This family-run takeout shop in Glendale serves the city’s best Armenian-style kebab–and the best kebabs, period. Chef-owners Ovakim and Alvard Martirosya and their son, Armen, run this tiny kebab house together, turning out flawless, soulful food fueled by decades of skill and a lot of love for each other and their ancestral cuisine. There are generational recipes at play here, resulting in perfectly spiced lamb chops, chicken thighs, beef lule skewers and beef shish, all cooked to perfection over the stovetop grill in the pint-sized Glendale kitchen. Combo plates are exceptional and often large enough for two meals, but Mini Kabob also offers catering trays, if you really want to go big—and after just one taste, we’re sure you’ll want to from here on out. Tip: To cut down on wait times, which can stretch to a half-hour or more during busy periods, order ahead online.
One of the best ways to experience L.A.’s melting pot of cultures is by going out to eat in Glendale. The city is as well known for its Armenian bakeries and kebab houses as it is for dim sum spots and Italian delis. And while some may never go beyond the restaurants that surround the Americana, there’s plenty to explore throughout Glendale’s vast and complex neighborhoods. Check out our guide to the best Glendale restaurants for your next culinary adventure.
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