The 'Burbs : You don't have to leave the suburbs to get a good meal.

The Blue Moon, 28743 The Old Road, Valencia. (805) 257-1300. Style: Gourmet central for the outback. Setting: Rick's Cafe. Recommended dishes: Chicken Cordon Blue; Cajun shrimpettes; mud pie. Cost per person: $15-$25.

Dal Rae, 9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera. (213) 723-1061. Style: For those who want a restaurant like it used to be. Setting: Caesar's Palace meets the Kentucky Derby. Recommended dishes: Prime rib; Caesar salad; T-Bone steak. Cost per person: $25-$50.

Reflections, 734 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge. (818) 790-5355. Style: American as apple pie with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Setting: Bright and airy with lots of plants and huge salad bar. Recommended dishes: Grilled pork chops; Southwestern pasta; papaya and berry tart. Cost per person: $10-$25.

Truly Yours, 9725 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. (818) 993-4714. Style: Enormous Continental menu at affordable prices. Setting: '70s time warp. Recommended dishes: Long Island duckling; ceviche; profiteroles. Cost per person: $6-$18.

Woodie's Goodies, 5372 E. 2nd St., Long Beach. (213) 434-9283. Style: Sandwiches for surfers. Setting: Surf City. Recommended dishes: Chili; Bali chicken salad; fries. Cost per person: $5-$10.

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