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A Kismet Los Angeles

A Kismet Los Angeles

Kismet Los Angeles

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There’s a very specific feeling when some of your favorite things get together - a mixture of “f*ck yes!” and “I’m very nervous that this is all going to go to shit.” Like when your best friend from high school and your best friend from college become a couple. Or the time Gloria Estefan decided to do a song with NSync. Kismet is a combination of several excellent LA restaurants - the chefs from Madcapra run the kitchen, and the team from Animal, Son of a Gun, and Jon & Vinny’s help with everything else. But unlike the ramen burger, Kismet is a combination of great things that actually works.

The menu is what you’d expect from a modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Feliz - lots of vegetables, a general feeling of health, and food that wants you to take its picture using the depth effect feature on your impractically large iPhone. But don’t take any of this to mean that Kismet is scene over substance. The food here is really damn good. Like the little triangle-shaped lemony chicken pies, and the broccoli toast subbing in for the usual avocado, and the bread. We could write a thinkpiece on the various kinds of bread at Kismet alone. We won’t, but someone probably will. (Source: www.theinfatuation.com)

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Diners come in all day between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the daytime and dinner menus of family-style Middle Eastern food, which has ingredients sourced from local farmers whenever possible. Must-try staples include flaky bread with labneh, lemon, and honey; the lemony chicken-and-pine-nut pie; and the Persian cucumber salad. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the restaurant's version of happy hour, with $10 glasses of wine. If you don't want to wait in line, especially around peak dinner hours, reservations are a must—plan early, though, because this is a place that books up weeks in advance.

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We’re assuming that this gang of people has some proprietary secret sauce locked away in a safe somewhere, because they’ve opened yet another restaurant that all of LA wants to hang out in. The space is like a lighter, brighter Jon & Vinny’s (with somehow even more straight-from-the-sauna blonde wood), and obviously there’s an excellent soundtrack. It’s slammed from lunch through happy hour through dinner, although we’ve had some low-key breakfasts here too. You can (and should) be driving across town for the giant platter of rabbit, but Kismet already feels like a local’s spot that’s been around for years. (Source:

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The menu is what you’d expect from a modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Feliz - lots of vegetables, a general feeling of health, and food that wants you to take its picture using the depth effect feature on your impractically large iPhone. But don’t take any of this to mean that Kismet is scene over substance. The food here is really damn good. Like the little triangle-shaped lemony chicken pies, and the broccoli toast subbing in for the usual avocado, and the bread. We could write a thinkpiece on the various kinds of bread at Kismet alone. We won’t, but someone probably will. (Source: www.theinfatuation.com)

Garrett Snyder is a former staff writer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times. He previously edited the food sections of Los Angeles magazine and L.A. Weekly and has co-authored several cookbooks. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and believes in driving long distances for a good sandwich. About the chefs: Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Glasserie, Blue Hill) team up in Los Feliz with fellow chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) creating synergistic, modern Middle Eastern dishes “reimagined” for contemporary California.

For such a small area, Los Feliz a lot of excellent food. Here’s where you should stop on your lazy Sunday afternoon. (Source: www.theinfatuation.com)

 

 

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