Great Afghani in LA?
Some of my favorite food from the East is Afghani . Its a mix of the best parts on Persian, Indian, & Chinese/Nepalese (dumplings). Was in Montreal recently and ate at Khyber Pass, one of the better meals in a city of nothing but great meals. Any good options in Los Angeles? I don't see much on the boards.
I would definitely give Azeen's a big thumbs up. My wife and I live in Pasadena and go there pretty frequently (around once every month and a half). As for how it fairs to other Afghani places, I can't say because it's the only Afghani place I've tried. That said, I really enjoy the food there. Many dishes come with a kind of meat sauce, but if you're a veggie person like me, they always say you can order without. My wife's favorite is the Kebob et Mur (sp????). Anyway, it's basically 2 skewers of large cubes of chicken with some great spices. This is accompanied by some super-flavorful rice and some flat bread.
My personal favorite is the challaw kadu. It's basically a large, thick slice of steamed butternut squash, but I think they use cardamom when they steam it.... Man, you talk about flavor!
Lastly, I'm not a big yogurt fan, but a lot of the dishes come with a kind of minty yogurt on top. It really adds to the dishes, so even if you're not into yogurt, I would try it.
It's on Union in Old Town.
I share your sentiments about the "yum" factor of Afghan food.
I haven't been to either of these myself but have heard good things:
Kabob Market (inside the Westminster Mall food court)
2104 Westminister Mall Suite A, Westminister
7321 Reseda Blvd., Reseda
If you get desperate, at least there's a lot of Iranian restaurants in LA. Maybe you could find something similar.
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That's pretty interesting. From what I've read, Afghanistan is a pretty cultural place with many different languages and people. That said, with your reference to Pakistan, there is a GREAT Pakistani place in the middle of Little India. I wish I could remember the name, but if you go down there you're sure to find it (Little India is only a couple of blocks long). Here's a link to one of the Indian places in Little India, for those who don't know where it is. This is NOT the link to the Pakistani place (couldn't find any info on the net for that one).