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Moura's Cafe - cheap Lebanese in Inglewood

M3 Pete | Aug 17, 200406:42 PM

It's not much to look at, sitting hard by Florence Avenue with a view of the electrical substation across that busy street, the patio separated from the street only by a wall with plexiglass "windows." But if you happen to find yourself in the area (Florence Ave. between La Cienega and Manchester) the food is terrific.

I instantly thought of Jonathan Gold's Counter Intelligence column when I came here, this is a true hole-in-the-wall kind of place, with counter seating inside, and a patio it shares with a mexican food joint next door, in an industrial park. But owners Moura and Salim are very friendly and put together a steam table of wonderful Lebanese eats, and will also grill kebabs to order. I told them I wanted whatever was really good, and they put together a massive steam table combo plate for me. I had chicken, okra, pilaf, hummus, taboulleh, falafel, cauliflower, vegetables, salad and pita, plus a fresh lemonade that had the perfect blend of zip and sweet. The food had the wonderful aroma of middle eastern spices, the chicken was nicely seasoned and moist, with perfectly done skin. It was all so good that I ate it all and was stuffed. But the desserts looked pretty good, so I had something whose name I forget (kaftini, maybe?), it looked like shredded wheat atop pistachio meats drenched in sugar syrup. Not your typical baklava (althought they have that too), it was really nice, the pistachios had almost a flower-like taste to them. I topped off this large and wonderful meal with a Turkish coffee. Total price: $12. A true bargain for the amount of food I had.

Maybe it's not worth a special trip, but if you are in the area, it's well worth stopping in for lunch, particularly if funds are low. Don't bring your snooty friends though, this place gets about a zero on the decor scale.

Moura's Cafe
1120-A West Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

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