Best Fattoush, August 2012

Lebanese and Armenian restaurants are packed into East Hollywood like rice in a dolma. 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. Here it’s all in the details: the supersmall dice of cucumbers and tomatoes; the minty, lemony zing of the dressing that coats them; and the pleasing crunch of buttery pita chips. The real star is purslane, a sour, leafy green that’s as essential to this dish as sumac and rare in these parts. » 5112 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood. Also at 304 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.