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Pakistani Legend Zam Zam Market Makes Triumphant Return in Hawthorne

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Holy Hawthorne! After being forced out of their longtime address in Culver City, the beloved Pakistani shop Zam Zam Market has returned, this time to a location quite a ways away in the South Bay.

As of this past Tuesday, all of your favorite Zam Zam dishes like biryani and lamb pulau can now be had from a strip mall location at the corner of Inglewood and 137th St. By the looks of things, they’ve taken over the Al-Watan halal meat market (not Al Watan the restaurant, which is also nearby).

Just over a year ago, Midtown Lunch reported that the local favorite (it was always a hit with congregants from the nearby mosque) would be suspending operations thanks to a hike in the rent. Even at that time a relocation to Hawthorne was rumored — and again referenced in this Chowhound post from September — but only now have the details truly been ironed out. Zam Zam’s Facebook page lists the new address, saying they will be keeping daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

While the new location certainly isn’t ideal for all the folks who used to be able to walk to their previous storefront in Culver City, a short trip down the 405 seems a small price to pay for this level of Pakistani food.

Zam Zam Market
13649 Inglewood Ave.
Hawthorne, CA