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Kazam! 18 Fantastic Kebab Restaurants in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapsla.jpgThere are meat on the sticks, and there are Middle Eastern meat on the stick. The "modern" form of kebabs can be traced to the Medieval time period during which Persian and Turkic soldiers stabbed and grilled meats with the swords. Here in LA, eating kebabs doesn't require a weapon, but the experience can be nearly as carnal and visceral. Listed below, 18 great kebab restaurants in Los Angeles.


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1. Darband

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19337 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 654-9918
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Darband is a SFV chainlet that specializes in dinner as entertainment. In various branches, belly dancers, lounge singers and karaoke can be found. However, the semi-formal settings and barg kabobs have been bringing people in for 10 years.

2. Darya

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12130 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Darya is well known in the neighborhood for the extremely interesting interior "design". However, the pricey barg and koobideh seems to make everyone around Sawtelle go ga-ga.

3. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

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1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 241-5730
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This now Glendale institution is nearly all Armenian, and hardly Greek at all. The small restaurant perpetually sports ridiculous lines, but the affordable kebab plates are worth the wait. When bored with meaty sticks, the quail will keep one entertained.

4. Farsi Cafe

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1916 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Farsi used to be located within the Super Sun Market. Since graduating into a larger (and rather modern) space, Farsi has made a new name in the neighborhood for its gheymeh and shishlik (racks of lamb). The chicken kabab here is available bone-in!

5. Gavar Restaurant

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420 Colorado Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 240-8081
Gavar is a newish Glendale banquet hall representation the Eastern Armenian flavors. It will skewer anything that's an edible protein. When in season, fresh pomegranate is an accompaniment. nothing is more tender than the veal kebab here.

6. Hye Cuisine

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2110 Whittier Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 278-0102
A spot for beautifully done pork kebabs.

7. Kabab Mahaleh

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8762 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 275-3000
While the massive ovens spitting out sangak clearly shows the strength of the kabob shops on Pico, Mahalah's fast casual service and brief menu allow customers to get their lenghty kosher koobideh kabobs at neck-break speed.

8. Kabob by Faraj

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8680 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
This kosher kabob (since '95) shop also happens to be a butcher. Though small in size, the meat counter prices are low, and the meat is basically guaranteed to be fresh.

9. Mini Kabob

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313 Vine St
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 244-1343
Due to the friendly matriach, Mini Kabob has always been a Yelp darling. In 2013, thanks to an La Weekly article, Mini Kabab absolutely blew up, so it is always wise to call ahead for the chicken kabobs.

10. Old Gyumri

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4441 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 550-0448
Gyumri is one the few "themed" restaurants in Glendale fit for Armenian celebratory parties. Here, the plates are enormous, and luleh kebabs are available in multiple of fives. For the pescatarian, there is a variety of grilled fish, and for potato fiends, there is the amazing beef stroganoff fries.

11. Original Kabob Factory

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1700 W Glenoaks Blvd, Unit D
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 500-9500
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OKF has become the Chipotle of kebabs in Glendale. The most modernly decorated fast-casual kebab restaurant in Glendale also offers all the meats to go for home grillers.

12. Robert's Russian Cuisine

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1601 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Frog legs? check. caviar? check. vodka, check, check, check. There aren't too many Russian restaurants in Los Angeles, and this one happens to be Armenian-Russian, and serves a variety of kebobs.

13. Sako's Mediterenean Cuisine

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6736 Corbin Avenue
San Fernando Valley, CA
(818) 342-8710
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The massive combination kebab plate at Sako's is impressive, but what truly stands out is iskender kebab, a Turkish take on doner kebabs.

14. Sangak Cafe

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8702 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 657-8272
Sangak Cafe is almost the companion restaurant to Kabob Mahaleh. The menus are near duplicates, as is the food (including the sangak, and the roasted tomatoes that accompany all the kabobs).

15. Simon's Cafe

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4515 Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 783-6698
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Because Simon's is a Moroccan restaurant, the juicy lamb kebabs served over cous cous. And if so desired, a combination of spicy merguez alongside the kebabs is available as well.

16. Taste Of Tehran

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1915 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
While Taste of Tehran's kebabs are standard (though rather large in portion), more homely dishes such as the wintery soup of ash rasteh and fesenjan demonstrates the true depth of Persian cuisine. The juicy chicken kebabs have helped ToT become the OKF of West Los Angeles

17. Varouj's Kabobs

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1110 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 243-9870
While the neighborhood loves this low key mom & pop shop for the kabobs, the menu gets down with raw beef in the form of chee kufta minced beef mixed with bulgur.

18. Zuma Kitchen

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1942 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 446-0055
Zuma Kitchen is a Turkish restaurant in the middle of Tehrangeles, hence it is also one of the few places to taste authentic Turkish kebabs (the iskender) in LA. It takes over Anatolia, but the ownership remains the same.

