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Dec 22, 2013 04:21 PM

Any chow worthy eats near Glendale galleria?

Any thing besides Din Tai Fung and Portos? Doesn't have to be fancy pref ~$20/head.

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  1. Elena's on Glendale Avenue for Greek/Armenian food.
    Canele in Atwater.

    11 Replies
    1. re: carter

      Second Elena's. The value is fantastic and the kabobs are amazing. The only concern is that it's basically an outdoor place with plastic covering. It may be a little cold in winter, but during the day it should be fine.

      1. re: granadafan

        They also have an indoor dining room. Small but there!

        1. re: happybaker

          Was just at Elena's this weekend. They are stunningly consistent, and the food is an extraordinary value.

          Every time I go, I get perfectly cooked kebabs with not a hint of dryness. I don't know how they do it-- it's just wonderful.

          The chicken kebab is great, but I usually end up with the combo-- a lulu kebab, filet, and a lamb chop plus a grileld tomato and chile pepper, a mound of rice and soup or salad with pita bread and garlic paste for $10.50. It's enough for 2 average people to share, though I finished the whole thing myself :)

          I don't know why anyone would go to Raffi's, which is fully double the price, for kebabs that are far less consistent. Raffi's done have a nice courtyard, but please. It's not worth it for me to pay double for inferior food in pretty surroundings.

          I also recently found out that Elena's will substitute the rice for tabbouleh for no charge! (Tabbouleh as an a la carte side dish costs $5.00.) Hooray for healthier eating choices at affordable prices!

          Mr Taster

            1. re: ns1

              i like the falafel at elena's, although they are rather...kooky. the lentil soup is excellent.
              hummus good. kebabs top notch, too.
              salads crisp and fresh.
              love the grape leafs.

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Can't see pic. Is it the donut kind?

                  1. re: ns1

                    yeah, they're kind of donutty shaped.

                2. re: linus

                  +1 on their lentil soup. Maybe the best I've ever consumed.

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Damn, that is good in these days of exorbitant pricing in 2013 verging on 2014

                1. re: kevin

                  I'd say Elena's and Zam Zam are in the running for the top spot for price:quality/quantity in Los Angeles.

                  Mr Taster

          1. Damon's for that Disney vibe, Chi-Chis, ribs and steaks.....for a little more than $20 pop. Their barbecue is delish. Recommended, especially for snowbirds.

            1. Would you not be interested in Din Tai Fung cross the street in the Americana?

              I went at 11:15AM on a Sunday and we were seated immediately.

              Unless you absolutely must drink, I'd skip the cocktails. They were just average and, at $11.00 a pop, add greatly to your tab.

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              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                I'm just a bit worried about the wait

                1. re: Xan7hos

                  I understand your concern.

                  They also have a bar albeit small. I wonder about their bar seating policy.

                1. re: J.L.

                  ... and the Gheimeh and the ice cream sandwich.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Raffi's is really good...pretty space, attentive and professional service and good food.

                    I had barley soup that was outstanding!

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        I like the white space at Raffi's...pleasant dining.

                        I didn't order the usual suspects because the portions are generous. Rather, I ordered their barley soup and some hummus with pita; both were quite satisfying.