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Yahoo! Voices - Alice Griffin

This place is on the corner of Nordhoff and Balboa, across from Target, and has hands down the best ranchero sauce since Don Ricardo's went under. This is an old school style restaurant with dark lighting, deep woods and black and white pictures of Mexican movie stars all over the walls. It has been around since 1981 and is still serving up fantastic food.  >>more

Slammin Sammy K - Rex’s Band Brings Out the Stars

Rex Merriweather’s “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band” has been in residence at Las Hadas Restaurant for several years.  Lately, it has been the place where celebrities come to hear great Jazz music.  Joey Heatherton, Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Tony Dow and James Gandolfini have all stopped by recently.  It is a testament to music and how it brings people of all types together that Jazz draws so many folks to a little restaurant in the valley!

CBS 2 - At Mexican Restaurant In Northridge, Big Band Is Back In A Big Way

Sylvia López Reporting

NORTHRIDGE ( — When most people think of Mexican restaurants, they think salsa, guacamole, tequila…

But at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant in Northridge (9048 Balboa), one must also think of big bands.

Big bands!?!?

Yes, every Tuesday morning between 10:30-12:30, you can hear the big band sound emanating around the popular eatery. Specifically, Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni take over the joint. And, as Sylvia Lopez reports for KCAL9 and CBS2, locals can’t get enough of the act. They rip up the dance floor with non-stop dancing and swinging. >>full report

Los Angeles Times - Old & New In One Cool Cantina

by Maki Becker

THE SCENE: Las Hadas has two separate sections: a restaurant and a large bar that doubles as a sports bar and a dance club. There's an old-style, homey flavor to the joint, with its dark wood booths, adobe-like walls and a multitude of movie stills that adorn the whole restaurant.

THE CROWD: Because of its dual role as restaurant and bar, Las Hadas has a mix of customers. Regular visitor Brad Gilmore says Las Hadas is pretty cool, one of just a few places in Northridge where people can hang out. The restaurant attracts families and couples, and the bar is filled with dance enthusiasts, sports fans and those in search of good margaritas, which are enormous and hard to pass up.

THE WORD: "It's clean and the service is good and everyone here is nice," said Steve Wear, who occasionally stops by Las Hadas for a tall cool one with two of his buds, Gilmore and David (Burly) Kent. >> full article