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Wednesday 16 March 2022

Armenian BBQ

Tent and charcoal grill on Victory Blvd.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The stand is outdoors, allowing customers to socially distance as desired.

๐Ÿ“ 13032 Victory Blvd., Valley Glen, San Fernando Valley

If there were any positives that have come from two years of a pandemic, it might be all the charcoal-fired Armenian shashlik stands that have popped up in the Valley and Glendale. Some are outside of markets on weekends, some are on the side of busy avenues, but all of them are sending smoke signals to call in patrons from the area.

This father and son-run stand is a weekday afternoon operation, opening at noon Monday through Friday and while they technically say 5:30pm is closing time, they start to wrap up when the 4pm traffic rules on Victory Blvd. make parking more of an issue. Cars can still pull into a pedestrian entrance to the Tujunga Wash one at a time, where their van also finds its home to avoid ticketing.

Kabobs over the charcoal grill
Chicken lula, beef lula, and pork bbq kabobs.

It may seem like common sense but the importance of charcoal in the grill is equally important to the meat being used for most Armenians buying kabobs. There are certainly some brave restaurants that try to do without it, and results as always are mixed, but the flavor and char created are always a joy.

At Armenian BBQ, they put your meats over charcoal as they are ordered, so plan to stay a bit until they are fully cooked. The stand offers five options: two beef, two chicken, and one pork skewer. Each wrap is $12 except the beef filet which cost $15. Besides making sure both sides cook equally, there is not a lot for a skilled grill master to do when only one order is going late in the afternoon, so do not be surprised if he enjoys a cigarette while flipping your skewers.

A wrap in thin lavash

A nice thin and dusty piece of lavash bought from a nearby bakery is used for each wrap, which is tightly packed with tomato, parsley, sumac, and some various sauces including one they call "spicy." Answering the question "Do you want everything?" is probably the best move here, as all their options seem to add good flavors to each kabob.

As mentioned, this stand and others have popped up in the last two years. These wraps are just about the perfect pandemic food, with all the cooking and interactions happening outdoors and everything easy to eat in a hand held package.

Interior of pork bbq kabab
Section of pork bbq wrap.

Cross (eaten) section of chicken lule wrap
Bitten section of chicken lula kabob.


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