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Lebanese Taverna in B-more: Run, don't walk!

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Lebanese Taverna in B-more: Run, don't walk!

ko1 | Apr 14, 2007 04:50 PM

My wife and I went there Thursday and were blown away by the food. We ordered off the extensive mezze section: katafy shrimp were yummy, the breading similar to panko, lamb tartar had an appealing, unusually smooth texture, the beef and lamb meatballs in yogurt sauce with pieces of phyllo was masterful in its juxtapositions of flavor and texture, swiss chard stems were excellent, and the hummus with fava beans featured the best hummus I've ever tasted. The only thing I didn't love were the pastries with spinach and pine nuts. They were a little on the lemony side for me. For dessert, we split a variation on bread pudding with pistachio. Very tasty. With 2 glasses of arak (Lebanese ouzo) and 1 glass of wine (all our drinks were $8), our check was $75 before tip. The mezze portions are generous, most are priced from $5-9, and the 6 mezze and dessert we ordered was a lot of food. I know this place has become something of a local chain, but these guys know what they're doing. Service was impeccable, too.Apparently, there are 5 brothers and each now has his own restaurant. This place is the best thing to hit Baltimore that I can remember in ages, it's on the circle at the very end of President St.

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