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Alcazar

Map & Directions 17239 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
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818-789-0991
  • Lebanese, Middle Eastern
  • Sun 12pm-9pm, Tue-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available

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LA Weekly's Description

"Zahle in the Valley," a friend calls it, a bit of Mediterranean Lebanon in the middle of Encino: a shaded terrace of music, grilled mullet and bright coals of apple-scented tobacco burning in brass hookahs. The cooks are reportedly Egyptian and Lebanese, but the owner, a well-known Armenian crooner who sometimes sings here on weekends, is not above insisting on the chile-red Armenian version of hummus and the fluffy raw-beef dish kibbe nayeh to go along with the fried sea bass with fried pita and tahini; stuffed grape leaves, and a dish of sautéed chicken livers with pomegranate that are delicious enough to make you forget you don't necessarily like innards. The shish towook, grilled kebabs of extravagantly marinated chicken breast, is as good as a kebab ever gets. On weekends, ultrathin sajj bread, like lavash, is baked on the patio over a vast heated surface, wrapped around grilled meat or made into the thin, crisp, thyme-scented Arab quesadillas called kl'leg. Lebanon is famous for its red wine, but Alcazar, in the gentle levant of Encino, also serves oceans of arak, an anise-scented Lebanese liquor that turns milky when you stir it with ice and cool water.

 
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    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Greg S. on 05/09/10

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