Is It Any Good?

Mediterranean in Atwater village.

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It’s strange that Dune should open up in Atwater Village.

I mean, in Atwater Village you are literally less than a town away from the epicenter of Mediterranean good eatin’ in Los Angeles: Glendale.

Glendale is home to the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia. In addition to a proud history (all the more proud, with the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Genocide earlier this month), the Armenian community is rightfully proud of its food-ways and food culture.

There is a lot of good Mediterranean cuisine to be had in Glendale, so opening up a place like Dune is a bit of a risk, given where it is.

Still, Dune kicks some measure of ass. Guess they don’t have to worry too much.

The space is well…it reminds me of Chego quite a bit. It’s a kitchen, and a stretch of countertop stretching around all four walls of the establishment. You step up to the counter, have a seat on one of the stools, and wait for the magic to arrive.

In fact, in that respect, it’s just like Chego.

The Hummus plate, with a side of Lamb Meatballs at Dune.

The Hummus plate, with a side of Lamb Meatballs at Dune.

Oh, man. I mean look at that gorgeous and messy plate of food.

The casualness and ease of the atmosphere is definitely in the plus column for me. A feature, most certainly not a bug. It fits in with the vibe of the neighborhood. I don’t want to call it I don’t want to call it hipster Mediterranean. It’s better that. It can hold itself up with any of the restaurants in Glendale.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I got the Hummus & Egg plate, which comes with house Pita bread, malfouf, olives, and greens. The Hummus was delicious and topped with Garbanzo Beans. The eggs were something I I have not had in mentoring cuisine before. They were a welcome addition, and I did not expect them to be a welcome addition. Now you’re going to see me looking for Eggs in future plates of Mediterranean cooking.

Dune Restaurant in Atwater Village.

The Lamb Meatballs were out of this world fantastic, and spicy too. They were approaching a “hold onto your socks” level of heat, but stopped just short, fortunately. And these were just the side portion. I intended to make them the main even on my next visit.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: How can I complain about anything. There is nothing at all unusual about this place. Just step in and dine. Simple as that.

The parking is the only trick here, and you’re about to read up on that.

 

PARKING: Hard. Challenging. What word should I use?

How about Limited? We used Limited for Tacos Villa Corona, so…

Look, you’re going to be looking along Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village is nothing but meters, and most of them will be filled. There are a couple of Public lots, but they’re just off the main drag. See what you can swing, because even there, the Public lots were filled when I went.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Dune
3143 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Tel: (323) 486-7073

Hours:
Monday-Saturday : 11:00am — 8:00pm
Closed on Sunday