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Dec 4, 2000 06:54 PM

Afghani restaurants in Southern california? Magnolia closed long ago

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I remember loving this Afghani restaurant on sunset near the Tropical off of Silverlake Blvd. called Magnolia. The food was similar to Persian food, but more leeks, and I liked it better.
Any suggestions for Afghani food here?

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    Richard Foss

    The only Afghani restaurant I know of is Walter's in Claremont - something of a drive from the West Side, but if you're not familiar with Claremont it's a nice chance to get acquainted with the place. (This is the Claremont near Pomona, not the one near San Diego.) Walter's has been there for almost thirty years and has very good house-baked breads. I am not highly familiar with Afghani food but have found the seasonings at Walters to be on the mild side. Walter's is a nice place to know about anyway - it's only a few minutes off the 10 freeway at Indian Hill, and it's only a block from the Claremont Folk Music Center, where you can get new reeds for your Siamese bagpipes and an E string for your Albanian Ciftelli. Quite a place to browse, really...


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    1. re: Richard Foss

      Claremont has its virtues, but I do not find Walter's Afghani food (which is only served one day a week anyway) to be among them. Very much college-town cooking, if you know what I mean, which would be fine in an area like western Massachusets but doesn't cut the mustard in a metropolis so rich in first-rate ethnic cooking of all sorts.

      When in the Claremont area, I tend to end up at the local Sanamaluang, which is the only place I know of that has Thai barbecued hog uterus on the menu.

    2. About a week ago, I was driving down Ventura Blvd. in Encino, and came across a new Afghan place, the name of which escapes me, near the intrsection of Newcastle and Ventura,I believe, on the SE corner. I have been meanting to try it for ages and now have an excuse to do so.