Post after post on this board, restaurant after restaurant, I have tried to find authentic Near Eastern Food in SoCal. I hit every single place. Usually twice. Even if it was two hours away...
Yesterday I was just picking up food 1 mile from my home in Agoura Hills at Cafe 14 and I happened to see this place. I stopped in and looked at the menu, not even knowing what type of restaurant it was... I instantly recognized the menu as Southern Turkish / Kurdish. (It is a Kurdish restaurant, owned by an Iraqi Kurd, as it turns out.) Although I had already ordered food and picked it up from Cafe 14, I thought, "one more main course can't hurt." I ordered the standard 'Levant Kebob' -- at a Turkish restaurant it would be called 'Beyti' -- essentially an adana kebab in lavash bread topped with tomato-butter sauce and garlic yogurt. (*Somewhat* similar to Iskender, if you've had that.). Got it home... WOW. This is one of the very best examples of this very standard dish I have ever had. If the other food lives up to this (going back tonight), that makes this, imo, the best Near Eastern / Middle Eastern restaurant in SoCal... and it is only one mile from my home in Agoura Hills. Just off the 101 at the Reyes Adobe exit. I'm SO excited!
The restaurant has only been open 3 months, so check it out! And I'll report back more tonight after I've had more of the menu...
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