While you can certainly head to Akkad for solid kebab and shawarma platters, we’d recommend focusing more on the traditional Iraqi dishes. The kuzi, which is grilled lamb shank on a bed of rice mixed with almonds, raisins, and spices, is the best we've eaten in LA, and the ground beef and spice-filled kibbeh Mosul is an ideal centerpiece for a rainy day meal. That said, don't even think about leaving without an order of the perfectly crisp manti.

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