Dune

Restaurants, Mediterranean Atwater Village
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Dune
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Falafel at Dune

The whole city seemed to collectively freak out with the arrival of Dune, a small falafel joint from Scott Zwiezen of Elf Cafe. The Atwater Village eatery still draws a consistent crowd, with a line that quickly spills out the door and hungry diners hovering over the few places to sit. And yet, it's totally worth the wait. Dune's menu is small; sandwiches include falafel wrapped in house flatbread, lamb with lemon turmeric yogurt, and pickled beets and feta on ciabatta, all around $8-$10 and all made with unbelievably fresh ingredients. There are plates available with hummus, and sides that include tabbouleh. To drink, a killer kombucha fizzles with fragrant rosewater notes. Oh, and the falafel? Crisp on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and yup, it's pretty much perfection.

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Venue name: Dune
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Address: 3143 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles
90039
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm
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I've been a big fan of Elf (Dune's sister, vegetarian restaurant in Echo Park) since I moved to LA 5 years ago. It's small, smells amazing, the staff is sweet and the food is rich, fresh and savory. I was over the moon when I heard Elf was opening a little Mediterranean-inspired outpost in Atwater. I couldn't wait to try the lamb (is it just me or is there a serious shortage of lamb schwarma in this city?), but surprisingly, the beet and feta sandwich is my favorite. After I'm sated, I walk across the street to browse around at Individual Medley or head north on Glendale to pick up a crystal or some incense at the Crystal Matrix (lay off me, it's SoCal).

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Dune popped up one day in Atwater Village and promptly changed our minds on what we thought amazing falafel tastes like. The menu, which started off scarce, has continued to grow and this hole-in-the-wall has definitely made a name for itself as a rising star in Los Angeles' burgeoning nuevo-Mediterranean culinary explosion. The falafel is top notch, like, really good. But don't go neglecting the lamb, because it is delicious and, quite frankly, off the chain as well. Dune is just another fantastic reason to visit the already awesome Atwater.