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Great Kabob, Shawerma, Gyros - Pico and Fairfax Area FINALLY!

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FishFood Apr 23, 2008 02:14 PM

I live near Pico and La Cieniga, which is a haven for anything Kosher.

Unfortunately for me, I love all kabob... except for Kosher. I've been to Haifa which is alright, but overpriced.... and just not as tasty as other Mediterranean style food. I just want a quick Mediterranean meal or pita sandwich, great sides and reasonable price.

Anyway, I'm writing this because 4 days ago I was driving on eastward on Pico, past Fairfax and saw "City Best Chicken" on the north side of the road (5303 W. Pico, 90019). It's a little farther east than I usually travel on Pico, so I had never seen it before.

I have literally been there 4 days in a row to make sure I was positive about it before posting. So far I have had the chicken shawerma, the chicken kabob, the chicken lula (like koobideh), and the beef and lamb gyros, along with tabouleh, hommus, mutabel (babaganus), greek salad, etc.

Everything is delicious! The place is clean, staff friendly (seems to be a family joint, I think Armenians), there's a little sunny outdoor patio, it even has a parking lot (only holds 4 cars, but plenty of st. parking).

Another thing i love about the place is the entrees come with a choice of 4 sides. I really like Gaby's Mediterranean on Venice, but to get all the sides you need to order that appetizer platter... gets pricey, and not exactly local. Here you choose the 4 you want with your meal - it's perfect!

Anyway, the place has consistently been empty every day I have been there... which is a huge shame. It's clean, seems newish, the food is great - there's no reason it shouldn't be packed. I made this post because I don't want my new favorite, local kabob joint to shut down.

If you live or work in the area you should really check it out. Its 4 or 5 blocks east of Fairfax on Pico, north side of the road. I realize this seems like some covert advertising, but I'm just an impassioned customer - I swear (check my previous posts, FishFood is legit).

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    jlq3d3 Apr 23, 2008 03:01 PM

    Have you tried Sinai Butcher on Pico? They have excellent kabobs and are reasonable.

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      Ernie Apr 23, 2008 08:04 PM

      What kind of meat do they use for their gyros? Is it that weird Grecian Delight loaf stuff?
      http://www.greciandelight.com/store/i...

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        Frommtron Apr 24, 2008 09:19 AM

        Oh the horror!

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          Mr Taster Apr 24, 2008 09:42 AM

          It looks scarier than it is.... it's really just a meatloaf molded to mount on a vertical spit.

          Mr Taster

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          jlq3d3 Apr 24, 2008 12:17 PM

          It's persian food, therefore kababs instead of gyros. It's actually mainly a butcher with this small very casual restaurant inside, so they use actual fresh quality meats from the butcher.

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            Ernie Apr 24, 2008 12:22 PM

            Thanks, that is good to know. My quest for real Greek-style gyros continues . . .

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              epop Apr 25, 2008 10:42 AM

              That makes 2 of us. I wonder where to go...

        3. omotosando Apr 23, 2008 10:06 PM

          Great to hear about this place. I will definitely try it out.

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            zra Apr 24, 2008 11:35 AM

            I like Nagila on Pico near Doheny, I've even seen cops eating there.

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              omotosando Apr 24, 2008 05:05 PM

              I definitely don't think Nagila is any good. When the OP wrote about City Best Chicken, I was hoping for something much better than Nagila, which I find mediocre at best.

            2. Dommy Apr 24, 2008 08:59 PM

              Thank you SO much! It's right across the street from our Church and have wondered about it (We tend to be there WAY before it opens... and the Church Ladies feed us well. :)) We'll def. have to check it out!

              --Dommy!

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                Slatty Apr 30, 2008 09:37 AM

                Do they serve Döner Kebab at City Best?

                I have been looking everywhere trying to find a place that serves Döner the right way. I heard about Sptiz in Eagle Rock, but after reading up on them, it seems they don't do it in the traditional Turkish/German style.

                Any suggestions?

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                  Servorg Apr 30, 2008 10:37 AM

                  My understanding is that Spitz does do a traditional Turkish Döner Kebap, (I think I read somewhere that it's properly Kebap and not Kebab?). There is another place in Huntington Beach that does them. See link:

                  http://www.onlineguide.com/restaurant...

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                    a_and_w Apr 30, 2008 10:59 AM

                    Spitz does an authentic Turkish doner, but it's not like the Turkish doner you get in Germany with red cabbage, white garlic sauce (not tzatziki), red sauce, and pide bread. The place in Huntington Beach looks closer to what Slatty wants, but minus the cabbage.

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                      Slatty Apr 30, 2008 03:03 PM

                      Thanks guys. I should give Spitz a shot seeing how it's about as close as I'm going to get in LA.

                      Not in HB too often and when I am in that area (OC) I try to work my way over to the Boiling Crab for a meal. Can't beat it.

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                  pschachter May 7, 2008 10:59 AM

                  We ate there last Friday night. The chicken was tasty but the sides were terrible. Tabouli over salted, hummus underspiced..needed lemon, and the rice very bland. How can one ruin rice???
                  So rather disappointed because it sounded like a real find and so close!

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