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GiGi | Jan 25, 200504:36 PM

Finally made it over to this place, and found it to be just 'okay'. We started with the Lebanese tea, which can be different every place you have it, but was very odd here (lemon and rosewater was all I tasted). The pita was much more thick than what I am used to (again, can sometimes be attributed to the area in the Middle East the owner is from), and the baba ghanouj appeared to have been almost whipped. It started out tasting ok, then my husband and I both agreed that it tasted more and more 'fishy' as we ate it...we stopped eating it (I have never had that experience with this type of food before - a fishy taste?). Anyway, we moved on to the main course - I had chicken shawarma, and my husband had beef shawarama. My chicken was almost minced, never seen it served that way - and it was a little over-spiced. Beef was good, but was minced-looking too, and we both came across one or two very fatty pieces. The salad and hummus that accompanied both dishes were very tasty and fresh. We did not try the pastry shop next door, but will stop by there if we are in the area again - it sounded great from previous posts.
Afterthoughts....I grew up in Houston, and lived for 5 years within walking distance of Hillcroft - which is the Middle Eastern part of the city - eating this type of food very frequently, always trying different places. When I moved here, my husband showed me all the different places we could choose for Middle Eastern - we have tried basically all the usual suspects. I think that Babylon on Maple has the best Middle Eastern. And if you got to Cafe Beirut, watch out! I found a piece of a hookah pipe in my hummus....yuck!

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