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Jan 7, 2009 09:27 AM

Itzak Hagadol in Encino?

Anyone know anything about this place which is 'coming soon' on Ventura?

I wonder if it is related to the locations in Israel?

Will it be kosher?

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  1. FYI- Carter or JFL or has anyone else tried it? I found this as part of a "this week in So Cal" email.
    Now we know that it's related to the Tel Aviv branch--

    Itzik Hagadol Grill
    What: Hummus with hot mushrooms, Israeli salad, grilled chicken and lamb kebabs, and endless salads and sides call you to the first U.S. outpost of this Tel Aviv standby.
    Why: You falafel for it.
    When: Sun.-Thurs. & Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight.
    Where:17201 Ventura Blvd., b/t Louise & Amestoy Aves., Encino (818-784-4080)."

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    1. re: compucook

      had lunch there today.
      as a single diner, they would only serve me an abbreviated version of the 'assorted salad' menu along with a couple of falafal balls and terrific freshly-made flat bread (similar to naan).

      i ADORED the falafal, the bread, the israeli salad, the celery salad, and the carrot salad.

      pickes and olives were ok.

      will definitely be returning.
      wish there was a place like this closer to me.

      1. re: westsidegal

        "wish there was a place like this closer to me."

        I've heard this said about Hummus Bar & Grill so many times from folks in the Westside. I think this category of food would kill around here - drop a note in the suggestion box of both places please!!! :)

    2. forgot to mention, the correct spelling of the restaurant name is:

      itzik hagadol grill

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      1. We (4) went to dinner there one evening, late, after the theatre. We had the best time: great food, great service...and really fun atmosphere. And no, I am not an owner or stock holder! The salads were unbelievable. In a great way. And the meats were top notch.

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        1. re: Golem

          What are the prices like? I can't find the menu anywhere online.

          It sounds like this place is kind of like Hummus Bar in Tarzana, which everyone raves about. I went there once, thought the food was ok, and quite expensive for what it was. Hope this place is more affordable and better.

          1. re: ElleBeavero

            this place is more expensive than hummus bar and grill.
            i like them both.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I've never been to Hummus Bar and Grill. I have seen it from the outside, and I think Itzick has a larger dining room. And I do think Itzik is a little pricier, but still not pricey --- moderate is what I would consider it.

              1. re: Golem

                i agree with your assessment, golem.

        2. Encino branch of restaurant in Israel. It does not have rabbinical kosher certification since it is open on Friday ngiht and Saturday before sundown.