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Lousin's Arakadz Cuisine

monkuboy | Nov 24, 200411:24 PM

I found out about this place on sangabrielvalleymenus.com. It's Armenian/Mediterranean cuisine and located at 336 N. Allen Ave in Pasadena (just south of the 210 freeway). Since the site had a coupon good for one free chicken kebab plate with the purchase of one, plus two beverages, my wife and I decided to try it out tonight.

It's just a small, plain-looking place in a mini-mini mall, and is a combo deli/takeout/dine-in establishment. We ordered our plates and the food turned out to be quite good. The chicken was very tender, juicy and flavorful. It was served on the typical bed of rice pilaf, along with grilled onions, tomato and pasilla chile (the same kind used for chile rellenos). They gave my wife a chopped zucchini and tomato salad, and me a red cabbage salad. Both were nicely spiced. There was also warm pita bread and they gave us each a baklava. While this is pretty much the standard kebab meal, we both found the food to be fresh, well-prepared and really tasty. The pepper was really hot - this was unexpected and I found myself sweating for a while with a burning mouth.

The owners are an older couple who seem to really enjoy what they are doing, and are very affable. They were preparing a turkey and stuffing (!) while we ate. We wouldn't hesitate to go back and try the other stuff. Part of the attraction is the very nice owners.

You can find the menu and prices at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com, along with the coupon I mentioned.

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