"This part of the San Fernando Valley has always had a pretty good community of Middle Eastern restaurants"
Always? How long have you lived in LA? Two months?
"Every table seems to have at least one mezze sampler, stocked with things like falafel, the little cheese-stuffed spring rolls called rekakat, football-shaped kibbeh stuffed with meat and pine nuts, spinach- and sour sumac-stuffed pies called fatayer, and a bracingly fresh tabbouleh salad."
You don't know your culinary terms or how to describe dishes.,