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I've been searching the boards and trying to decide on which middle eastern place I'd like to chow at while I'm in town for a visit. The concept at Hummus Bar and Grille or Itzik"s sounds good and while I like the idea of all the salads and a kabob what I really love are things like (and you'll have to excuse me but I don't know the names) fried or baked turnovers stuffed with meat or little footballs of fried goodness with meat stuffed in the middle. MMMM and real mint tea and desserts with flower waters would be awesome. Have my GPS so can pretty much drive anywhere in LA
Also would like to find a market where I could buy a mold to make mamoul sp?? cookies

Thanks Hounds

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  1. I'm not sure what part of town you're staying, but my favorite Lebanese place that fills a lot of your requests is Mezza on Washington in Downtown Culver City. Give their menu a look and you might find a lot of what you're looking for. Also, if you click on the link below (Mezza - Chow Alert...), the details for the most part still apply.

    http://mezzamg.com/menu.html

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      nice menu...... now I know the name of the little football meat things KIBBI;0) Thanks

      1. re: starre

        I believe they're referred to as little football thingies... :)

        1. re: bulavinaka

          I thought so but I wasn't sure ;O)

          I've read alot of your reviews and if this is your favorite I'm down with that. The pudding dish with rose syrup sounds divine. Any ideas on where to find a mold to make mamoul cookies???

          Plus I may be able to squeeze in a visit to Surfas. Someone suggested this last time I was in town. I bought a bottle of elderflower syrup and then realized I couldn't bring it on the plane. This time I'm driving

          1. re: starre

            Sorry to say that I've never made or had mamoul. If I were a betting man, I'd say try Jordan Market on Westwood Blvd in Westwood.

            Surfas is really a great place for food-obsessed folks like us. It's about a mile east of Mezza, so this should be an easy-do for you since you have your own car.

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            Jordan Market
            1449 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Surfas a mile away welllll that pretty much settles that

              Surfas then fried football thingies