FOOD SCOOPS: URBAN GARDEN

Leave it to expert restauranteur George Abou-Daoud to take fast casual to a whole ‘nother level. Inspired by his mother’s home cooking, the NYC transplant’s new spot on Fairfax is currently churning out some of the freshest, tastiest Mediterranean cuisine in Los Angeles. Featuring a diverse menu of combinable dips, sides, meats, salads or pita wraps, Urban Garden has a little something for everyone; and as delicious as it is, you’ll be surprised to find that a meal here won’t hurt your wallet or your diet.

There are a ton of vegan options on the menu—including the masterfully fried chickpea and quinoa falafel, which maintains a delicate, not-too-greasy texture and rich flavor. But omnivores will have their needs met as well, with juicy lamb shawarma, lemon herb crispy skin rotisserie chicken, or beef kefta rolls. And whether you like things spicy or mild, you’ll be find a whole range of complex flavors built from fresh local herbs and authentic imported spices. Wash it all down with a cold rosewater lemonade for a uniquely refreshing experience.

 

Everything from Urban Garden’s kitchen is made fresh daily from locally sourced produce, with organic chickpeas forming the basis of delicacies like babaganoush, hummus and falafel. You can choose from traditional, spicy, or sun-dried tomato hummus, which are all great paired with the thick, tangy lebneh yogurt and some fresh-baked whole wheat or traditional pita.

 

The only 100% lamb shawarma in Los Angeles; it’s incredibly flavorful and juicy, covered in a tangy marinade that pairs well with the eggplant babaganoush, tahini or even a little garlic sauce.

The rotisserie chicken is great to pick up for a family-style dinner. You can get a half-chicken for just $8 or the whole bird for $12 served with your choice of sauce. Add sides of rice, salad, spicy cauliflower or garlic potatoes to make it a meal.

Everything is available all wrapped up for a hand-held meal.

 

Stuffed grape leaves–a zesty, healthy classic.

 

 

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