Hours: Lunch & Dinner
Leyla, you’ve got me on my knees. No, really. After you’ve tucked into a hearty helping of the mezze offerings at this Mediterranean spot, you’ll be hard-pressed to find room for more. The shankleesh, labneh, falafel, baba ghanoush, and grape leaves are served up with warmth and plenty of explanation for those unfamiliar with Lebanese cooking. On the entree side, the shawarma — thin shavings of spiced beef roasted on a spit — is delicious, wrapped in a pita or on its own. And the adventurous eater can find plenty to be thankful for in the restaurant’s frog legs and lamb tongue coated in lemon. The space is simple yet sophisticated, with huge glass windows looking out onto King Street. And while we love visiting for dinner, lunch is equally enjoyable as proprietors Joseph and Dolly Awkar keep the atmosphere genuinely friendly and welcoming regardless of which hour you visit. —Kinsey Gidick Dish (Winter 2015)
Nutty hummus dips, creamy labneh, and so many classic Lebanese dishes with lamb, beef, and chicken. Plenty to keep vegetarians happy too.