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Rachel Lee Apr 26, 2001 02:32 AM

Any Recommendations?

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    Miri1 Aug 3, 2010 09:55 PM

    Shula and Esther, grill Express and Magic Carpet are all gone. Shula and Esther's old location has a new Falafel bar and grill (not kosher, however, mattes) Haifa on Pico is great, and there's a new place on Pico called Shnitzli that I believe is Israel but I haven't been there (old location of Sunrise)

    For Falafel there's Grill Express on Melrose (S. side of the street near either Martel or Vista- a hole int he wall with good falafel. And Hummus King in the Valley on Whitsett and Burbank- they are new, veg friendly, and make great falafel with several different kinds of Hummus. And when all else fails, Nagila Pizza on Pico has a great assortment of Israeli/Middle Eastern salads.

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      stevenwacks Aug 2, 2010 09:26 AM

      Moishes is Lebanese but good.
      I like Haifa (close to me). Hummus Bar and Grill BLEW ME AWAY.

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

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

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      1. re: stevenwacks
        apple7blue Aug 2, 2010 07:10 PM

        Do you mean because the food is Lebanese? They asked me where I was from, and in return I asked the same question and they said Israel. At least the man and the woman who were working there that they day, maybe they are just employees . . .

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          aventinus Aug 2, 2010 07:38 PM

          It blew me away too. It was far better than what I had expected.

        2. westsidegal Jul 27, 2010 10:08 AM

          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
            lil mikey Jul 27, 2010 06:27 PM

            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
              ozhead Jul 28, 2010 07:55 AM

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

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                westsidegal Jul 28, 2010 07:50 PM

                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
                  Golem Jul 29, 2010 08:12 AM

                  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.

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                    junglekitte Jul 29, 2010 06:42 PM

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

            2. re: westsidegal
              aventinus Aug 1, 2010 07:05 PM

              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
                liu Aug 4, 2010 11:08 AM

                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!

              2. aching Jul 27, 2010 09:17 AM

                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. re: aching
                  will47 Jul 27, 2010 07:32 PM

                  Excellent falafel here.

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                  apple7blue Jul 27, 2010 09:03 AM

                  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

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                    Melissa Apr 26, 2001 01:42 PM

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

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                      westsidegal Jul 27, 2010 10:10 AM

                      rip magic carpet

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                        Servorg Jul 27, 2010 10:28 AM

                        Things change in 9 years

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                          westsidegal Jul 27, 2010 12:25 PM

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

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                      jerome Apr 26, 2001 03:02 AM

                      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
                        curlyroons Jul 28, 2010 09:48 PM

                        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.

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