Restaurants

Top Choice Lebanese in San Fernando Valley

Phoenicia

Ok, the design lacks charm, but this is where local Lebanese and Armenian families land on Sunday nights for homeland delicacies such as soujouk (a spicy Armenian beef sausage, dried, sliced and sautéed with onion a…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Anaheim

Olive Tree

In Little Arabia, this simple restaurant in a nondescript strip mall ringed by flags of Arab nations has earned accolades from local papers to Saveur magazine. You could get standards like falafel and kebabs, but da…
Middle Eastern in The Mission & Potrero Hill

Old Jerusalem

Foodies scouring the Mission for the ultimate taco shouldn't overlook this outpost of Middle Eastern authenticity, complete with Dome of the Rock poster and pristine hummus that doesn't overdo the tahini. Get the cl…
Middle Eastern in The Castro & Noe Valley

La Méditerranée

Zesty, lemon-laced Lebanese fare at friendly prices makes La Méd the Castro's meet-up spot. Chicken kebabs on rice pilaf are pleasingly plump; the kibbe harmoniously blends pine nuts, ground lamb and cracked wheat; …
Turkish in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Mama's Secret

A delightful Turkish cafe where tables spill from a cheery interior onto the sidewalk. The gyro is wrapped in freshly baked lavash, the burger is made with a Mediterranean meatball patty, and gozleme (flat breads) a…
Iranian in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Shamshiri

One of a string of Persian kitchens, these guys bake their own pita which they use to wrap chicken, beef and lamb shwarma, kebabs and falafel served with a green, shirazi or tabouli salad. They also do broiled lamb …
Middle Eastern in San Fernando Valley

Baklava Factory

Hidden in the Encino sprawl, it’s easy to miss this tiny pastry shop, but if you enjoy sweet, light, nutty, syrupy, crunchy desserts, you shouldn’t. These folks do baklava right: all-natural with pistachios and waln…
Middle Eastern in San Diego

Bandar

Exotic spices and fragrant cooking make this white-tablecloth Persian–Middle Eastern a favorite for giant kebabs and salads that zing with flavor. Come hungry: portions are huge.
Middle Eastern in Davis

Sam's Mediterranean Cuisine

Delicious and cheap shawarma and falafel made this little house with a green awning a university institution.