I know it’s been a while but I have finally ventured back out into my neighborhood to try more Mediterranean offerings in Montebello. Check out the first spot in this entry.
The next spot is Krazy Kabobs. From their website, Krazy Kabobs looks pretty nice and welcoming but my first impression was not the same.
I’ve noticed this spot before but it is so hidden and no one else mentions it that I forget it is even there. Krazy Kabobs sits at the end of a strip mall and is pretty much blocked from street view by Chela’s Tacos in front of it (the former Taco Bell on Beverly Boulevard).
I parked in front of the barbershop next door and went in through the first door I saw.
When I stepped inside I saw it was like a small market and deli. I didn’t see anyone inside, customer or employee, at first. Then a woman came out and asked what I wanted. (I’m sure her courtesy was lost in translation).
I asked her if they have food-to-go and she gave me a confused, bewildered look. Finally a younger man came out and I asked him the same thing. He said that they do and they serve it next door.
I gave him a confused look. I hesitantly walked to my right towards where he pointed.
Apparently there was a separate entrance to the same building. But the other entrance leads you to some tables and chairs and to a counter with a menu of Mediterranean food complete with pictures.
All the pictures looked delicious. They offer everything from salads and small lunch plates to dinner servings and family meals.
I went with the pork kabob plate – a skewer of tender pork marinated in a secret Armenian recipe, salad, basmati (armenian rice) or rice pilaf and a choice of one appetizer for $8.99.
Appetizer offerings were hummus, babaganoush, red kidney beans, tabouleh, shirazi salad, Mediterranean pasta, stuffed grape leaves and more.
I went with the basmati and the pasta – very tasty mixture of rainbow colored pasta and red onions in an olive oil mixture.
I guess I was their only customer for hours, it took a little longer because they had to warm up the grill.
It was fine with me because I was entertained by the news on the flat-screen television in the dining area. The only thing bothering me was the big industrial fan blowing in my face and making my contacts dry out. It was hot and this helped keep the place cool but it was on the floor and right in my face as I watched the t.v.
I took a break from the television and the fan to peruse the little market offerings of the store. I saw some baked goods packaged and ready for sale. They reminded me of a little bakery I lived next to on San Fernando Road in Glendale.
I loved going to get some of those fresh baked goods about once a week. I can’t say if they were Armenian baked goods but they were tasty. Some flaky with white powdered sugar, others with a slightly sweet mixture with nuts rolled into a soft dough.
I was curious to see if they were anything like I remembered and grabbed a small container of the sweet nut filled dough when I paid for my meal.
When I did get around to having myself a serving of the baked goods I must admit they were a little dry and not what I remembered from the bakery in Glendale. I’ll keep trying.
After tasting the basmati at the Garden Grill down the street, Krazy Kabobs was more moist and flavorful. Definitely my favorite so far. I couldn’t stop scooping it up.
Even though it was quite a wait for my meal, in the end I was glad they took their time on the pork because it was perfectly cooked, tender and moist and the seasoning was delicious.
This is only my second stop on my Mediterranean dining train around Montebello but Krazy Kabobs gets my vote. Next time I’ll order over the phone though and I’ll go in through the second door.
Krazy Kabobs has an extensive menu available online and they do catering. They are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Call (323) 725-2929 for more information and to order or visit www.krazykabobs.com .
UPCOMING STOPS ON THIS MEDITERRANEAN TOUR OF MONTEBELLO: ANI’S CHICKEN and ZANKOU CHICKEN.
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