Armenians from all over the world have settled in Southern California, centered around the cities of Glendale and Los Angeles. In LA, the diaspora of Armenians come from about 80 different regions around the globe, leading to an incredible diversity not only within the community but in the Armenian food scene as well. Sharing meals with chefs, academics, and others from the community, and learning to cook dishes in No Passport Required’s “Los Angeles” episode, host Marcus Samuelsson learns more about the history of the Armenian diaspora and how the food draws inspirations from myriad culinary traditions.
In addition to the restaurants mapped below, Samuelsson makes Armenian-inspired Texas barbecue — like basturma-smoked beef short ribs — with III Mas BBQ’s Arthur Grigoryan; shares bowls of khash at a Zorthian Ranch feast; and eats duck lule kebab, octopus shawarma, and chi kofte at a party with chefs Michael Kay Keshishian and S.T. Takvoryan.
Find all the restaurants visited in the episode in this map, and stream the full “Los Angeles” episode here.Read More