The flavors of Soumarelo are Armenian and Mediterranean, and delicious, says judybird. Beef shawarma is flavorful and herbaceous. Ekra, a kind of eggplant caviar, is mashed with peppers and tomatoes—good enough to eat plain or as a dip. Potatoes, deep-fried with onions, come with a fine dusting of cheese on top—it’s addictive stuff. Like Zankou, they also have roast chicken with garlic paste.

Soumarelo [Pasadena-ish]
1090 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena

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