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A plate of rotisserie chicken with hummus and a side salad and pita on a yellow tray.
Kismet Rotisserie
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Inside Kismet’s Sunny New Los Feliz Rotisserie Chicken Stand

The Los Feliz restaurant offers chicken, sides, pitas, and warm smiles

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.

Chefs Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer aren’t trying to save the world with their new Kismet Rotisserie in Los Feliz; but maybe serving quality, easy food to a hungry neighborhood is a step in the right direction.

The new standalone restaurant, with its cream and sunny yellow tones, opens Wednesday with a menu of slow-cooked basics like whole and half chickens, plus salads, pita sandwiches, sides, and lots of stuff for the kids. This is the former Yuca’s on Hollywood, but done up in classic funky Kismet fashion, including house plants, big pops of color, and plenty of fun.

As for the menu — shown below — Hymanson and Kramer say they’re aiming for something simple and reliable and meant for all ages. Quarter chickens start at $8 ($32 for a whole), and sides include a $4 wedge salad, curried cauliflower, cucumbers, and shaved carrots, plus potatoes fried in chicken schmaltz and a variety of spreads from tahini and hummus to chili oil and that ubiquitous fast casual chicken staple: garlic spread.

A white and yellow building housing a rotisserie restaurant.
The standalone building

Chicken further takes center stage in pita sandwiches and salads, and there’s even smaller versions for the little ones on the adorably-named “kidsmet” portion of the menu. Tahini chocolate chip cookies and halvah pudding cups round out the offerings.

For now, Kismet Rotisserie is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (starting tomorrow, January 15), with lots of room for grab and go meals and a couple dozen outdoor seats as well. The plan is to grow into delivery via the usual apps in a few weeks, and to immediately offer catering for large groups. After all, Hymanson and Kramer (who also own nearby sit-down restaurant Kismet and Downtown’s Kismet Falafel) are just out to serve as many people as they can.

Tote bags and plants and green stools inside a small new white-painted restaurant.
Two hands pour fresh juice into a plastic cup from a spout.
An order window at a new restaurant with house plants hanging above.
The ordering counter and pickup window at a new rotisserie restaurant, with menu board hanging in back.
A colored menu for a new rotisserie restaurant hangs inside.
The colorful menu
A line of rotisserie chickens that have just been cooked still hang on their bar.
A man in black gloves cuts a rotisserie chicken.
Prepping the chicken
A spoon pulls up greens and chicken from a takeaway soup container.
Chicken soup
A variety of colorful sides at a rotisserie restaurant.
All the sides
A person holds potatoes and is dipping into a sauce.
Potatoes and dips
An open pita sandwich with soft eggs and greens inside.
The sandwich
Jammy eggs and greens inside a pita sandwich in the sun.
Veggie sandwich
Two hands move around fresh chocolate chip cookies on a blue plate.
Signage and outdoor seating for a new white-painted rotisserie chicken restaurant.
A big yellow sign shows off the name of a rotisserie chicken restaurant.

Kismet Rotisserie

4666 Hollywood Boulevard, , CA 90027 (323) 400-3700 Visit Website
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