With the great lebanese bakeries and markets in Fall River, I knew there had to be a chowish restaurant hidden somewhere. Well, here it is. Joe's Shish Kabob has great, authentic lebanese food, even better than my old favorite, Lebanese Kitchen, in New Bedford. Five of us shared hummus, cabbage rolls, grape leaves, kibbe, pita (hot and puffy and chewy), mjaddarah, baklava, tabbouleh, and falafel. The food was delicious, seemed very freshly made, and was attractively arranged. The owner (I assume) was welcoming and attentive and all-around lovely. I didn't see what the total tab was, but the prices on the menu seemed reasonable.
One of the people we were with is both Syrian-American and a great cook, and even he agreed that it was very good: "almost as good as my mom's." Which is really all you can ask for.
The atmosphere, well, who cares. It's probably not a good first-date place (bright lights, plastic tables), but it's an attractive high-ceilinged mill space with exposed brick and ducts. Looks like a classy sandwich shop. But just go for the food. And then go back for all the food you didn't have room for the first time.
It's smallish: there are four or five tables, and I saw somewhere online that they're BYOB, although we did not B our own B.
Joe's Shish Kabob
275 Martine Street (Rt. 6)
Fall River, MA 02723