The Find(s): Red Chili and Red Chili Express in Northridge
How many restaurants can boast an alter ego? Red Chili can. The Pakistani restaurant in a strip mall in Northridge serves dishes such as chicken tikka and saag paneer, but with a Pakistani twists.
At the opposite end of the same mini-mall, there's Red Chili Express. In place of curries and kebabs at this stylishly converted doughnut shop are sandwiches that almost seem lifted from menus of the hippest of gastropubs: a chicken tikka burger -- above -- topped with pepper jack cheese or mango barbecue sauce; a wasabi steak melt; a veggie melt with chipotle coleslaw. There are buffalo wings and a couple of teriyaki bowls too.
Photo credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times