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Best Tabouli in Westside???

miffy Oct 27, 2007 09:18 PM

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

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  1. Emme RE: miffy Oct 27, 2007 09:53 PM

    Olive Branch at the Bonaventure

    Lebanese Kitchen

    Pita Kitchen


    Pita! Pita!


    Ralph's is pretty darn good too

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      miffy RE: Emme Oct 28, 2007 11:09 PM

      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!

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        Emme RE: miffy Oct 29, 2007 12:11 AM

        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
          miffy RE: Emme Oct 30, 2007 11:17 PM

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

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          daniel7720 RE: miffy Oct 29, 2007 03:13 PM

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

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            miffy RE: daniel7720 Oct 30, 2007 11:18 PM

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

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              naboli RE: miffy Nov 8, 2007 08:15 AM

              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.

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                miffy RE: naboli Nov 11, 2007 09:02 PM

                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)

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                  epop RE: naboli Nov 11, 2007 10:48 PM

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

                  sham's can be okay, btw

        3. hrhboo RE: miffy Oct 27, 2007 09:57 PM

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

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          1. re: hrhboo
            miffy RE: hrhboo Oct 28, 2007 11:11 PM

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

          2. a_and_w RE: miffy Oct 29, 2007 02:00 PM

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

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              miffy RE: a_and_w Oct 30, 2007 11:20 PM

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

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                a_and_w RE: miffy Oct 31, 2007 11:33 AM

                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.

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                  miffy RE: a_and_w Oct 31, 2007 08:43 PM

                  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..

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              claysmc RE: miffy Oct 29, 2007 10:25 PM

              Sorry, but gaby's is not great; in fact it's pretty bad. They are parsley rich though, stems and all...as 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.

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                hrhboo RE: claysmc Oct 29, 2007 10:41 PM

                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!

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                  miffy RE: hrhboo Oct 30, 2007 11:22 PM

                  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
                    Foodandwine RE: miffy Oct 31, 2007 09:59 AM

                    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

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                      miffy RE: Foodandwine Oct 31, 2007 08:43 PM

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

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                        Erik M RE: miffy Nov 1, 2007 06:52 AM

                        I second Foodandwine's Sunnin rec.

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



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                          a_and_w RE: Erik M Nov 1, 2007 09:41 AM

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

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                            miffy RE: a_and_w Nov 7, 2007 06:27 PM

                            oh, I hear about it online all the time!

                          2. re: Erik M
                            miffy RE: Erik M Nov 7, 2007 06:27 PM

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

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                              Erik M RE: miffy Nov 8, 2007 05:38 AM

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


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                          adevejian RE: Foodandwine Nov 11, 2007 11:24 PM

                          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.

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                    epop RE: miffy Nov 12, 2007 01:53 PM

                    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

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