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Fantastic Armenian within 20 min drive of Pasadena?

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  • Rafie Oct 14, 2008 01:14 PM
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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?
Thanks!

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

    1. Persian Armenian, wonderful food...

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

      1. Raffi's.

        1. Skaf's Grill.
          Glendale.
          Done.

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          1. re: Thi N.

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

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              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.

                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. 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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            1. re: mrshankly

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

              1. re: mrshankly

                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

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

              2. Elena's Greek & Armenian
                http://www.yelp.com/biz/elenas-greek-...
                *the best falafal and lule kabob I've ever had

                Adana
                http://www.yelp.com/biz/adana-restaur...
                *weird atmosphere, but stellar food

                1. 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

                  1. Cafe Bravo in Glendale.

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                    Cafe Bravo
                    1135 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202

                    1. 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.

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