Carousel specializes in Mediterranean dishes, serving the huge Armenian and Lebanese communities in Los Angeles, but popular among ethnic food lovers, too. It makes a nice change from pizza or Chinese, and is particularly wonderful in the summer. Carousel is most famous for its delicious appetizers, called mezas, made for dipping with pieces of warmed pita bread. Younger kids may not like the spicier ones, but they'll love the hammos and the cucumber yogurt dish called jajek. More adventurous kids and adults should try the spicy muhammara, the unique walnut, pepper and pomegranate dip for which Carousel is known. Kids will also love the chicken and beef kebabs, and the pilafs, either regular rice, or the wheat bulgar. Lentil soup and french fries are on the menu for the more cautious eaters. The food is healthy, moderately priced, and perfect for large impromptu parties. The restaurant usually needs only 30 minutes to prepare a large order for take-out (no delivery), and it is happy to accommodate large groups at the restaurant; booster seats and high chairs are available.