Van Nuys sits north of U.S. Route 101 and straddles Interstate 405, which runs through the middle of the district's boundaries. It lies north of Sherman Oaks and south of North Hills and Panorama City.
Claim To Fame
Name recognition came to the area when NPR contributor Sandra Tsing Loh published the book A Year in Van Nuys (2002) to critical acclaim. Film buffs might also recognize Van Nuys Blvd. from the cruising scenes in American Graffiti (1973).
Sports and Outdoor Activities
Van Nuys Golf Course, 6550 Odessa Street, (818) 785-8871. This small park boasts an 18-hole, par 3 course for beginners as well as a driving range.
Iceland Ice Skating Center, 14318 Calvert St., (818) 785-2171, . This indoor ice skating rink offers bumper cars, "easy skaters" (or, walkers for new skaters), and three party rooms.
Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool, 14201 Huston St., (818) 783-6721, . The area's public pool tends to be crowded, but clean. With an LA City Library Card, admission is free, as are pull buoys, kick boards, and fins.
Woodley Lakes Golf Course, 6331 Woodley Ave., (818) 780-6886, . Woodley Lakes has tournament-like greens with flat, wide, and forgiving holes that are great for beginners.
CVS 15232 Sherman Way, (818) 374-3480. A large, clean, brightly lit drug store with a wide selection of merchandise.
Doctor Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que, 8136 Sepulveda Blvd., (818) 782-2480,.
El Criollo, 13245 Victory Blvd., (818) 508-0865. Cuban.
El Katracho Honduran. 14838 Burbank Blvd.,. (818) 780-7044.
Kyushu Ramen Japanese. 15355 Sherman Way Ste N., (818) 786-6005. Authentic Japanese food. Open late.
Lido Pizza Casual Italian. 15232 Victory Blvd., (818) 781-2551.
Little Ocha of the Valley Thai. 13647 Victory Blvd., (818) 782-1898.
Lulu's Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., (818) 988-0707, . American Traditional & Sports Bar.
Mercado Buenos Aires, 7540 Sepulveda Blvd., (818) 786-0522. Argentine Steakhouse.
Norm's Restaurant, 13640 Sherman Way, (818) 780-5060, . A diner.
Papa's & Beer, 6740 White Oak Ave,(818) 401-0015. Mexican.
The Sherman Room, 16916 Sherman Way, (818) 881-9363. American & Steaks.
Starbucks, 15355 Sherman Way, (818) 787-0135.
Starbucks, 17272 Saticoy Street, (818) 757-3142.
Valley Ranch Barbeque, 16623 Sherman Way, (818) 989-1301.
Yagumo Sushi, Japanese & Sushi. 14554 Vanowen St, (818) 787-9383.
Van Nuys isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but there are a few local spots that offer a laid-back neighborhood atmosphere as well as live music.
Charlie O's Bar & Grill 13725 Victory Blvd., (818) 989-3110. . Live jazz, blues, and a full bar.
Springbok Bar & Grill 16153 Victory Blvd., (818) 988-9786. . South African food, rugby fans, and international beers on tap.
Ireland's 32 13721 Burbank Blvd., (818) 785-4031, . Irish charm, pub food, and live bands or karaoke.
Travelers should be wary of staying at any "motel" or "motor inn" in the area. Most of the "motels" cater to the many prostitutes found along Sepulveda Boulevard. There are only four legitimate hotels in Van Nuys: