The Carving Board: Spaghetti Sandwiches & Cotton Candy

When researching a place to eat after hiking to the MASH site in Malibu I found The Chopping Board and was immediately hooked when I saw the crazy spaghetti sandwich they had. So after the hike my friend and I made our way to this small shop in Tarzana to see what all the fuss was about. Spoiler: This is a fantastic lunch place that you should add to your radar.

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  • Cost: $10 – $15
  • Hours: Mon- Sat: 10:30AM – 9PM, Sun: 11AM – 5PM
  • Location: 18607 Ventura Blvd #100, Tarzana, CA 91356
  • Parking: Street parking available but it is limited

The Restaurant

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From the outside The Carving Board is easy to miss as it blends into all the other businesses that share the building. The restaurant itself has a very clean interior with metal and wood tones and small plants on the table.

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It is an order at the counter type place which I like. The workers were more than happy to make recommendations for us on what to get, but I was already set on the spaghetti sandwich so I went with that and my friend went with the Bentley. They also have fresh home-made lemonade and strawberry lemonade here as well as many different tea options.

The Food

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Spaghetti Sandwich – The spaghetti sandwich has perfectly cooked noodles that have a slight crunch when you eat them but hold together well as the bun of the sandwich.

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The inside is full of thinly sliced meatballs, marinara sauce and cheese. It also has marinara sauce to dip the sandwich in. It literally tastes like hand-held spaghetti and it is fantastic.


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The Bentley – The Bently has medium grilled filet mignon that has a great flavor and is seasoned well. The blue cheese, bacon mayo and grilled onions round out the flavor, with a little spinach to add a crunch. It’s one of those sandwiches that you taste and it just feels like it all works together. This is the most popular sandwich here and it is easy to see why.

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For sides they have a few different options but we went with the kale pasta salad and the home-made chips. The pasta salad is fantastic with a strong garlic flavor. The chips didn’t have a lot of flavor though so I would recommend a different side.


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One of the fun things about this place is that they have cotton candy as a dessert option. It comes in the flavor of the day, which for us was orange pineapple and it was a massive amount. I never realized this before, but cotton candy is a great way to end a meal, super light but still sugary.

Honestly, this is one of the best lunch spots I have been to in a while. Everything was fresh and full of flavor. I wish there was one closer to me, but I can see myself craving it on road trips in the future. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments if you go.

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