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If you've been to the B-V Shopping Center before, odds are it's been to munch on the Lebanese food at Hayat's Kitchen. The place is impeccable from start to finish, with creamy hummus and those addicting garlic fries to start you off with a bang and hearty bites of lamb shank to send you quietly into the night. The filet mignon shawarma is not only a delight, it's reasonably priced at $12. Or, if you're looking to overindulge, grab the 30-ounce Mix Grill, which comes with filets of beef, kafta, tawook and lots of grilled vegetables, all over an avalanche of rice. Lamb chops come in at $16, but you can easily leave Hayat's with a fully stomach and change from a $20 in your wallet.
In addition to the endless bounty that is Hayat's menu, the patio space and attentive waitstaff really seal the deal. Depending on the day, you'll find friendly locals enjoying hookah nearby under an umbrella, families wrangling their children into trying the kabob plates and the staff buzzing about, plates in hand, with smiles on their faces. For straightforward, fully realized strip mall dining in North Hollywood, it simply doesn't get better than this. Hayat's Kitchen opens daily at 11 a.m. and runs to 9:30 p.m. on most nights, 10 p.m. on Fridays. It also accepts credit cards. 11009 Burbank Blvd., Ste. #117, North Hollywood; 818-761-4656.
If you've never eaten the juicy, fall-apart burger goodness that is Fatburger (especially in the haze of a particularly lubricated late-night session), you should log off your computer immediately, think about what you've been doing with your life, and get thee to a Fatburger immediately. 11009 Burbank Blvd., #126, North Hollywood; (818) 760-6565.