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Why no discussion on Adana Persian/Armenian in Glendale?

First I've heard of this place. Sounds awfully promising.


Mr Taster

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  1. I think someone mentioned it on the thread about recent thread about what to eat in Glendale? There wasn't a discussion, though....

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    1. re: ilysla

      Yeah. That was me I believe. But I didn't provide a link to the strike or couldn't find it.

      1. re: kevin

        Just checked. Actually, it wasn't. ;) It was someone a poster named farmertomato, and he/she simply said it was "wonderful."

        To Taster, I wonder if there hasn't been much of a discussion b/c the name's apparently changed twice?

          1. re: kevin

            You could never be bad, kevin. ;)

          2. re: ilysla

            I posted that. We went here after reading the Mark Bittman piece in the NYT. Everything we had was wonderful and we vowed to go back, but a lot of time has passed. Thanks for the reminder--we're gonna go back next week.

            The owner is a self-promoter like the ego-chefs that line the west side, but he delivers the real goods. Adana is so understated and uninviting from the outside that a lot of people must be put off. The sign, in an all upper-case script text, is almost unreadable. The parking is sometimes an issue--hey, it's near a Trader Joe's, you know--and it's not lit up like Las Vegas. Sometimes there aren't a lot of diners in the room. That's okay with me--I just want enough business for it to make money, not so much that I'll have trouble getting in.

            The salads are beautiful, and the kebab meat is more flavorful than you'll find elsewhere. If you talk to your server and ask for suggestions, you will be rewarded.

      2. taster, I think I mentiOned this joint embedded in a thread on Glendale.

        Yeah. I also read the blurb in the Times months ago.

        1. there are a few armenian places in and around glendale im too "scared" to go into because though the buildings look tidy, i never see anyone going in or out of.
          i guess i figure they are real insider joints meant for banquets etc.

          1. Have been several times based on recommendations of friends. This place is really good. And reasonable. Do not be discouraged by the ambience. We live in Glendale and have eaten in numerous Armenian/Persian/Lebanese (etc.) restaurants. This chef can really cook. Try a few of the specialty rice dishes (Shirin and Baghali).

            1. I've eaten there regularly after getting a recommendation from a friend, and I even hosted a family dinner there for 12 which they catered with astonishing care and generosity. The owner and his sister are committed to using fresh ingredients and their cooking redefines Persian/Russion cuisine. Ignore the outside (we were actually afraid to go in as well the first time we went) and let them wow you with their food and their lovely personalities.

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              1. re: momski

                "ignore the outside" is good advice for most of the restaurants worth eating at in Los Angeles.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: momski

                  i went by there the other day, and, indeed, it's underwhelming from the outside.
                  the sign said open. the hours posted indicated they should be open.
                  alas and alack, no one was there.

                  i'll try again.

                  1. re: linus

                    Don't be discouraged! They are in the kitchen in the rear and will be glad to help you! That happened to us as well but we persisted

                    1. re: oldiebutfoodie

                      door was locked. are they open for lunch, in your experience?

                      1. re: linus

                        Ill hit that shit up and report back tooo.

                        It sounds quite intriguing.

                        And if I don't make it in is Elena's pretty close by ??????

                        1. re: kevin

                          They are open for lunch. (10 am I think!). Elena's is in South Glendale, Adana's North near the Burbank border,
                          so not that close.

                2. I have wondered the same thing. Didn't Mark Bittman of the NY Times call it the best Armenian (or was it Lebanese? sorry -- can't recall) food ever? (Or some superlatives.) I love mideastern food, so I too was curious.

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                  1. re: susiequeue

                    I have a Lebanese friend who would be horribly offended by your mixup. (Or is she Armenian?)

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      Oh shit. Yes. Those mixips are deadly.

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          A friend of mine used to get Russians and Prussians mixed up, but in reality they are Poles apart.

                      1. Ate there last night and just finished the leftovers! Absolutely delicious. I'm still craving the fattoush salad. Not sure if it was the chef or owner, but he was very friendly and helpful -- make some great recommendations and brought us a sample of an eggplant dish so that we could compare it to the one we ordered. Agree that the location/ambiance is underwhelming. The signage is so poor that I drove past it the first time. But they have parking available on the south or east side of the building -- sorry, I get my direction confused in that neighborhood. They don't have a liquor license, but the group of what appeared to be regulars brought their own wine with them. I can't wait to go back!

                        1. Really, really good. Nothing fancy but the food is terrific.

                          1. Just ate here about 20 minutes ago. The best chicken Kabob I have ever had in my life. No Tahini sauce nor garlic paste - it just isnt needed. My mouth is awash in flavor.

                            yes i just said that.

                            so awesome. New to this area(Glendale/Burbank netherworld) and my mind keeps getting blown: Corner Cottage for breakfast burritos, Jimmy Super Lunch for super cheap, Casita de Carbon for legit asada, Cafe Bravo for Shawerma and now Adana.

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                            1. re: blackbookali

                              Welcome to the neighborhood!

                              There's tons of great food here, glad you are enjoying it! (And good to have one more vote for Adana.)