Mezze: Arabian Nights

Farm Egg ShakshoukaFarm Egg Shakshouka, yogurt, sweetbread, pita at Mezze.; Credit: Anne Fishbein

And so when Mezze opened in West Hollywood in March 2011, in the spot formerly home to David Myers’ Michelin-starred Sona, modern Middle Eastern is what the pair served. Still, Wexler defines Mezze as a Californian restaurant. The flavors of Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Morocco guide his efforts, but like most great New American cooking, there’s a playfulness and fluidity here that keeps the food from being defined as traditional in any way. In other words, you won’t find hummus on the menu. Read the story.