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May 29, 2012 08:57 AM

53rd and 6th halal.

Anyone who has been to NY knows what cart I'm talking about. Is there anything in LA that is similar? I got a strange craving.

I didn't even like the halal cart that much when I went there.

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  1. i love nyc halal carts. even the bad ones are good with the white sauce and hot sauce. haven't been able to find anything close anywhere in so. cal. i'd love to hear if anyone else has.

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    1. There's a business start-up idea in there somewhere!

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      1. re: J.L.

        I dare you to do this and name it "Khlav Kalash".

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          +1 YES! Would definitely patronize the establishment!

      2. Somebody once asked that question of Jonathon Gold and his response was Arax Falafel, 5101 Santa Monica Blvd. But while Arax was very good I can't say there was a strong resemblance to what you get from the Halal Guys.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I thought you refused to do carts/food trucks? ;-)

            1. re: a213b

              Carts are still up for discussion (RFT's anyone?) if they are willing to roll up to Ipse's front door...

              1. re: Servorg

                @a213b and @Servorg,

                Anything that predates Kogi is exempt.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Kogi predates RFT:

                  First Kogi mention - Dec 2008:

                  First RFT mention - Mar 2009:

                  I suspect Kogi predates Tamix and Leo, too.

                  Oh dear . . .

                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    This is all amusing, but what it really says is "hard and fast illogical rules like this simply restrict ones ability to eat well" and leave it at that. Kind of throwing the baby out with the bathwater while using a paring knife to eliminate ones nose from ones face to get back at ones face for a perceived slight.

                    1. re: Peripatetic

                      I was only talking about 53rd and 6h Halal.

                      And, yes, I did not know about Ricky's timeline vis-a-vis Kogi.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I happened to remember because I was talking to Ricky on my first visit (very early on, when he was still in front of the laundromat with cart with the rainbow umbrella) and explaining how it would be a good idea to use Twitter. At that moment, the Kogi truck drove by and I pointed it out to him and he said "hey, that's that Korean taco truck!" (or something like that).

                        Just stuck in my mind.

          2. Yes, that hot sauce was delicious. This would be a good item for a food truck.

            1. I've been making a pretty good approximation based on a recipe on serious eats. Do a search for halal chicken.