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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.

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Discover the New Wave of Modern Middle Eastern Restaurants In Los Angeles

04/23/2017

Karen Young

Middle Eastern cuisine has recently expanded from "mom and pops" and into James Beard Award-winning mainstream restaurants. Hummus and pita were the first crossovers to appear on menus at large chains; kabobs and falafels are becoming as familiar as spaghetti and meatballs; and a popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish, shakshuka - eggs baked in a spicy tomato/pepper sauce - now appears on menus alongside pancakes and French toast.

Spices such as sumac, za’atar, dukkah and harissa are now listed in menus. Other notable ingredients include freekah, an ancient whole-wheat grain poised to be the new quinoa; labneh (yogurt cheese) is featured as a topping, creamy mix-in, or dessert base; and pomegranates are used for its seeds and molasses.

Middle Eastern restaurants have been part of the Los Angeles dining scene for decades. Some of the best eateries in L.A. are located in mini malls and owned by families from Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Iran and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Meet the chefs and learn about the restaurants at the forefront of the new wave of modern Middle Eastern cuisine in Los Angeles.

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.

Din Tai Fung at The Americana at Brand

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Group Dining

11/21/2014

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Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that offer options for shared plates and family-style menus from around the world. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. to dine out with friends and family.