Best Middle Eastern in West LA?
My girlfriend and I are really, really hungry. We need a place that is both unique in it's own way, and can satisfy. Preferably West LA/Santa Monica area.
Authentic, low-moderately expensive is the range we're in. Suggestions?
Sunnin (Lebanese) on Westwood is good (although they don't appear to have opened in their new building with parking on the East side of the street). It's pretty low-ish expensive. For that matter, there are the 2 Bella Pitas on/in Westwood, which are very tiny (more to-go than sit down), but have very good falafel and more.
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
1779 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
960 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
I had a totally satisfying lunch at Shamshiri a couple of days ago -- good, warm homemade flatbread, a refreshing lemony shirazi salad, the lamb koobideh which was nicely charred and well-seasoned, good grilled vegetables, and a huge mound of tender rice. Great value at $11 with a good tip.
sham on santa monica near lincoln syrian/lebanese
gaby's on venice near motor or washington west of lincoln
I really like King's Kabob on Sawtelle and Sepulveda in Culver City. It's really a little nook of a place, but they have great salads and awesome gyros and shawerma. I don't know if you're looking for more of a sit down place, because this is really casual. You can sit in their coffee shop next door and chill while they bring your order. Not much atmosphere, but a great food find for a really good price! I also like their hummus and dolmas...yum!
5500 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230