Before diving into the best dishes of 2014 for my annual roundup, I have one final restaurant to review: Falafel Arax.
The Astronomer, my mom, and I made our way here for dinner while Baby Girl was still stuck in the hospital. While we would’ve preferred to bring our sweetie home straightaway, we couldn’t have asked for better dining options around the hospital. We’re all about the silver lining around here.
For well over 25 years, Falafel Arax has been dishing up Armenian delights in the heart of East Hollywood’s Little Armenia. Our dinner began with a requisite helping of beet-stained pickled turnips and potent pepperoncinis.
I ordered the “Arax Combo” ($11), a well-portioned platter that included three falafel, a heap of shawarma, and an iceberg and tomato salad drenched in tahini.
While the shawarma had its beefy, charred charms, it was the unbeatably light and well-spiced falafel that won the table’s hearts.
I requested some garlic sauce (not pictured) to slather on the slab of warm pita served on the side. While the sauce was too intense for Mom and The Astronomer, I could not get enough of its garlicky goodness.
The Astronomer’s lamb tongue sandwich ($8) was as sensational as The J. Gold promised. The toasty bread gave way to tender and rich hunks of stewed tongue. Delicious!
Mom went with the shish kebab sandwich ($7.50) and was quite pleased with her selection, especially with the addition of pepperoncinis. The seemingly skimpy pita held on to the contents with aplomb.
For dessert, The Astronomer insisted on ordering more falafel ($.60 per piece), so that’s what we did.
5101 Santa Monica Boulevard, Ste. 2
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2479
One year ago: Bakeshop – Portland
Two years ago: Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant – Los Angeles (Long Beach)
Three years ago: The Walrus and the Carpenter – Seattle
Four years ago: Seared Gnocchi with Green Olive Sauce
Five years ago: Pink’s Hot Dogs – Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
Six years ago: Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks – Corona
Seven years ago: Bánh Mì Lá Lốt @ Xóm Đạo
Eight years ago: The Great American Detox Diet – Alex Jamieson