Chicken Shawarma Plate at Tel Aviv Grill in Encino

The Top 5 Dishes in Encino

10/24/2018

Joshua Lurie

Encino translates from Spanish as “oak tree” and the corresponding L.A. neighborhood sprouted from Rancho Los Encinos, a land grant that Spain first gifted to a local Gabrielino tribe. The Encino Chamber of Commerce formed in 1927 and now helps guide one of the San Fernando Valley’s most desirable areas. Encino borders Mulholland Drive to the south, the 405 Freeway to the east, Victory Boulevard to the north, and Lindley Avenue to the west. Discover five of the top dishes within this 9.5-mile span.

Falafel at Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine

The Best Falafel in Los Angeles

05/08/2015

Joshua Lurie

Falafel, a fritter crafted from garbanzo beans, fava beans or a combination of both beans, has historical ties to Egypt, but can now be found across the Mediterranean and Middle East. Regional nuances are evident in versions from countries like Armenia, Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Color, spicing and shape are key differentiators. Regardless of how they’re made, falafel is having a moment in Los Angeles, with modern interpretations joining classics. Learn about 10 of the best falafels in L.A.