Itz Kosher: Homey Israeli-Moroccan Restaurant in Studio City [CLOSED]

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Itz Kosher is a charming mother-son operation in a San Fernando Valley strip mall.

So much for the Sabbath. The Jewish day of rest that lasts sundown-to-sundown from Friday through Saturday thwarted our initial efforts to eat at Itz Kosher. However, we eventually timed our visit right, enjoying dinner at a recent Studio City find from LA Times writer Linda Burum. The homey Israeli-Moroccan restaurant from Esther Adir and son David was worth our second attempt.

The glass-fronted strip mall space is spare, with nearly bare walls, a limited number of tables and an open kitchen.

Israeli Food Los Angeles

Our meal began with a surprising but welcome salad trio: crunchy cole slaw, crinkle-cut beets seasoned with cumin, and carrots spiked with Moroccan spices.

Falafel Los Angeles

We began in earnest with a Falafel Plate ($6.95) featuring four crispy, parsley-flecked chickpea cakes.

These weren’t the pillowy wonders found at restaurants like Elena’s or Sahara Falafel, but I enjoyed were them nonetheless. We spooned on sesame-rich tahina sauce and enjoyed the central pile of basic but tangy Israeli salad featuring diced cucumber and tomato.

Merguez Sausage Los Angeles

Merguez ($9.95) – spicy Moroccan sausages – could have featured snappier skins, but we enjoyed the juicy forcemeat and layered flavor.

The sausages were redolent of spices like cumin, paprika and cayenne. They came with paprika-dusted hummus that the chef drizzled with olive oil. Cuts of sausage melded well with the hummus when folded with fluffy pita, which came from a local bakery.

Moroccan Food Los Angeles

We bypassed kabobs in favor of a daily special, Moroccan Meatballs ($12.95).

Dense beef meatballs were infused with addictive turmeric sauce. So were the tender green beans, celery sheets and potatoes. Our meal came with a choice of two sides, and we opted for steamed white rice and potatoes that would work just as well at breakfast, pan-fried with olive oil and onions.

The menu at Itz Kosher wasn’t especially deep, but Burum (and our waitress) hinted at other treasures that appear at the restaurant on the chef’s whim. Given that, and our initial exposure, we plan to return for a second helping.


Joshua Lurie

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Blog Comments

Question regarding the falafel.
Might the Greek Armenian, Israeli, and Egyptian cultural differences, however close yet far apart, explain the varying nature of preparation?

Carter, your point about falafel’s cultural differences is a good one. The spicing and shape can both vary, depending on the type of restaurant.

Merguez and hummus wrapped in a pita? Think this combination is going to give some garlicky chicken combination I know a run for its money. ha ha.

nice find as always.

Glutster, the merguez and hummus don’t come wrapped in pita. It’s a wrap-it-yourself situation, but easy to assemble. Enjoy if you go.

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