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This renowned deli and restaurant carries and serves only traditional and authentic Greek foods and meals. The deli was started 60 years ago and the restaurant was opened by the son of the original owner in the early 1990s. They host weekly Big Fat Greek Thursday Night Dinners for a reasonable price which is almost always sold out. Favorite menu items include tender lamb chops, over-stuffed sandwiches and scrumptious gyros. As if that wasn't enough, C & K Importing also features some of the best pastries from all over Europe. Hence, reservations are recommended.
This maze-like Bavarian bar and restaurant is a find you will not forget. How it got here is beside the point; it has practically become an historic treasure. Sample one of the great German beers and do not forget to try the amazing food. The Bratwurst, in particular, is worth a repeat visit. If you are meeting friends, make sure you know in which room to venture in to for it is quite likely for one to get lost here.
The family-style Carousel in Hollywood features some of the very best Armenian cuisine in the entire city. The selection is diverse and the staff is friendly and attentive. A good indication as to the quality and authenticity of the food is highlighted by the fact that many in the local Armenian community drop in regularly. The menu features a wide variety of appetizers including hummus, tabouli, homemade sausage and other traditional delights. The favorite main course is kebabs, which come in the form of steak, lamb, pork, liver and just about any other meat known to mankind. The wine and imported beer list is also extremely diverse.
Anytime anyone mentions Middle Eastern food, specifically kebabs in Glendale, Raffi’s comes up. This place is a wonderful find. With skewered filet mignon, ground beef, chicken, ground chicken, lamb and even mahi mahi, you can’t go wrong with whatever kebab selection you make. The rice that comes with each dish is fluffy and aromatic. Portions are extraordinarily generous and family-style eating is encouraged. Raffi’s also offers a fair selection of salads, appetizers and desserts. Don’t miss out on ordering some pickled vegetables or hummus. Most of the restaurant seating is alfresco in a courtyard.
The flavors of Ethiopian cuisine come alive in Los Angeles at Meals by Genet. Do try out the beef and chicken prepared with their special spices and Ethiopian butter. The restaurant also offers tofu and vegetable preparations to cater to the vegetarian and vegan palate. The meat and vegetables along with injera is a wonderful blend of sour and spicy flavors. Located on Fairfax Avenue amidst various other Ethiopian restaurants, Meals by Genet stands apart with its delicious food, elegant ambiance and amicable service.
If you are looking for an easygoing Mexican joint in WeHo serving tasty food and affordable drinks, Fiesta Cantina on Santa Monica cannot be beaten for Happy Hour. From 4p till 8p, they offer 2-for-1 drinks from the full bar, a generous selection of beers on tap and plenty of appetizers to take the edge off the work day will likely keep you occupied for a couple of hours. The insides are dim and attractively seedy, evoking a bar somewhere off the beaten path in Ensenada. The patio is always packed and offers primo people-watching, but high rotation generally ensures prompt seating.
Heralded as one of the best dim sum joints in all of California, its easy to see why this Chinese eatery is so popular. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant is tucked away in the Rosemead suburb of Los Angeles County and offers a staggering amount of specialty dishes and delectable dim sum options. Standard pork buns step aside here to make room for more inventive versions with their flaky, sweet, yellow exterior with barbecue pork and steamed spinach on the insides or their famed pineapple pork buns. Rather than ordering off a cart, like most traditional dim sum places, patrons look at the extensive menu (with pictures of course) and circle the correlating number on a piece of paper to be handed to their server. Whether you come for dinner or lunch, prepare yourself for a binge!
Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant is Mexican fast food at its best. It has an extensive menu with burritos, tostadas, tacos and enchiladas. Other items include taquitos, chile rellenos, nachos, tamales, flautas and quesadillas, to name just a few. Also try the seafood plates, like the Camarones al Ajo (shrimp in garlic sauce). This is a fun, festive Mexican place, with many locals claiming it as their favorite. A wide range of wines and cocktails are also on the offer. Visit website for more details.
26 Beach offers a variety of different cuisines for lunch and dinner as well as an enormous breakfast menu. For starters, 26 Beach serves exceptional Nu'Awlins Chicken Gumbo and Coctel de Ceviche. There is an entire menu page dedicated to "Marvelous Main Course Salads," ranging from an Oriental noodle salad to a garlic shrimp Caesar. For dinner, enjoy a N.Y. Strip Steak or Mary's Rack of lamb. 26 Beach is also known for its huge selection of "giant" hamburgers served on freshly baked buns; wheat or brioche. Sit outside on the patio to bask in the California sun and mingle with the locals.