While an array of respectable Persian restaurants can be found in Little Tehran on Westwood Boulevard, the area's best-kept secret is LaZiz Grill, where many of the same Iranian entrees can be enjoyed at almost half the price. It's to-go only, and concealed within Super Sun Market, but you can take home such menu mainstays as beef or chicken koobideh, meatballs (koofteh), pomegranate-walnut stew (fesenjan) or chicken or beef kebabs at a fraction of the sit-down prices elsewhere. LaZiz's flexible menu allows ordering main dishes “family-style,” in which they'll separate the entrée from the included sides and even replace the default basmati rice with bread or salad at no extra charge. Do the math: The saffron chicken at $7.99 makes a splendid meal for two — a per-capita bargain.
Credit: Jeffrey Burbank