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Oct 30, 2008 01:41 PM

Armenian Restaurants in OC?

My mother was reminiscing and recalled an Armenian restaurant, Kabakian's, she used to go to in Pasadena. The four brothers who owned it had lived in Beirut and their menu had Lebanese influences. It closed many years ago and mom moved to Leisure World in south OC. Are there any notable Armenian restaurants in the Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forrest area? How about Lebanese restaurants?

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  1. Well, not in south OC, but Anaheim has an entire Little Gaza section centered on Brookhurst and Ball..

    1. Ringo, we knew Kabakians. Two brothers shuffling around in their slippers, very slow service. Here's a story for you. One night, with two other couples, one wife was very pregnant, we waited and waited and waited for service while the two brothers served a very full restaurant. When we finally stopped one of the brothers, and explained that one of our party was pregnant and ravenous, so could we please have some bread, he said, no, sometimes we serve bread before the meal and people get up and go out of the restaurant. He was right, at that point we got up and walked out of their restaurant.

      In Lake Forest, on El Toro, near the El Toro Meat Market, I believe there's an Armenian restaurant. Or it might be Lebanese. You might have someone check it out. Come to think of it, your Mom might like Bahars in the shopping center at Crown Valley and Marguerite, very good Middle Eastern food, Persian but with some similarities until she can find a real Armenian or Lebanese place.

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      1. re: EclecticEater

        Zov's Bistro in Tustin has some Armenian-influenced dishes (as Zov herself if of Armenian descent, IIRC). I recall the Armenian braided mozzarella and sojouk there but this place is more of an Armenian/Middle Eastern fusion with a SoCal twist. For the real deal, you may be limited to the SGV