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Tucked in a strip mall in Woodland Hills, just before you make the trip through Topanga Canyon on your way to the ocean, sits Bibi Sara. The name means “grandma's house” in Farsi, and the warmth of chef-owner Mostafa Motlagh, who is there cooking every day, makes you feel like part of the family. Serving Persian and Mediterranean food, the cozy space seats only about a dozen, but the take-out orders are nonstop. Nicely seasoned, tender and full of flavor, the ground beef kabob and the boneless chicken kabob are the standouts. They're served with a salad (Persian cucumbers, tomato and feta cheese) and pita bread and come atop a bed of rice (white, brown, cherry or barberry), leaving you happily full — the way a trip to grandma's house should. —Jacy Wojcik

4878 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 91364. (818) 914-5298, bibisararestaurant.com

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