I know Zankou is an L.A. establishment, but not a Westside thing. Instead, we have our California Chicken Cafes in Santa Monica and in Venice. That’s where I go to get my quarter chicken with a side of butternut squash. But I went to Zankou one weekend in Pasadena, and suddenly I realized that there’s a reason the legend of Zankou is heard west of the 405: it’s outstanding, addictive stuff. That garlic sauce is one of the best food substances ever created.
Now there’s a Zankou’s on the Westside, at Sepulveda and Santa Monica. There’s a first-timer’s review at la.foodblogging as well, for those wanting a ground up review. For those of us on the Westside, who previously only had access to Zankou’s when visiting the Eastside, this comes as good news. It’s a little far from Venice, but now that particular rotisserie chicken is a lot closer than it used to be.