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Attari Sandwich Shop

1388 Westwood Blvd # 103, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

(310) 441-5488

Come here for Persian sandwiches made with sausages (sosis bandari), minced meat kabobs (koobideh), lamb’s brain, and beef tongue, accompanied by chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and sour pickles.

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Bibi’s Warmstone Bakery

8928 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035

310-246-1788

Freshly baked goods emerge routinely from a rustic stone oven and perfume this tiny dining room…

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Carousel

5112 Hollywood Blvd # 107, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

(323) 660-8060

Only at the original Carousel will you find such an authentic take on this Middle Eastern salad—a mélange of snappy vegetables and fried pita bread.

Website: https://carouselrestaurant.com

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Carousel

304 N. Brand Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91203

818-246-7775

Conjure a big fat Mediterranean luau set in an exquisite Persian dining room…

Website: http://carouselrestaurant.com

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Falafel Arax

5101 Santa Monica Blvd # 2, Los Angeles, CA, 90029

(323) 663-9687

The unsung gem at this wee spot is the hummus, which the owners will describe only as a blend of garbanzos and olive oil. Unlike the bland, gummy, or overly acidic versions found in tubs at your grocer, this one—creamy, with a sprinkle of ground red pepper—has a devilishly satisfying finish.

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Mini Kabob

313 1/2 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA, 91204

(818) 244-1343

Three tables, a tiny kitchen, and gargantuan helpings make this Armenian favorite feel like someone’s home—one that has pork, chicken, and beef kabobs on the grill. An order of succulent meat, well charred, includes hummus, whipped garlic sauce, vegetables, rice, and flaky lavash.

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Moon Mart Kabab

400 S Glendale Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91205

818-241-2314

This dish could be devoured beside a caravansary campfire; in reality you’re sitting beneath an awning in Glendale, drinking hot tea.

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Shamshiri Grill

1712 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-474-1410

From the complimentary warm pita with fresh mint, radishes, and onion to the massive beef shawarma platter…

Website: http://samshiri.com

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Skaf’s Grill

6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91606

818-985-5701

Succulent shish kebab (two skewers of rib eye) is a meaty value at this tiny Lebanese standout, and the fattoush salad…

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Ta-eem Grill

7422 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-944-0013

Tender strips of chicken shawarma are sliced from a spit on full display in the front window. Juicy beef-and-lamb kabobs shaped like hamburger patties arrive with garlic-chile sauce. Service is fast and friendly at this kosher Israeli hang, but taste isn’t sacrificed for efficiency.

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Zankou Chicken

5065 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-665-7842

Angelenos’ love affair with this Armenian chain goes back decades, and the original Hollywood location…

Website: http://zankouchicken.com

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