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Aug 13, 2007 08:57 PM

Persian food-- downtown LA/Boyle Heights

I need to pick up some kabob and rice for 30 people near the Boyle Heights area. I'm thinking the closest bet is downtown LA. I would drive to Glendale, but my time will be very limited. Does anyone have any recs for good Persian food in downtown LA? Thanks. :)

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  1. There's a Middle Eastern place in a strip mall on the SW corner of Soto & 6th that you could check out but, I've never been.

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    1. re: JAB

      Is it Persian? I will see if I can find it. Thanks.

    2. Shekarchi (9th & Hill) Downtown is very good.

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      1. re: russkar

        Thanks. I've read about this place on Chowhound recently, I think.

        1. re: russkar

          The post on Shekarchi is:

          IIRC there is a Persian place in St. Vincent's Court, just east of 7th and Hill:

          I can't remember which name.

          1. re: DiveFan

            Maybe Farid's? I usually order from them weekly, their shish and chicken kabob's are pretty good. Word of warning though, I don't know how expensive those other places are but Farid's is not exactly cheap.

            1. re: DiveFan

              Yes, DiveFan. That's the post that I was referring to. Thank you. Baloney, thanks for the Farid's rec. I've never heard of Farid's.

              1. re: DiveFan

                Farid's may have just opened? It wasn't on the above LACOHD search. There is a discrepancy in the address. Google shows it on Broadway but LACOHD shows it at 634 S. St. Vincent Ct. #A35. I'm sure it's the same place with two entrances :-).

                IIRC the Persian place I went to was take out only e.g. eat at the table outside.

                Just found this link with picture:

                Got to get out and try these downtown places. Many will fall by the wayside due to Mayor Kickback's new ultra high density zoning approval.

                635 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1803

                1. re: DiveFan

                  I don't know how long they've been there as I've started ordering from them just for a few months. I have no idea what the exact address is because I just see their sign in the alley between the two St. Vincent buildings so I wouldn't trust my own self! Just walk down the alley and their sign(white, black letters) is pretty easy to spot.

                  They do have lunch specials which are basically stuff from their regular menu but a few bucks cheaper.

              2. re: russkar

                I can attest, the food here is very nice.

              3. I've been to the Middle Eastern place in the strip mall on the SW corner of Soto & 6th numerous times. It is called Luna Kabob. Personally, the kabobs are just as good as the places in Westwood, and half the price. Plus, I like how the place adapted to the neighborhood tastes - they include a delicious charred Anaheim chile along with the grilled tomato. I have never used him for catering, but he has got an advertisement on the window for his catering services, so I'm sure he could take care of you just fine. Note, it is just a simple, strip mall kind of place, so his menu doesn't have any fancy Persian rices, but I think the rice he has is good.

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                1. re: LL1

                  Thanks for the review. I'll have to give it a try instead of just driving by. Any dishes that you've especially enjoyed?

                  1. re: JAB

                    I've had the beef kabob, the chicken kabob, and the ground chicken kabob at Luna. Same exact kabobs I've had in fancy LA Persian restaurants, as well as grimy downtown kabob joints. Remember, this place is a very basic. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with a basic, clean, well priced, and consistently good place. Every time I've been there, which is not all that often, I have seen the same exact customers. Either they eat there every day, or it is just a strange coincidence that they chose to lunch there once again on the same two or three days out of the year that I chose to eat there. Either way, quite a few people besides me feel the way I do. Also, I have a soft spot for an entrepreneur who is doing a good job, which is what I imagine the man behind the counter is doing. I like to think that he noticed that Boyle Heights was dying for something other than Mexican food. (Not there is anything wrong with the wonderful Mexican offerings in the area, but sometimes a change in cuisine is nice.) And he was very clever to get in now. The neighborhood is gentrifying by the minute.

                    1. re: LL1

                      I went today for lunch based on your rec. and enjoyed it very much. I had the lamb chops. That picture of the lamb chops on the menu board called out to me. $10.99 for 3 lamb chops on top of a bed of rice, salad, grilled chili pepper, grilled tomato and a pita.

