On Westwood south of Santa Monica Boulevard is the New Anatolia Café, a no frills Mediterranean restaurant and (soon to be) bakery. With only seven tables the space is dominated by the open grill/cooking station so you have a front row seat to watch your meal being prepared.
There aren’t a surfeit of Turkish restaurants in LA (though there are plenty of Lebanese and Persian) so this family owned spot became a must-try on The Monster’s hit list (which is long and never-ending). Nevermind the place lacks atmosphere…it has easy parking, a relatively cheap menu and is open insanely late to accommodate the nearby college crowd. Apparently the Turkish population has gotten the word because The Monster doesn’t understand half of the clientele in the place which is always a good sign.