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Middle Eastern in Hollywood - Carousel vs. Marouch?

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I've been meaning to get to these two for a while and tonight's the night - but which one?

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Marouch Restaurant
4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

Caroussel Restaurant
5112 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. They're both good -- I used to be faithful to Marouch, because I liked the roast chicken and the room better.
    But now that I've tried Caroussel's fattouch salad and muhammara, I'd have to give it the edge. I think Caroussel is better on the veggies and Marouch on the meat, but it's a pretty tight race. Marouch has beer, Caroussel does not. Marouch sometimes has belly dancers on the weekend, which can make conversation difficult.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I've had beer at Caroussel. It wasn't on the menu, but I asked and they had it. Maybe this has changed, though.

    2. Marouch has a better atmosphere, and might be a bit more expensive to go along with that, but both are equally tasty when it comes to the food.

      1. I agree with DanaB's assessment...food is equally tasty, but Marouch actually has an atmosphere. Caroussel has no corkage fee, which is a nice plus.

        1. Marouch.

          Excellent Mezze, much more relaxed.. no noisy dance hall.

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          1. re: adevejian

            Are you thinking of the Glendale Caroussel? There's nothing noisy at the Hollywood one.

            1. re: Chowpatty

              Oh, I think I am. Thanks for the correction.

              1. re: adevejian

                marouch is good, but rather over-priced IMO....Glendale Caroussel is best (esp lentil soup)..but one on Hollywood has great cabbage salads, feta and grilled kabobs...
                LB

          2. I live for the mezze feast at Marouch - yum!