My L.A. resident brother introduced me to the Carnival some years ago on one of my trips from the "Frozen Tundra" of Wisconsin to the warm breezes of Southern California. I've eaten Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food all over the globe, and on balance, the Carnival sits atop the list -- Like the classic NY Yankees, Boston Celtics, and yes- - Green Bay Packers. The food is simple, flavorful, authentic. The owners are in a class of one - -suddenly appearing with a free bowl of this or that, and then sitting down for a chat. I note that the Carnival welcomes many varied ethnic Middle Eastern types, and they all load up with the classics, ranging from hummus to chicken shawarma- - and everything in between. The serving are uniformly mammoth- - and the "value" for your dollar is obvious. I can eat like a T-Rex, but I'm always asking for a carry-out box. Don't miss this place. It's big. It's ambiance is not posh, but who cares - - it's clean! It can be "happily noisy." And if you have to wait a bit for table, well worth it. The service from the long-time staff is flawless. It's unique in the truest sense of the word, and you WILL go back again and again and again.
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