BEST FLOWERY, FLOWING SALAD BAR IN AN ISRAELI RESTAURANT (2009)

Itzik Hagadol

People frequent Itzik Hagadol (Isaac, the Great in Hebrew) for the famed meat skewers, but the real appeal is the incredible, beautiful, delicious, fresh, in your face, never-ending flow of salads. Purchase one skewer (get the veal-lamb kebabs, everything else is bland) and, for an additional $8.99, you're entitled you to 20 different kinds of Mediterranean salads, which will be arranged on your table in small dishes, creating a colorful shape of a flower. Try them all, but the stars are the Morrocan carrots; thinly diced Israeli salad; Turkish salad; and the Matbucha — a Morrocan creation of ground, fresh tomatoes. The waitresses pile the salads on until you beg for mercy, but don't stop until just before you ask for the check. Anything left on the table is yours to take home! 17201 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 784-4080.

—Nimrod Erez

Location Details

17201 Ventura Blvd.
Encino CA 91316
818-784-4080

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