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Two Israeli places - Habayit in West LA and Jerusalem Garden in Sherman Oaks

David Boyk | Aug 15, 2002 11:18 PM

Last night, I had delivery from Habayit, an Israeli restaurant on Pico between Barrington and Bundy. Israeli food is pretty much the same as Lebanese, Jordanian, Armenian, etc. - hummus, tahini, falafel, shawarma, lamb, that kind of thing. I thought Habayit was a quite good example of this kind of cuisine. Everything was very flavorful; I especially liked the chicken. The pitas were a little thicker than I'm used to, which gave them a nice, chewy texture. The falafel was quite good, but not the equal of Pita Pita's.

A week ago, after a pointless meeting in the Valley, which lacked the promised dinner, I got myself a shawarma wrap at Jersualem Garden on Van Nuys and Ventura to comfort myself and fill my aching stomach. It was very good, filled with a lot of tasty and tender lamb, and not too goopy that I couldn't manage Beverly Glen at night while chowing one-handed. My baklava was decent, but overly sweet and not flaky enough. Again, the best baklava I'm aware of is at Pita Pita in Pasadena.

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