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Food for sharing

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Wondering where to take a large family out to eat in the Valley? I got an answer for you. Opened 1984 (just two years after I was born!), Carnival Restaurant serves up overflowing servings of Lebanese favorites like shawarma, humos, tabbouleh and kabobs. While on my way to work, I kept passing by the large sign on Woodman but never had the opportunity to park and get my fill of Mediterranean food--until just last week.

While the establishment itself shows a bit of wear and the service could be friendlier (the waitress seemed miffed that I had asked how one eats the pita bread appetizer), the food was immensely filling. Their combination appetizer plate (with humos, baba ghanoug, tabbouli salad and falafels) already looked like it could feed a small family, and we only got the small ($9.95). The chicken and kafta kababs were similarly generous and the side of buttery rice helped fill my gastronomic gas tank very quickly. We ended up taking home leftovers good for two days. Do your New Year diet a favor and just order one dish, which is already good for a couple.

Carnival is definitely the place to go for family-style dining within a great budget. Don't mind curt waitresses and bring an empty stomach. By the end of it, you'll have your "tank" full too.

Carnival Restaurant
4356 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


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