Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Oct 27, 2007 09:18 PM

Best Tabouli in Westside???

In store for purchase, in restaurant, or anything-- just looking for a great fresh parsley rich tabouli!!!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Olive Branch at the Bonaventure

    Lebanese Kitchen

    Pita Kitchen


    Pita! Pita!


    Ralph's is pretty darn good too

    8 Replies
    1. re: Emme

      I have to look them up on a map- I know Zankou and Ralph's.. Ralph's has some but it is never looking too fresh... I have to check out Zankou next time!

      1. re: miffy

        both pita! pita! and lebanese kitchen are in pasadena.... my apologies, not on the westside... nor is carnival nor pita kitchen both in sherman oaks.

        i realized that ralph's and zankou were the only westside options only after i hit "post my reply."

        1. re: Emme

          No apologoies needed~~~ You are always helping others with your comments and any help is always GREAT :)

        2. re: miffy

          Also fair to mention that Whole Foods has decent tabouli in a pinch

          1. re: daniel7720

            I know.. unfortunately they are often out of them completely... I have made few trips just to find out they were completely out

            1. re: miffy

              The Whole Foods on Wilshire at 23rd in Santa Monica always has a ton of tabouli -- both in their buffet AND packaged in their refrigerated section.

              1. re: naboli

                Great! Thanks for the tip- their parking is the toughest but that one seems to have so much more than the rest! (in WLA area)

                1. re: naboli

                  the whole foods' one doesn't qualify as tabbouli. it is a very pale imitation.

                  sham's can be okay, btw

        3. Gaby's. It's one of the few things they do very well.

          1 Reply
          1. re: hrhboo

            Gaby's! That's a great suggestion ;) I will check it out~

          2. Check out Sham. I also like Shamshiri's but it doesn't taste quite as fresh to me.

            3 Replies
            1. re: a_and_w

              Sham? Are they both on Westwood blvd? Do you know of any store/markets (those middle eastern markets) sell any?

              1. re: miffy

                Sham is in Santa Monica on Santa Monica Blvd at 7th. Haven't yet found any great middle eastern markets in SM/WLA. I think the Kosher Market on Santa Monica and Colby makes their own, but I haven't tried it and can't recall for sure.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Thank you a and w for checking back in~ I think now I know what you are talking about - the place Sham- near the Thai place I guess..

            2. Sorry, but gaby's is not great; in fact it's pretty bad. They are parsley rich though, stems and I recall there was not enough of the cracked wheat, which should balance out the parsley and real tabouli would have mint and diced tomatoes, they didn't have the former and I don't think any or very little of the latter.

              10 Replies
              1. re: claysmc

                Gaby's tabbouli is very authentic, with just enough mint and tomato. Tabbouli is supposed to be parsley-rich with a small amount of bulgur, though I understand that it is not to your liking. There are many variations, but Gaby's is about as traditional as it gets. Wish I could say the same about the rest of their menu items!

                1. re: hrhboo

                  Thank you for the great comments- I have to agree with you hrhboo that parsley rich ones are traditional - it is hard to find the fresh ones that are actually green (parsley) not those that started to turn yellowish from being in lemon juice for few days...

                  1. re: miffy

                    Sunnin on Westwood Blvd has a nice tabouli.. and the Hummus is served with a Green Olive Oil.. They also have a large mezze plate for 2 or more to share. It has many offerings..

                    Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
                    1779 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                    1. re: Foodandwine

                      oh great! Sunnin always get great review so I have been meaning to try too ;)

                      1. re: miffy

                        I second Foodandwine's Sunnin rec.

                        Here are some pictures of the food, including the tabouleh:



                        1. re: Erik M

                          I really think the beef shawarma sandwich is the way to go at Sunin.

                          1. re: a_and_w

                            oh, I hear about it online all the time!

                          2. re: Erik M

                            WOW- I just saw the picture-- that is a HUGE portion!

                            1. re: miffy

                              Yeah, and that's the "small" size. LOL!!


                        2. re: Foodandwine

                          I love Sunnin as it is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Specifically, the Hummous, Fattoush, Fried Cauliflower, Foul, Lebne, & Rekakat.

                          Yet, although Sunnin's is good, I think Skaf's Grill is the best I've had for tabouleh in Los Angeles.

                  2. i've been thinking about it: better than sunnin's and sham's on the w. side, at times, has been the tabouli at gypsy cafe, oddly enough.

                    i make it at home, usually