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Aug 15, 2012 01:27 AM

Mediterranean Cafe on the Westside?

I absolutely love Mediterranean Cafe out on Pasadena, but I live on the westside. Any recommendations for a similar place on this side of town?

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  1. Give Gaby's a try and see how you like it. or Sunnin is another good bet.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Not personally a fan of Gaby's. I'd also throw Z Garden into the mix as worth trying:

      1. re: Servorg

        Servorg ... do you know how the Gaby's "chain" is set up.

        They have two restaurants and three "Express" locations. But the quality really varies from location to location, with the Jefferson Boulevard "Express" location being the worst by far.

        Is this a situation where each branch is owned by a different person -- like franchises -- or is there one central owner who just doesn't know how to keep the quality at his/her different locations consistent.

        For what it's worth, the Gaby's Restaurant on Venice (at Motor) seems to be better than the one in the Marina. The Gaby's Express on Washington near Lincoln is a bit better than the one on Washington down near La Cienega and the Express on Jefferson is very weak -- I won't go there anymore.

        For what it's worth, I prefer the Gaby's Express experience to the Gaby's restaurants, though I do occasionally go to the Gaby's restaurant up on Venice (they let you bring in beer from the liquor store next door.)

        The Gaby's Express is less expensive and for basic fare it's good, fast and cheap. They do vegetarian items and actually have a fairly extensive menu of sides and the like. I feel the value is better at the Express.

        1. re: PaulF

          I've only been to the one on Venice Blvd. in Culver City (across the street from Culver City?)

          1. re: Servorg

            That's the better of the two restaurant locations.

            As I noted above, the Express locations are a good value for an inexpensive lunch -- anyone can get out of there for under ten dollars.

        2. re: Servorg

          I am a fan of Mediterranean Cafe too. Sunnin is fantastic, some of the best Lebanese food I've had in the Los Angeles area

        3. We might as well cast our "Mediterranean" net a little wider and include a couple of Spanish restaurants in the mix as well. Manchego and Bar Pintxo for tapas style food and I'll throw in Primitivo as well just for added flavor...

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          1. re: Servorg

            I was looking at menu for the Mediterranean Cafe in Pasadena that the OP referenced ( and those places are all above the price range of the places the OP is looking for on the Westside (if "similar" means in cost as well). Your recs of Gaby's and Sunnin are more fitting, I think, and Discokill's of Z Garden. I'd throw in Shaherzad as something a little pricier than Mediterranean Cafe but still within the same range. In a pinch, there's always Zankou.

            1. re: PeterCC

              Just opening up a range of possibilities for the OP, along all those who happen to stumble across this thread someplace farther on down the line...

          2. I have not been, but have been told Mezze is outstanding.