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Middle Eastern Restaurant Delivery, 30-40 people?

chowkitten Dec 5, 2007 02:51 PM

My work is having an event on a saturday night in early january, and we are lookign for low-budget, yummy food. Normally we would get trays of salad, appetizers, falafel, shawarma etc. from Haifa, which is in our neighbourhood (Pico-Robertson), but it is a Saturday night and they won't open in time to do it. Any suggestions for casual middle-eastern places that might be comparable? The ones I was seeing seemed too upscale.


  1. Chowpatty Dec 5, 2007 02:58 PM

    Carnival in Van Nuys will deliver for that many people, usually. I recently called them for a work event for the same number of people, although we haven't tried it yet.

    Carnival Restaurant
    4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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    1. re: Chowpatty
      Diana Dec 6, 2007 06:42 AM

      Second Carnival, if they'll deliver out there.

    2. Ciao Bob Dec 5, 2007 03:05 PM

      Crazy name -- Burger Continental in Pasadena delivers big office lunches to me in Santa Monica. They are quite reasonable and tasty, the whole staff loves it. We always get a middle eastern spread from them.

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      1. re: Ciao Bob
        Joe Dec 6, 2007 06:17 AM

        I think one can do much better then BG. For Middle Eastern standards, they would be graded very low in quality, flavor and authenticity. As mentioned above, check out Carnival in Sherman Oaks, which has very good food or Marouch in Hollywood.

      2. foodseeker Dec 5, 2007 03:45 PM

        Sunnin on Westwood. I'm not sure if they'll deliver, but you can definitely have them prepare for an order of that size. And they have wonderful middle eastern/lebanese food that sounds like exactly what you are looking for. . . also, not too pricey.

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        1. re: foodseeker
          westsidegal Dec 6, 2007 07:45 AM

          imho, shamshiri grill on westwood blvd, has far superior food to sunnin.
          they certainly would be able to accomodate the chowkitten's party.

          1. re: westsidegal
            Joe Dec 6, 2007 07:53 AM

            I think what people might realize is that there is a difference inmiddle-eastern foods, depending on the country of origin. For instance, Shamshiri is a Persian food establishment, which is very different then let's say a Lebanese, Israeli (Haifa, which I believe is Israeli based), Western Armenian (Syria/Lebanon) and Eastern Armenian (Armenia/Russia). They all have the same base but with very different and distinct flavors and sides.

            1. re: Joe
              westsidegal Dec 6, 2007 12:31 PM

              to me, microwaving precooked falafal balls, as sunnin does, is a no no at all times.

            2. re: westsidegal
              hrhboo Dec 6, 2007 10:09 AM

              Apples and oranges. Sunnin and Shamshiri offer two distinctly different cuisines.

          2. ElsieDee Dec 5, 2007 11:11 PM

            Milano's Deli in Pasadena (not sure if they deliver that far, but worth asking - they're an enthusiastic couple and would love the business, and their prices are REALLY reasonable) is excellent:

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              chowkitten Dec 6, 2007 08:32 AM

              thanks folks - i will report back on the party and who we go with. I am leaning to sunnin bc i like lebanese food so much :)

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              1. re: chowkitten
                Chowpatty Dec 6, 2007 10:42 AM

                Please let us know if they deliver. So far, Carnival is the only one I have heard of that delivers and I really need to order for the same number of people!

                1. re: Chowpatty
                  chowkitten Dec 6, 2007 10:46 AM

                  they don't! I just got off the phone with Carnival. I am thinking of going there for lunch this weekend to test it out before I make my order.

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                blueshoes Dec 6, 2007 11:24 AM

                Wahib in the San Gabriel Valley. Delicious, great food and very reasonable. They did deliver (on time) to me on the westside for a party of 50. Definitely worth giving them a call.

                1. yummyinmytummy Dec 6, 2007 03:06 PM

                  Not far north of you is Sofis....now I am getting into Greek vs Israel vs Persian etc etc...I can tell you that their food is wonderful and for an order that size they may deliver, if they dont they are closer to you then westwood.

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                    chowkitten Feb 21, 2008 12:27 PM

                    BTW, We ordered from Carnival in the end and it was delicious, cheap and on time!

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                      ldodb Feb 22, 2008 06:02 PM

                      Skaf's is about the same distance or maybe just a bit further and I know they deliver. Awesome middle eastern food, and they may come out to you if you're making that large of an order.

                      Skaf's Grill
                      6008 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

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