Frugal Find: Fanoos Grill


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Flame-licked kabobs ooze fragrant juices at this café, where well-made Persian classics are the draw. Brothers Omid and Amir Amini do the cooking, but the recipes come from Mom. Mounds of basmati rice accompany slow-simmered lamb shanks and gheimeh bademjan, a tomatoey stew of braised eggplant. At lunch the grilled lamb chops are a deal at $10.95, while the kabobs swaddled in paper-thin lavash score every time. » 25336 Crenshaw Blvd., 310-530-4316.