Marouch

marouch-signIt’s been more than 16 years since I ate at Marouch in Hollywood.  Considered by many to be the finest Lebanese restaurant in Los Angeles, it has a Zagat rating of 29 out of 30 and is on Jonathan Gold’s, from Los Angeles Weekly, list of 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles.  I took Lauren there on our weekly outing day since she had never been and it was my turn to choose our weekly food related activity.  Marouch is located in a nondescript mini mall in Hollywood, surrounded by El Salvadorian bakeries and Armenian grocery stores.   After perusing the extensive lunch menu, we settled on ordering the Meza for two and the daily lunch special that we shared.  I and many others feel that Marouch makes the best Hummus in all of Los Angeles and we were not disappointed when it was served along with the other Meza items of Labneh, Spicy Sausage called Sugok, Kibbeh, Fried Cheese Fatayer and Tabbouleh salad.

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After feasting on these items, we were served the special which was an oven roasted ground meat with potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers over Basmati Rice.  Everything was simply and beautifully arranged on the serving dishes.  Their lunch specials change daily but if you like something in particular, you can call ahead of time and ask to have it prepared.  Although there were only 3 tables with diners when we went, our server was really attentive answering all of our questions about what each dish was and how it was prepared.  If you have a hankering for true Lebanese food, Marouch is the place to go in Los Angeles.

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