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Fantastic Armenian within 20 min drive of Pasadena?

Rafie Oct 14, 2008 01:14 PM

Is there any?

A friend of mine is coming from out of town and I don't know where to take her, besides Caroussel. What's worth a drive for a tourist from out of town?

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    revets2 Oct 27, 2008 11:56 PM

    The Village in Duarte. The mezze, frog legs, and chicken are excellent. Outdoor seating only.

    1. streetgourmetla Oct 27, 2008 10:48 PM

      I love Raffi's(Persian-Armenian), Elena's(Greek-Armenian/Armenian home cooking) and Phoenicia(Lebanese-Armenian) for different reasons.But, there is nothing wrong with Carousel(Lebanese-Armenian) on a Friday or Saturday night.The delicious Carousel feast, an Amr Diab song or two,some Armenchik, and Elvis all in the same set.It's been a while since I was last there, but I remember a great Armenian family atmosphere, and some good "pop" bellydance.Great food and vibe to entertain the out of town visitor. There is also Maran for Russian-Armenian on the Glendale/Burbank border, and Alcazar(Lebanese-Armenian) in Encino for another Carousel style of Armenian feast.I think these are all good options depending on what you are looking for.

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        webb Oct 27, 2008 07:50 PM

        Cafe Bravo in Glendale.

        Cafe Bravo
        1135 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202

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          paprkutr Oct 25, 2008 10:57 PM

          How about Wahib's in Alhambra. We met some people there and we really enjoyed it and it was reasonable. It is lebanese, but very good, and close to you

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            norikon Oct 24, 2008 07:27 PM

            Elena's Greek & Armenian
            *the best falafal and lule kabob I've ever had

            *weird atmosphere, but stellar food

            1. mrshankly Oct 21, 2008 11:17 AM

              Burger Continental in Pasadena has quite a few Armenian dishes. Their Armenian Feast dish includes all varieties of meat and grilled vegetables with delicious sides.

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                Kevitivity Oct 27, 2008 03:55 PM

                I have to disagree. Burger Continental has really gone down the tubes.... The food is really atrocious here these days.

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                  CookieEater Oct 27, 2008 04:57 PM

                  oh no! Don't take her to Burger Continental when there are so many excellent places. Elena's Greek Armenian (mentioned below) is wonderful but really casual. If you want a nicer atmosphere I did like Raffi's, that's supposed to be Persian-Armenian but it seemed more Armenian to me.

                  There's also the strip of Armenian bakeries and stores up on Washington between Allen/Hill if you wanted to add a snack.

                  1. re: CookieEater
                    mrshankly Oct 29, 2008 12:14 PM

                    My apologies... good Armenian food is indeed found at Raffi's and Elena's. You're right, BC is definitely substandard these days.

                2. Thi N. Oct 21, 2008 09:57 AM

                  Skaf's Grill.

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                    Das Ubergeek Oct 21, 2008 10:47 AM

                    That's Lebanese, but it's still excellent and the North Hollywood mothership is possibly my favourite restaurant in the Valley.

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                      Thi N. Oct 21, 2008 11:00 AM

                      Is it non-Armenian? I thought that Sunnin and Skaf's were both Lebanese-Armenian.

                      How does the mothership compare to the Glendale branch? I've only been to the Glendale branch, but I've been, like, constantly - my favorite raw beef dish.

                      1. re: Thi N.
                        Das Ubergeek Oct 21, 2008 11:43 AM

                        I haven't been to the Glendale branch in a while but they weren't serving the paradisiacal daily specials that NoHo has -- the baked kibbeh and kefta, the lemon chicken, the beef stew with haricots, the stuffed squash...

                        Salim Skaf, who started the whole thing, is 100% Lebanese.

                  2. Das Ubergeek Oct 14, 2008 03:57 PM


                    1. PurpleTeeth Oct 14, 2008 01:37 PM

                      Persian Armenian, wonderful food...

                      Phoenicia Restaurant
                      343 N Central Ave
                      Glendale, CA 91203
                      (818) 956-7800‎

                      1. MaxCaviar Oct 14, 2008 01:27 PM

                        i cannot give you a name, but you will be near Glendale, so 'nuff said.

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