Needed a spot in Belmont Shores, Long Beach, for lunch and decided to give a Lebanese restaurant, Open Sesame, a try after seeing it mentioned on this board.
Two of us shared the Open Sesame Combo Plate ($10.99), kafta, chicken lawook and beef kabob with rice, pita, salad and hummus, and the Lamb Kabob Plate ($9.99) with rice, pita, salad and baba ganoush. (An earlier posting said beef was no longer served at this restaurant--evidently a switch back.) Everything was terrific, including baba ganoosh that actually tasted like it had been in the vicinity of a fire, and hummus as silky as any I've had. All the chicken and meat pieces were especially good dipped in the addictive garlicky yogurt sauce. Good value as to quantity for the price, and I noticed sandwiches available for less than $5. Decent baklava, too.
Place is a little cramped with only about a dozen tables, music that bordered, well maybe was over the border on being too loud, and oddly a tiny, and awkward kitchen that had to be navigated to get to the bathroom. Kind of had to do a do si do with a couple of cooks to get in and out. Those VERY minor quibbles worth overlooking for such good food.
5215 E. 2nd St., Long Beach
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