I heard about Fairouz (named after the famous Lebanese singer) from a Sheryl Julian review in the Globe:
Sounded good, so a Middle Eastern-born friend and I decided to check it out. Our conclusion: Fairouz is one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the Boston area!
At 7PM on a cold Wednesday night, there were only 2 other tables occupied. The interior is spartan but nice, with plenty of cloth-covered tables and a few booths. The menu had the usual Middle Eastern specialties, and as Sheryl pointed out, a few that you may not have had before. But my companion knew just what to order:
ZA'ATAR: Complementary start to the meal, with pita bread, this was excellent. My DC is addicted to this stuff, and said it was an outstanding version.
FALAFEL ($9): Served with plenty of tahini in a sauce boat, these were well made and cooked all the way through, although more dense than I prefer. A crunchy crust, but no burnt or old oil flavor. My companion particularly liked them.
HUMMUS ($7): A sizable bowl served with plenty of pita (not warm), this was very thick and delicious. Maybe not the best hummus I've ever had, but I'd be happy to eat this every day. I like that there was so much of it, with a comparable amount of pita.
ARNABEET ($8): We had to try the roasted cauliflower that Sheryl raved about, and it was a pretty dish and perfectly roasted, although I didn't find it as addictive as Sheryl. But who doesn't like roasted cauliflower?,
SAMBOUSEK($8): Meat-filled baked dumplings, these were perfectly cooked, with nicely seasoned, finely ground stuffing (maybe a hint of cinnamon, I'm not sure). My favorite of the evening.
They also serve pizza, hamburgers, etc, if you care.
Highly recommended for a nice, causal Lebanese meal. Parking is fairly easy, and free, along Washington Street out front (if snow piles don't cover the parking lane).
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