One of the places we keep going back to in L.A. is Kismet. It’s a Turkish restaurant from female chef team Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson with healthy-ish food that is packed with flavor. They serve a lot of different marinated vegetables and greens, but our favorite dish is their “flaky bread,” the Middle Eastern malawach – a laminated dough that’s almost like roti in terms of thickness, layered like a croissant and super buttery. You can choose to have it served with sweet or savory sides, either with a soft-boiled egg, labneh, and tomato, or with honey, preserved lemon, and labneh. The off-menu fried chicken schnitzel sandwich is an absolute beast, with two pieces of thick, buttery brioche wrapping the chicken in a sweet, sweet hug. There’s some kind of aioli, some olive oil, and the perfect amount of acidity from a few pickles and veggies. Oh, and did we mention they have a great natural wine list?
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Anders Husa & Kaitlin Orr