LOCAL EATS
TEL AVIV GRILL (19014 VENTURA BLVD.)
Fast, delicious, and Kosher. Their specialty is their falafel, and it will have you salivating. The staff is fun and friendly. You won’t regret trying these creatively delicious entrées.
THE CARVING BOARD (18607 VENTURA BLVD.)
This hip cafe is all the rage. Fun, creative, and delicious meals served on a carving board (just like the name!). Next time you’re in the mood for a trendy meal out, be sure to stop by.
ASHA INDIAN RESTAURANT (18608 ½ VENTURA BLVD.)
Enjoy authentic Indian food with some surprisingly classy aesthetics. These meals are crafted to perfection with bold and unique flavors. You’ll be planning your next trip the moment you step out the door.
Tarzana puts you in the center of it all – but for just a tad bit less. You’ll get the vibes of Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, and Encino too.
Nestle Avenue Charter School HS (7/10)
Gaspar De Portola MS (8/10)
Tarzana ES (4/10)