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Elena's Greek Armenian

lil mikey | May 15, 2005 12:24 PM

After a discussion about which is better: Greek or Armenian food, we decided to try Elena’s, which bills itself as Greek/Armenian.

I called for reservations and evidently reached Elena herself, because she didn’t speak the English. After some commotion, a man came on the line and explained that I don’t need reservations, but if it was crowded just say I talked to him. As it turns out, we didn’t need reservations.

The patio is very nice, surrounded by jasmine for privacy from the street and a wonderful fragrance. It’s pretty low-tech. The furniture has been there a while.

There were lots of entrees to choose from, and all pretty much priced in the $5-10 range. There are a few more expensive, but those are basically combinations of the other stuff.

We ordered, and I quickly realized I should have splurged the extra buck to upgrade my dinner salad to a Greek salad. They add olives and feta, and it’s much more interesting than the regular dinner salad.

As an appetizer, we also ordered a falafel plate, which had 3 falafels and some tahini sauce. It was perfect, as we were 3 people. It was served with hot, fresh pita bread. And this pita bread was not your supermarket pita. The pieces were easily 14” across. I don’t think I’ve ever seen pita that big.

We ordered a variety of kebabs. I ordered the lulu/shish kabob combination. It was a lot of food. It was served with rice, sauce, a roasted tomato, and of course the pita. It was cooked perfectly, but very salty. I didn’t realize how salty it was until I got home and was chugging down water to quench the dry Saharan desert that was my mouth.

The chicken kebab was also quite salty, and was only dark meat. I prefer white meat, so I wasn’t thrilled with this one, but the wife liked it other than the saltiness.

I also like that purplish-black spice that you sprinkle over the rice. They had a shaker on each table, and I was liberal with it on my rice. It just makes it taste more vibrant. What is that stuff?

Overall a good meal, and cheap. We brought home the leftovers and had it for lunch the next day.

Elena’s Greek Armenian Restaurant
1000 South Glendale Blvd.
Glendale, CA
(818) 241-5730

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