'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Gives Not Subtle Shout Out to Zankou Chicken
Any fans of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" may have recently been intrigued by the mouth-watering Palestinian chicken dish featured in the July 24 episode. The chicken was so good, Larry David noted, that it could have ended the rift in the Middle East. As it was, throughout the episode the seemingly innocent piece of poultry found itself in the middle of fights, flings and covert liaisons. As if reading the rest of our minds, a writer asked LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold if the restaurant serving the chicken was real, and if so, what it was. Gold replied in a column today that while the episode appeared to have been filmed at Sunnin in Westwood, the chicken was pretty clearly a nod to Zankou:
...what is on the plates at the fictitious Al-Abbas, the restaurant Larry David visits in the episode, seems to more closely resemble the chicken at the beloved Lebanese-Armenian restaurant Zankou -- golden, crisp-looking and clearly roasted...the people behind the counter are wearing versions of the iconic yellow Zankou T-shirt, and the chickeny ambiance is clearly that of Zankou.