Eastern Mediterranean food includes Greek, Israeli, Turkish, and Lebanese influences, and is deliciously represented throughout the city of Los Angeles. From hole in the wall joints to decorated dining rooms, the range of Mediterranean options is vast. These are the restaurants where the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities of Los Angeles go to eat.
This hole in the wall has been feeding classic Middle Eastern food to the locals of Valley Village and surrounding neighborhoods for decades. The hidden gem which lies next to a magazine stand may be simple in décor, but is bold in flavors. Delicious shawarma, falafel, and schnitzel, accompanied by baba ghanoush and tabbouleh salads. It’s soul food Middle Eastern made to order, in a speedy fashion.
Pita Kitchen, 14500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403, United States +1 (818)-990-7006
A step up from the fast food kebab stands, Carnival offers very traditional Lebanese dishes with fresh ingredients and good service. The hummus chicken, lamb kababs, kibbeh rolls, and grape leaves are all star dishes. Great spot for families and accommodates well for pickup catering orders.
Carnival, 4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423, United States +1 (818) 784-3469
Practically an LA institution, this Greek market and kitchen has been serving the Greek community since 1948. The market acts as a Greek distribution center, where their famed spanakopita is now even available wholesale. Everything here is made from scratch, including their famous seasoning blend. Definitely the most authentic Greek specialties in town.
Papa Cristos, 2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90006, United States, +1 (323) 737-2970
Authentic Armenian and Lebanese dishes served in this attractive dining environment. The most upscale of the restaurants on this list, Carrousel is great for celebrations. Some menu highlights include fatayer, frii (Quail), soujouk flambé. Weekend dinners may sometimes be accompanied by belly dancers.
Carousel, 304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA, 91203, United States, +1 (818) 246-7775
Spitz has grown into a multi-location Mediterranean staple that serves up one of the freshest Turkish “doner” sandwiches in town. The Zesty Feta Doner is one of their signature sandwiches, featuring light lavash bread, zesty feta, and pepperoncini. Don’t forget to also try their mixed Street Car Fries with “The Works”: sweet potato and regular fries doused in garlic aioli, zesty feta, onion, green pepper, tomato, olives, pepperoncini, chili sauce, and choice of meat…it’s killer.
Spitz, 371 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA, United States, +1 (213) 613-0101
This post was originally written for The Culture Trip LA.