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1. Darband

19337 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Darband is a SFV chainlet that specializes in dinner as entertainment. In various branches, belly dancers, lounge singers and karaoke can be found. However, the semi-formal settings and barg kabobs have been bringing people in for 10 years.
19337 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

2. Darya

12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Darya is well known in the neighborhood for the extremely interesting interior "design". However, the pricey barg and koobideh seems to make everyone around Sawtelle go ga-ga.
12130 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

3. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
This now Glendale institution is nearly all Armenian, and hardly Greek at all. The small restaurant perpetually sports ridiculous lines, but the affordable kebab plates are worth the wait. When bored with meaty sticks, the quail will keep one entertained.
1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

4. Farsi Cafe

1916 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Farsi used to be located within the Super Sun Market. Since graduating into a larger (and rather modern) space, Farsi has made a new name in the neighborhood for its gheymeh and shishlik (racks of lamb). The chicken kabab here is available bone-in!
1916 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

5. Gavar Restaurant

420 Colorado Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91204
Gavar is a newish Glendale banquet hall representation the Eastern Armenian flavors. It will skewer anything that's an edible protein. When in season, fresh pomegranate is an accompaniment. nothing is more tender than the veal kebab here.
420 Colorado Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91204

6. Hye Cuisine

2110 Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, CA 90640
A spot for beautifully done pork kebabs.
2110 Whittier Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640

7. Kabab Mahaleh

8762 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
While the massive ovens spitting out sangak clearly shows the strength of the kabob shops on Pico, Mahalah's fast casual service and brief menu allow customers to get their lenghty kosher koobideh kabobs at neck-break speed.
8762 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

8. Kabob by Faraj

8680 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
This kosher kabob (since '95) shop also happens to be a butcher. Though small in size, the meat counter prices are low, and the meat is basically guaranteed to be fresh.
8680 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

9. Mini Kabob

313 Vine St, Glendale, CA 91204
Due to the friendly matriach, Mini Kabob has always been a Yelp darling. In 2013, thanks to an La Weekly article, Mini Kabab absolutely blew up, so it is always wise to call ahead for the chicken kabobs.
313 Vine St
Glendale, CA 91204

10. Old Gyumri

4441 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
Gyumri is one the few "themed" restaurants in Glendale fit for Armenian celebratory parties. Here, the plates are enormous, and luleh kebabs are available in multiple of fives. For the pescatarian, there is a variety of grilled fish, and for potato fiends, there is the amazing beef stroganoff fries.
4441 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204

11. Original Kabob Factory

1700 W Glenoaks Blvd, Unit D, Glendale, CA 91201
OKF has become the Chipotle of kebabs in Glendale. The most modernly decorated fast-casual kebab restaurant in Glendale also offers all the meats to go for home grillers.
1700 W Glenoaks Blvd, Unit D
Glendale, CA 91201

12. Robert's Russian Cuisine

1601 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Frog legs? check. caviar? check. vodka, check, check, check. There aren't too many Russian restaurants in Los Angeles, and this one happens to be Armenian-Russian, and serves a variety of kebobs.
1601 N LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Sako's Mediterenean Cuisine

6736 Corbin Avenue, San Fernando Valley, CA
The massive combination kebab plate at Sako's is impressive, but what truly stands out is iskender kebab, a Turkish take on doner kebabs.
6736 Corbin Avenue
San Fernando Valley, CA

14. Sangak Cafe

8702 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Sangak Cafe is almost the companion restaurant to Kabob Mahaleh. The menus are near duplicates, as is the food (including the sangak, and the roasted tomatoes that accompany all the kabobs).
8702 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

15. Simon's Cafe

4515 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Because Simon's is a Moroccan restaurant, the juicy lamb kebabs served over cous cous. And if so desired, a combination of spicy merguez alongside the kebabs is available as well.
4515 Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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16. Taste Of Tehran

1915 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
While Taste of Tehran's kebabs are standard (though rather large in portion), more homely dishes such as the wintery soup of ash rasteh and fesenjan demonstrates the true depth of Persian cuisine. The juicy chicken kebabs have helped ToT become the OKF of West Los Angeles
1915 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

17. Varouj's Kabobs

1110 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
While the neighborhood loves this low key mom & pop shop for the kabobs, the menu gets down with raw beef in the form of chee kufta minced beef mixed with bulgur.
1110 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

18. Zuma Kitchen

1942 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Zuma Kitchen is a Turkish restaurant in the middle of Tehrangeles, hence it is also one of the few places to taste authentic Turkish kebabs (the iskender) in LA. It takes over Anatolia, but the ownership remains the same.
1942 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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