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Oct 14, 2008 01:14 PM

Fantastic Armenian within 20 min drive of Pasadena?

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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  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. 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.