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Reef Cafe in Brighton--best Lebanese and pickled turnips too...

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Reef Cafe in Brighton--best Lebanese and pickled turnips too...

greengage | Oct 11, 2004 10:15 PM

Don't know if anyone else has written about this place already--I first went a few weeks ago by coincedence on the same day they got a great mention in the Globe and was knocked out. It doesn't look like much, but they serve some of the best Middle Eastern cooking of any stripe I've had in Boston since Kareem closed. The owners are Lebanese and the mom is in the back--I suspect she's the genius behind much of the cooking. Vegetarian pumpkin kibbee sandwich is sweet, nutty, and delicious, with paper-thin sliced red onions and lovely strips of tart, slightly bitter pink pickled turnips. Lamb schwarma was wonderful--dripping with tahini and lamb juice--not the usual leathery,dried-out mess. And the last time I went I ordered chicken soup since I had a cold and it was so, so good--rich and lemony, with shreddy chicken and little wheaty noodles. I don't mean to gush, but I keep going back and it's always so great and there are so few people in there--at least during the day and it makes me crazy--there should be lines out the door for the turnips alone!

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