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Apr 26, 2001 02:32 AM


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  1. Dizengoff is closed. Tempo and La ve li in the Valley are ok. Are you looking for something specific? Shula & Esther's on Fairfax has Moroccan and Yemenite dishes from Israel, Grill express (?) on the corner of Rosewood and Fairfax has Israeli and Iraqi-Israeli dishes. Carnival on Woodman north of Ventura is a Lebanese restaurant with a huge Israeli clientele. Many of the Armenian places have middle-eastern dishes, Manoush on Santa Monica near Normandie has a quite a good selection. Is a Hekhsher important? There's also a great little Lebanese place with killer t'hina, salat-khatzilim (moutabel/baba ghanoush), felafel etc. on Westwood Blvd just north of Santa Monica called Sunnin. For some of the salads, try Falafel King in Westwood (turkish salad, Israeli salad, etc) and Mi ve Mi (Mi & Mi) on the SE corner of Rosewood and Fairfax.
    There used to be some excellent Israeli places in town, ha-Pundak on 3rd for one where Sofi's is now. I hope these are helpful.

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    1. re: jerome

      Haifa Restaurant on Pico near Robertson is the very best Israeli food. The falafel is unbelievable and they serve tasty small plates of sides before the meal. No frills with the decor but food stands out.

    2. I like Magic Carpet on Pico near La Cieniga. I think it's more Yeminite than Israeli.

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          1. re: Servorg

            very sadly in the case of magic carpet.
            they had a way with eggplant. . . . .

      1. Try Moishe's Restaurant at the Farmer's Market in Los Angeles . . .

        Moishe's Restaurant
        6333 W 3rd St Ste 336, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Farmer's Mkt
        W 3rd Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001

        1. I can't speak to its authenticity, but I really enjoyed my lunch at Habayit the other day...

          11921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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          1. in encino,
            Itzik Hagadol

            in tarzana

            Hummus Bar and Grill

            Hummus Bar and Grill
            18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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            1. re: westsidegal

              Agree on Hummus Bar and Grill. Outstanding food, and pretty good service. They expanded about 9 months ago, so it's easier to get a seat.

              Hummus Bar and Grill
              18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

              1. re: lil mikey

                At Hummus Bar & Grill, try the spread of appetizers/salads for $9.99 -- one of the great food bargains in LA.

                1. re: ozhead

                  same sort of thing is offered at itzik hagadol.
                  i like both places, but prefer itzik hagadol because their food seems less oil laden to me

                  mind you, neither one serves diet food. . . .


                  1. re: westsidegal

                    As an aside, the new Whole Foods in Tarzana has hummus from the Hummus Bar, for take-out and picnics. And yes, both Izhik and Hummus Bar are wonderful, imo.

                    1. re: Golem

                      looooooved the hummus and laffa and hummus bar and grill. *daydreaming*

              2. re: westsidegal

                I second Hummus Bar and Grill. It's really excellent. I also recommend Bar B Kosher, which I think is the most underappreciated downtown restaurant.

                Hummus Bar and Grill
                18743 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

                1. re: westsidegal

                  I really enjoy the food at Hummus Bar -- and the service is extraordinary! If you sit at the bar, you will have the attention of all the servers behind you and all the "chefs" in front of you! They often give us new items to taste and waaay more food than even our eyes can swallow.

                  We have celebrated occasions at the tables (with a large group) and they are quite capable of keeping up with us. In fact, they are usually ahead of us so that we never have to request anything. Also, when we have had young-'uns with us, they go out of their way to pay attention to our additional needs.

                  I have also done carry-out for a large group with Hummus Bar and found them to be extremely accommodating and generous, tossing in extra olives or pickles! I do appreciate their remarkable service!