The Neighborhood

Historical Eats and Treats

Your new home is surrounded by Historical Eateries.

​When you think of Northridge, the first thing that may come to mind is Cal State University, or the Northridge Fashion Center. While these two prominent locations bring the San Fernando Valley suburb top of mind with Angelenos, the neighborhood dates back to the early 1900s. Originally named Zelzah, the area was renamed to North Los Angeles in 1929. After being confused with Los Angeles and North Hollywood, it was recommended in 1938 to officially change the name to Northridge.

While not a lot exists from the early days, the suburb grew exponentially during the 1950s and 1960s. Growth continues to this day in the form of new residential communities, businesses, and shopping opportunities. Some of that mid-20th century history still exists to this day.

Cupid’s Hot Dogs, an iconic walk-up eatery can be found directly across the street from CSUN’s Orange Grove and Duck Pond. A  favorite for decades, neighbors and students have been consuming the iconic chili dogs since 1946, when the chain was founded in North Hollywood. Three locations run by third generation family members still operate to this day, and none more recognizable than the Northridge location. Walk-up, order a dog, grab a bench, and enjoy this piece of Valley history. Order it “Cupids” style… and add shredded cheese if you’d like!

In a unassuming Reseda Boulevard strip mall on the northwest side of the CSUN campus, locals flock to My Hero – a submarine and sandwich shop, which was established in 1962. With its wood paneling and red checkered curtains, you'll feel as if you have stepped back in time when walking through the doors. Try the #1 My Hero Special. This classic sandwich comes with Genoa Salami, Salami Cotto, Bologna, Mortadella, and Provolone Cheese on their signature bread. Six decades of loyal patrons can’t be wrong.

On Parthenia Street, Brent’s Delicatessen opened in the late 1960s and has been serving classic Jewish deli fare to Valley residents for decades, and is a local favorite. The family-owned deli is dedicated to serving guests quality meals, from traditional recipes to premium cuts. While at the Zagat-rated locale, try a chocolate egg cream or their 7-layer chocolate cake! You’ll see their trucks delivering catering orders to businesses all over the Valley!

A Valley favorite since 1956, Van Nuys’ Beeps Diner located at Sherman Way and Woodley is known for their extensive menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites. From the nostalgic sign, to the throw-back feel once inside, you’ll think you step back in time to the days of sock hops and poodle skirts.

Nearby, tucked away in a brand-new airplane hangar at the Van Nuys Airport, the Valley Relics Museum is a must-visit location to soak up San Fernando Valley history.  The museum is a fun, family friendly journey through the area’s past. The one-of-a-kind pop culture museum features neon signs, classic cars, rare documents, yearbooks, restaurant menus, art, western clothing, vintage BMX bicycles, a playable retro arcade and much more. ​


Photos taken from the websites and/or Facebook pages of the businesses mentioned in the article.