Zankou Chicken, as the name implies, is known for its rotisserie chicken. In recent decades, the family also created its “tarna” chicken. This special kind of chicken draws from shawarma, using similar spices and cooking methods. The result is delicious, but it’s not very friendly to vegans or vegetarians. In a quest to provide something everyone in the family can eat, and to share some Middle Eastern flavor with American audiences, Zankou has introduced a new falafel recipe that is vegan friendly.
Falafal is Popular
LA is kind of known for its falafel spots, and Zankou felt like their recipe wasn’t anything special. They saw that these other restaurants were using the falafel as a “hook”, so the Iskendarian family went to the drawing board and came up with a new recipe. It flavored with local spices, but the true secrets are kept close at heart in the Iskendarian family. In fact, they say it’s locked in a vault!
Because Zankou uses ingredients that are all natural, and locally produced, the falafel has a certain freshness and taste that other restaurants can’t really duplicate. The family worked hard to blend various seasonings together and come up with something truly different. The crunch is spot on, thanks to expert cooks and friendly staff.
Those who crave the chicken will still keep to their staple, but the falafel is an interesting adventure. Plus, it’s an excellent option for a menu known to cater to meat eaters. Friends can gather together, whether they are vegan, vegetarian or omnivores.