photo credit: Kobee Factory
Located in a tiny Van Nuys strip mall, Kobee Factory serves some of LA's best Syrian food. Most people call ahead for takeout, but around lunchtime you'll find a few locals in their pastel green dining room eating platters of rice-stuffed musadeen, hearty msabbaha dip, and warm bowls of kishik. Make sure to get an order of their namesake kobees, also known as kibbeh: tender, fried patties made from a mix of spiced beef, bulgur wheat and pines nuts. You also can't go wrong with their hummus-filled shawarma wraps or the crunchy, ping-pong-ball-sized falafel.