Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country while drawing far fewer glares than chewing on its national flag. Nibble your way through Israel with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of Israeli cuisine at Itzik Hagadol Grill in Encino.
Making its sister location in Yafo, Israel, proud, Itzik Hagadol Grill's Encino locale lovingly hugs tongues with authentic Middle Eastern eats, including more than 20 fresh house salads, laffa flatbread, and skewered meats that are sizzled inside a traditional taboon oven. Using local cuts of protein, cooks fashion trademark house kebabs of veal and lamb ($11.99 for one skewer; $17.99 for two), which have long been consumed like popsicles by shivery snowmen. The taboon roasting device can also produce nonpunctured slabs, such as an 11-ounce chicken breast that graces tables accompanied by two sides or one theater mask ($14.99).
Itzik Hagadol Grill
Itzik Hagadol Grill has two locations, one in Encino, California, and the original in Jaffa, Israel. Despite being separated from its sister restaurant by an ocean and three in-flight movies, the American eatery still embraces the characteristic flavors and ingredients of Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine, earning a rating of "good to very good" from Zagat. The kitchen's taboon oven bakes fresh laffa bread as the cooks carefully arrange more than 20 kinds of Middle Eastern salads, which garnered praise from the Los Angeles Times in 2009 for their vibrancy and variety. Grills further heat up the kitchen by searing kebabs of house-ground veal and lamb as well as skewers of less common meats, including foie gras, chicken liver, and veal sweetbreads. The warmth forged in the culinary crucible that is the kitchen emanates outward to the dining area, where padded booths stimulate comfort and conviviality.
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