65: Beef Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh
Koobideh Plate at Kabab Mahaleh
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
66: Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh.
On Friday afternoons, the Pico corridor is a happening place -- especially at Kabab Mahaleh, where the Persian Jewish community packs in for a lunch of turmeric-saturated ground meat skewers called koobideh, served with a trencherman's portion of sangak, baked sesame flatbread, roasted in tall ovens just behind the counter; a couple of charred plump tomatoes; raw onion; and a pile of aromatic lemon basil.
It's a pretty obscene deal for the neighborhood: A one-skewer plate with all the fixings costs around $6, plus you can add on zereshk polo, a dish of fragrant saffron-tinted rice and dark red barberries, for a few dollars more.
The best part occurs just after you place your order -- there is a din of Farsi as the cashier yells your order back to the cook. A large skewer of spiced ground meat hits the flame, and a long tongue of pale dough is rolled out and draped onto the oven. The smell is enchanting, and a few minutes later, your own freshly made platter arrives. It's a princely sensation for the price of a pauper.
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