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Recommendation on Israeli food restaurant in San Fernando Valley

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helari Nov 16, 2006 06:24 AM

I'm looking for a caterer for a party I'm having over Thanksgiving weekend. I'd like Israeli or Middle Eastern cuisine. The party will be in the San Fernando Valley.

Does anyone have any recommendations of restaurants within driving distance? I'm particularly interested in the Israeli cuisine. Thank you!

Helen

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    compucook Nov 16, 2006 12:05 PM

    We like Carnival on Woodman. It's actually a Lebanese restaurant but many Israeli's frequesnt it and I believe at least two of the waitresses are Israeli. I don't know if they cater, but I do know a friend had a dinner party with appetizers from there. I'm sure others here will weigh in with other suggestions.

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      Jwsel Nov 16, 2006 05:01 PM

      Alcazar in Encino is also Lebanese. I prefer it to Carnival, but both are very good.

      Carnival will at least prepare food to pick-up for a party. My former office used to have food brought in from Carnival for company-wide lunches.

      1. bodie Nov 16, 2006 05:09 PM

        I am not sure if they are Israeli or Lebanese however the folks at Amir's Falafel in Studio City make good food and may be able to cater.

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          JBC Nov 16, 2006 05:29 PM

          If your looking for Glatt Kosher, then you could try Sassi in Encino. Here is a previous CH posting on them:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/75809

          They have a special catering menu (on thier website?) that you may have to go pick-up? Best call them...

          http://www.sassirestaurant.com

          I you need it delivered to you (the "total" catering service) my Labanese friend swears by Wahib's in Alhambra; they will cater anywhere in SoCal:

          http://www.wahibsmiddleeast.com

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            coco puff Nov 16, 2006 07:09 PM

            I had a party catered last year by this greek restaurant on Riverside Dr. in Burbank/Toluca Lake. I can't for the life of me remember the name. And I've been searching the internet.

            Its near Don Cuco's.
            Very reasonable price.
            The owner really took care of me. I ordered Gyros, Chicken Kabob, Hummus, and all the fixings. All my guests loved the food.About $900 for food to feed roughly 110 people.
            The falafel was a little dry, but let him know in advance.

            I'll try looking for the number again. Sorry.

            1. Das Ubergeek Nov 17, 2006 12:52 AM

              How about Aroma Cafe in Tarzana? (You want the one in Tarzana -- there are several Aroma Cafes, none of which are related to the others)

              It's totally the Israeli hangout at the weekend, and their food is quite good.

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                psvidler Nov 17, 2006 01:12 AM

                Tempo in Encino (on Ventura).

                Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks (on Van Nuys).

                California Pita Kitchen (not sure if that's the name) in Woodland Hills in the strip mall with Jerry's and Vons.

                The only somewhat fancy one is Tempo.

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