the pico robertson kosher scene
- modernist Mar 9, 2009 11:05 AM
hey, i've lived in the area for the past couple years and i have done very little exploration which is shameful really.
what are some standout restaurant/purveyors? and what do you get?
i'm thinking of places that sell merguez (i dont like the one's at jeff's that much)
any more less common things/specialties?
like the meorav yerushalmi i had in jerusalem this past winter?
there ain't much. You can get good persian kabobs for like $3 - $4 at two places. I don't even though their names. One is the butcher on pico one block east of robertson on the south side of the street (next to the empty lot). You get a kabob (I recommend the ground beef one) and they give you grilled vegetables too.
Also, they have kabobs at a place 1/2 block west of Robertson on Pico in the back in the alley (a few stores down from Papa John's). Same kind of deal. These aren't sit-down places, you just go and order and they'll cook it up for you.
There's not too much else...
The place on Pico 1/2 Block West of Robertson is very very good . There is a shack in the parking lot that grills all the kebobs over mesquite hardwood. The fish with the green herbal rice is good along with any other meat. Includes a soda, bread and salad for around $8. Its tae out only. In the past you would order inside from the guy toting on the Hookah and now you just order the shack in back ( there is an alley right behind pico to the north) on a good day you can smell the meats roasting a block away..
You don't find Jerusalem grill in the USA, as organ meats are unpopular here, for some reason. At least in the kosher market, it possibly derives from the difficulty in koshering all of the meats. Kidneys have a layer of fat which must be removed, hearts must be drained thoroughly and salted inside and out, livers must be pre-broiled.