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family dinner this weekend at my place- any recs for westside/mid-city/hollywood? if really fabulous, could be persuaded to wander over to noho/studio city/burbank. kosher a plus, but not absolutely necessary

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  1. My goto spot for middle eastern take-out is Skaf's Grill in NoHo best kabobs ever, they have plates that come with kabobs, hummus, and cabbage salad. Also their tabbouleh is excellent. I go here way too much.

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

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    1. re: ldodb

      thanks! have heard about this place

    2. my favorite is shamshiri grill on westwood blvd just north of santa monica blvd.
      don't look at their website because the site doesn't accurately describe their extensive menu, reasonable prices and huge portion sizes.
      as a rule, two of their entrees will feed three hearty eaters (when i say hearty, i mean teenage-boy-type hearty).
      you can substitute any of their specialty rices for the normal basmati rice that they serve for free with all of their entrees for a nominal add-on fee. (my favorite specialty rice is their adas polo).
      their soups, too are very good.
      they offer a version of dolmas as a starter that is stuffed with a lentil stuffing instead of the usual oily white rice. virtually every person to whom i've introduced this dish has loved this version.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        wow- love the detailed response- will count the votes and get back to you all on the results- my cousin is visiting from chicago- don't think he has had the persian version yet...

        1. re: westsidegal

          Another vote for Shamshiri -- and note they will deliver if you are within a reasonable area. Really like their beef koobideh, the shawarma (chicken more than the beef), their flatbread, the grilled veggies that come with the entrees, and their refreshing shirazi salad (cucumber, parsley, onion, tomato). My goodness, this is the third time I'm recommending Shamshiri in less than one page of L.A. threads...

          1. re: westsidegal

            3rd for Shamshari. The food is great and I love the staff.

          2. Also note that some places might be halal; I'll have to be corrected on this, but I've always thought something that was halal was also kosher (though not necessarily vice versa).

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              It is the opposite. People who keep kosher will not eat Halal, but some who eat Halal will eat kosher.

            2. Haifa restaurant on Pico and King David restaurant on Pico near La are very good middle eastern and kosher. Pretty good kosher Persian can be had from Kabob and Chinese (don't get Chinese food from them) on Pico just west of Doheney. I think they also have another location on the west side, but am not sure where.

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              1. re: jlq3d3

                I enjoy both of those as well for another kosher choice I would recomment Magic Carpet Read 8566 W. Pico Blvd.

                1. re: weinstein5

                  what do you guys think about eliass? my dad recommended it, but the discussions on line here sort of scared me off-- i was thinking to try somewhere pico-robertson-ish and was at margic carpet years ago- but not sure what to order and have to order for 6 adult .and 4 kids--some of us are more adventurous than others....

                  1. re: sgl

                    I have not had a bad meal at MC - wide variety on the menu so I sure even the less adventurous will be able to find something to eat -

              2. When I don't have time to drive to Skaf's -- my favorite option in LA -- then I opt for Sunnin on Westwood Blvd. The falafel is not great, but the hummus, shawarma, etc. are fantastic. And it's really cheap, which is a plus.

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                1. re: glutton

                  If its falafel you want on the west-side the best I have had is at habayit . They have other stuff on the menu, which I have yet to try just because every time i go I can't resist ordering the falafel. Their Hummus is excellent as well, but I dont think they have kabobs, but they do have shewarma. Its kosher too.

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                  Habayit
                  11921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  1. re: ldodb

                    love habayit- my daughter went to pre-school next door and we ate there alot- are they open at night?

                    1. re: ldodb

                      Oh yea, I forgot Habayit. Their falafel usually gets good reviews on chowhound.