                  2. re: LL1

                    Thanks for this. My dad mentioned a place in the jewelry district. Is this the place? He could not remember the name or the exact streets. Since I am buying for so many people, I would like the price to be reasonable but the quality of food to be high. This place might fit the bill. :)

                    1. re: LL1

                      I love these chases :-). The address below is near Soto, two 'long' blocks south of Sixth St. Definitely not in the jewelry district. Just don't want anyone to get lost.

                      Luna Kabob - closed?
                      2324 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

                      1. re: DiveFan

                        Thanks. Coming from downtown, 6th turns into Whittier either at or just before Soto.

                        1. re: DiveFan

                          Luna Kabob sounds perfect. I checked out a map, and it looks like it's in Boyle Heights, which will make it easier for me. Thank you. :)

                          1. re: katkoupai

                            Luna Kabob had posters advertising family / party platters when I went for lunch today. See the review above.

                            1. re: JAB

                              That's exactly what I'm looking for. I hope to check them out today. Thanks. :)

                          2. re: DiveFan

                            To all,
                            Not to 'beat on a dead horse' so to speak, but if you click on the Place link above you will get a small, zoomable Google map; also you can add/update info on this Place in true 'wiki' style.
                            JAB - the map shows that 6th St and Whittier are parallel streets at Soto. You are right, confusingly 6th St splits off of Whittier just east of the L.A. River.
                            Just don't want anyone to get lost.....while chow hunting.
                            You're all welcome.

                            1. re: DiveFan

                              Adding link for Shekarchi:

                              914 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                        2. I used to do business at the downtown jewelry mart and I am still dreaming about the homemade gyro/schwarma & rice & salad plate at the joint in the alley between the St. Vincent Jewelry Marts. And, I haven't had one in 10-15 years. Used to be around $10.

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                          1. re: stackdad

                            I work a few blocks away from Shekarchi. I love it. Especially, the rice with the cherries. Yum

                          2. Hi, everyone. I'm reporting back on Luna Kabob. I had them cater a party for me today. I ordered the family platter that comes with three skewers each of four kinds of kabob (ground beef, filet, chicken and something else), grilled green peppers, grilled tomatos and a tray of rice. Although I did not have any, I am not joking when I say that every last piece of everything was devoured, and we had lots of other great food at this party. Usually there is leftover rice, but today, even the rice was finished. I think everyone really enjoyed it. The total cost after tax was $92 for three trays of food (one tray of rice, one tray of grilled tomatos and peppers, one tray of kabob) and a bag of pita bread. Thank you for this great rec. The best part is Luna Kabob is five minutes from where I needed to be. Thank you very, very much. :)

                            By the way, the owners are Armenian (not Persian), but the food was exactly what I was looking for. :)

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                              1. re: russkar

                                Probably 20 adults plus 10 kids (some being infants). This was a potluck with at least twenty other kinds of delicious food on the table.

                                  1. re: russkar

                                    It would serve 10 people, according to the ad. You can find a picture of this platter at the cash register on small postcard sized ads. JAB mentioned this above. It is also possible to order four kabob combo plates for about $40-50. You will get just as much meat but less rice and so on. I considered doing this, but then thought the trays would be better for the party. :)

                                    Are you thinking of going there? How much is something like this at Shekarchi?

                              2. re: katkoupai

                                Thank you very much for your report on the good quality of the catering at Luna. As I said, I have eaten there for lunch, but I have not used them for catering. I suspected they would be good for large orders, but too much is at risk for me to use an unproven restaurant to cater an event at my work. I appreciate your posting. I will now have confidence to call upon Luna Kabob to cater meetings.

                                1. re: LL1

                                  You're welcome, and thank you for your detailed posts about your experience there above. I would like to go back to Luna Kabob sometime to try their tabouleh and dolmeh. Their sandwiches also looked interesting. :)