I've tried two new places in Granada Hills in the last month: Breadology Bakery and El Incomparable Peruvian.
We've been twice to Breadlogy (http://breadologie.com/?v=7516fd43adaa) on Chatsworth at Encino. The pastries, with several varieties of croissants, are good for this part of the city. They aren't super traditional croissants, but they said that they are scratched baked all during the day (we saw them refilling the case) and they hold up for several days, perhaps because they are baked with a harder shell than one would get in Europe. We have not bought any of the breads yet, but they look quite good and we will sometime in the near future along with trying their sandwiches. This is a welcome addition to the area for us.
As for our visit to El Incomparable (Balboa and Chatsworth), the most positive we could be is "at least we tried it". I ordered a garlic and herbs (Sorry, I forgot the exact name) chicken breast. It was so overcooked that it could not be cut without the plate sliding around on the table and the extremely dry meat was topped with blackened bits of herbs. On the contrary, the "crispy" potatoes aka fries, were barely cooked. There was no crisp on the outside with barely softened inside. These potatoes also acted as the base of the Lomo saltado. The beef topping was tough and served with a sauce where the predominant flavor was soy sauce. On the positive side, we ate less carbs (and we love them) as it was easy to leave the stale bread and potatoes as described. It would have been nice for this to be good as close to home options are always welcome.