Farida

6266 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323-498-5100
Farida

Anne Fishbein Mountain Prep lamb awarma, hummus bi tahini, 30-day cured eggplant makdous, nut and fig, sumac, soft egg, pickled turnip, feta, radish, beet chips

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  • Mon.-Fri., noon-11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 6-11 p.m.
If there is an unsung hero of the current Middle Eastern food trend sweeping the city, it is George Abou-Daoud. He was not the first person in L.A. to open a modern Middle Eastern restaurant. But his Bowery Bungalow, opened in Silver Lake in 2014, was an important addition to the scene, in part because Abou-Daoud is Middle Eastern. His new restaurant, Farida, is named for his Lebanese-Palestinian-Egyptian grandmother, and it aims to honor her legacy with food that nods to that broad heritage. The best meal I had at Farida was entirely vegetarian, and perhaps its most creative dish was the tahini toast, a sweet/savory mashup that reminded me of the insane after-school snacks I used to make as a teenager. A thin layer of tahini is drizzled with date jus, then topped with spicy cucumber and riced cauliflower. It's a lot of flavors yet somehow harmonious and delicious. Read our full review.

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