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Mar 4, 2009 05:47 PM

Cafe Bravo is open in Silverlake!

Finally........Cafe Bravo has opened in Silverlake, at 2662 Griffith Park Blvd, right next door to Hard Times Pizza. I've been eating at CB in Glendale (1135 W Glenoaks Blvd) for years. Now the same delicious food (and a larger, more pleasant dining area) is available to Silverlake.

The Armenian/Middle Eastern food is very reasonably priced, portioned generously, and delicious! I usually get the Chicken Lule Kabob (2 large kabobs of marinated fresh ground chicken sitting atop a huge portion of delicious rice) that comes with Pita Bread and choice of 2 sides (Hummus, Tabbouleh, Ikra, Armenian Pickles, Pickled Turnips, Stolichnaya Salad, Yogurt w/spinach, Shirazi Salad, Cabbage Salad, Bean & Corn Salad or Grape Leaves) but everything I've had there is good........Lamb, Pork, Beef, Chicken Kabobs and a similar assortment of sandwiches.

The generous plates are priced around $6.50, a bargain! I've had most of the sides and can highly recommend the hummus, Tahini (not listed on the menu, but available and fabulous!), Yogurt w/spinach, Shirazi (Tomato & Cuke) Salad, Tabbouleh. One plate is usually enough for a hungry person, with leftovers! They are open 10am-9pm Mon-Fri, Sat 11:30am-9pm and closed Sunday. Very fast counter service, and pleasant informal dining area. Website is

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    1. Agree, this is a great addition to the neighborhood at a good price. I loved the yogurt with spinach and the ikra -- it's nice to have a few different choices from the Zankou menu.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Read your blog report and haven't tried the ikra yet but now it's on my list. I've gone a couple times now and had really good experiences. Love the yogurt w/ spinach and my chicken has been really moist. Next time trying the lamb.

        1. re: lucygoosey

          I was not impressed with this place -- are people still in love with it? The chicken sandwich I got was bland. Nothing impressive. I think Zankou is better..

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            Did you order the chicken shawerma sandwich? While I enjoyed the chicken luleh and the lamb kebabs, the chicken shawerma left a lot to be desired (side note: give it one more try just for trying Ikra - the eggplant-based side). Overall, I agree Zankou is better (I hear you Zankou fans, but head to Skaf's).

            However, in my experience shawerma is best enjoyed in Lebanese places than Armenian. To summarize my order of the local "eastside" shawerma empire:

            Skaf's > Roro's > Zankou > Bravo

            On that note, regarding Lebanese restaurants, I think Carousel gets much deserved love, but I think Phoenicia in Glendale (Central & Lexington) gets very little. Head there for some terrific hummus and lamb (tried the shank and the kebabs - both terrific!). But that is a discussion best left for a different thread.

            1. re: losfelizhound

              Best recommendation is Phoenicia - Ara really knows his food, and he has been doing it for around 20 years in this location, regardless of name change, meaning from Phoenicia to Kix and back to Phoenicia.

              1. re: losfelizhound

                Any thoughts on skaf vs. zankou in terms of value?

                1. re: echoparkdirt

                  IMHO, Skaf's hands down in terms of the taste of the meat. Zankou tries to cheat by adding garlic butter and making its shawerma "tastier".

                  But now my new found love is Phoenicia. Carter is absolutely correct - Ara knows his food, and Phoenicia is nothing short of TERRIFIC.

        2. Went for lunch today and had the Lule kabob plate and it was good and a good sized plate for $6.50.

          Correction on the hours. Mon-Fri. they open at 11:00am not at 10:00am as printed on the menu. I was there at 10 this morning and they said this loacation opens at 11:00.

          1. I have been going the last few weeks, so far the Chicken and Beef Kabobs are great. Good garlic sauce and hummus.I wish their pitas were softer though. I am glad they came to the area.

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            1. re: LakerFan

              I don't get garlic sauce with my Lule kabob?
              What kind of rice do they use? I never had rice like that where the grain is that long.

              Also the option of getting an extra skewer for $2.00-$3.80 depending on the meat.

              1. re: monku

                actually i had to order the garlic sauce on the side. 50 cents extra. And I do order the extra skewer, even though I never finish it!!

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