If you live in LA, (I hope) this isn't a newsflash: Zankou Chicken rocks. But did you know that the original Zankou was opened in Lebanon in 1964? Or that one of the original owners shot and killed his sister, mom and then himself in 2003? Whoa.
Anyway, murders aside, Zankou's chicken chawerma plate sits high on the list of Erin's LA favorites. You gotta get the plate, because it's about the whole package--the warm pitas, the rich, creamy hummus, the tahini (sesame) sauce, and of course the garlic paste. For merely 50 cents, you can get an extra garlic paste to take with ya--keep it in your fridge and you can pleasantly transform boring weeknight meals into fabulousness.
My favorite location is the original--corner of Sunset and Normandie. Some on the review site Yelp have labeled this the "ghetto"--um, no. The only risk you'll run here is that of potent garlic breath. Have fun!
5065 W Sunset Blvd
corner of Normandie and Sunset
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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