Attari Sandwich Shop

1388 Westwood Blvd.
Westwood, CA 90024
310-441-5488
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Simone Paz

Details

  • Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The eggplant is one of the great culinary obsessions of our time. There are many ways to love it: breaded and fried and smothered with marinara and mozzarella; cooked to a sweet, spicy, glorious smoosh in a Cantonese stew; dry-fried with Sichuan peppercorns and mounds of chilis. But right now the eggplant that tugs at our hearts most violently is the kashke bademjan at Attari Sandwich Shop in Westwood's Tehrangeles. Sweet, rich, tangy blended eggplant comes topped with a blanket of crunchy fried shallots and milky whey. It's served with squares of Persian flatbread, which are like pita but thinner, and therefore less distracting, allowing your full attention to be given to the bademjan, perhaps eggplant's perfect expression. Attari is known, rightfully, for its sandwiches, served with tart pickles on French bread. You can get a tongue sandwich, or brains, or chicken if you'd like, though the tongue is far better. On most days, the leafy patio out front is filled with Persian families — recently we were there on a rare cold, rainy day, and everyone in the room was huddled over bowls of osh, the warming barley soup full of herbs and the bitter undertone of fenugreek. Pure comfort. A few weeks back, a friend left her car out front for a quick minute to rush inside and grab one of those tongue sandwiches to go. She returned to a parking ticket, of course. "It was worth it; for that tongue sandwich, it was worth it," she sighed.

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