Mezza Mediterranean Grill - Closed

9901 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310-202-7888

Details

  • $$
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available, Metered Parking, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
A pretty big percentage of the new places to eat in Culver City owe their existence either to the sleek-restaurant boom downtown or to the demand for halal food near the big mosque a couple of miles to the west. Mezza is where the two waves meet, a bustling new restaurant across from the Kirk Douglas Theatre, a center of Lebanese-style grilled kebabs, chicken shawarma and an impressive array of mezze, the Middle Eastern appetizers from which the restaurant takes its name: the usual hummus, baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves, but also more unusual things like batta harra, cubed potatoes sauteed with lemon and stunning quantities of garlic; fried eggplant with cauliflower; and a nice take on arayes, the thin Lebanese version of a hamburger. The aggressively spiced ground-beef kafta kebabs are especially nice. If you frequent restaurants like Sunnin, Alcazar and Marouch, you've tasted all of this before, but there's a compelling rusticity to the food - the chef apparently comes from the mountains of Lebanon rather than the cosmopolitan precincts of Beirut - and it's a great place to fall into after a movie.

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