Carnival is a Sherman Oaks staple where the people-watching is even more important than the solid Lebanese food you’ll eat. Sure, you’ll fill up on well-cooked chicken shawarma and consider ordering seconds of their fantastic lentil soup, but that’s not really why you’re at this dimly-lit strip mall spot. You’re here because it’s nice to know places where couples read newspapers in booths together and little old ladies scream “More baklava, Jeanine!” at their waitresses like it’s a family potluck still exist.
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The Blue Dog Beer Tavern
Blue Dog is one of our favorite neighborhood drinking spots in the Valley.
There are a lot of good, affordable sushi spots in Sherman Oaks. Go to Dojo Sushi first.
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At Madacapra in Grand Central Market, you’ll find falafel like you’ve never seen it before.
Zankou certainly isn’t the best Mediterranean food in LA, but it’s still an old friend who always has your back.
Hummus House is a family-operated Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant in Hawthorne and one of the best places in the South Bay for Mediterranean staples.
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Bavel is one of LA’s most exciting restaurants, and this Middle Eastern spot in the Arts District will have you planning a return visit immediately.
Raffi's is an institution and the perfect place for a massive group dinner in Glendale.
Carousel is an over-the-top Middle Eastern restaurant in Glendale and a flat-out LA institution.
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