Against all odds, occupying the worst location in Hollywood, this place is still open after two years. I rarely see other customers there, but they're still open and there are always several people in the kitchen overseeing the actual cooking.
It's obviously a family operation, as there are often young kids hanging around doing homework or playing on the computer.
But the food is consistently well made and it's my go-to place for fast food Middle Eastern fare in the area (Marouch is the place for a sit down meal). Zankou and Al Wazir have been eliminated for a variety of reasons. And Chicken Dijon tastes too formulaic.
Last night I had the arayes plate at Western Chicken, which comes with hummus and turnip pickles. It was fresh tasting, nicely seasoned, and plenty of food. I saved some for this morning.
But one thing I've noticed, not just here, but also especially at Al Wazir: What happened to the pricing? It wasn't long ago that you could go into a Middle Eastern fast food place and have a meal for $5. Now you can't get out of there for less than $10. The last time I was at Al Wazir, it was $24. Somehow they got the notion that they could charge $5 for a quarter pound of hummus or babaganoush or tabouli. Hello.... this is chopped parsley. For $5? Well, I guess people must be paying it or they would change the pricing. But that's why I don't go to these places as often anymore.
Whew, I'm glad I got that off my mind. Anyway, Western Chicken is going strong, and more power to them.
1546 N. Western Ave. (between Hollywood and Sunset)
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