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Tabouli, 2930 Devine Street #B: Early October 2010   3 comments

Posted at 12:54 am in restaurants

I've written about this spot on Devine Street in the Momo's, Half Moon, Za's plaza two other times, first for Al-Amir, and then for Saffron. Curiously, all three were middle-eastern restaurants.

I liked Al-Amir (which is still around at 3 other locations), never got around to Saffron and generally liked Tabouli though from time-to-time it had some rough edges. It was a little variable, and over the last few months they made some odd choices -- for instance, their namesake salad used to be served on a flat elliptical plate with a nice slice of leaf lettuce on top and a lemon wedge for squeezing, but the last few times I got it, it was glopped into a cereal bowl with no lettuce or lemon. I do have to say that the last time I went there, in late September, I had the feeling that there was some kind of staffing problem ongoing in the kitchen and there seemed to be a lot of to-and-froing to produce a plate of falafel. That said, it was a nice place for long lunches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. (And often, the owner, or manager perhaps, would take a personal interest and offer a free sample of something or bring out hot tea).

I'm not exactly sure when they closed. As I said above, they were open in late September, but I noticed the place dark Thursday night when I stopped by Za's. As it was fairly early in the evening, I suspected the worst, and going back at prime-time Friday confirmed it. There's no note of any kind on the door, but calling the phone number gives a "this number has been temporarily disconnected" message. Perhaps the "temporarily" is some sign for hope, but in that case I would have expected a explanatory note on the door...

UPDATE 19 September 2011 -- Well, I didn't see this one coming! Al Amir is to return to this spot:

Written by ted on October 16th, 2010

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3 Responses to 'Tabouli, 2930 Devine Street #B: Early October 2010'

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  1. Business must have been better at the 7-11 ------

    Mike

    16 Oct 10 at 6:48 pm

  2. Good riddance. A sorry replacement for Al-Amir, whose "rough edges" included an openly hostile attitude from the owners with poor service to match. It stands to follow that staffing problems and the resulting death spiral would ensue.

    Will.not.be.missed.

    Barry

    19 Oct 10 at 1:11 pm

  3. I was waiting for this one. When I was at USC my marketing class had to do projects for local businesses that were flagging, and they were one of them.

    Ryan

    28 Nov 10 at 10:28 pm

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