Went to Carousel today, on Brand in Glendale. Impressive. Outdoor section, "patio" section that's covered but still lots of light, and a pretty big banquet hall type that's -- as one hound put it -- "themed but not too kitschy" with pics of Lebanon and swords on the wall. A nice place, definitely not a dive.
We got the the Veggie Appetizer Combo -- everything was amazing, especially the Baba Ganoush. Then beef and lamb kebabs done yogurt style. Absolutely delicious kebabs and the yogurt was rich and minty. I can't imagine a better middle eastern restaurant in the area. We left stuffed and happy. $50 for two very full guys.