Watch out for the invasion of the Lebanese food. Rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes, and tabbouleh are among the local favorites of the locals in the US, miles away from the Lebanese soil. The health conscious troop to restaurants with these specialties and the number of satisfied patrons are increasing.
Spaghetti Aside, There's Hot Stuff Cooking
In a Lebanese restaurant, discover people milling for vegetarian specials. For meat lovers, there's the mutton and beef served up in style and with the tastiest of flavors. There's fish cooked in a special way. You'll want more of the same in your next stop. For those with a sweet tooth, there are pastries stuffed with walnuts and almonds that will delight even the most persnickety of old maids.
What is a Lebanese specialty? Every meal is a balanced one. Expect fresh vegetables, stews, and salads. Ask for the Mezze or Maza. You'll have a king's meal of appetizers, cheeses, olives, and pita bread. By itself, this concoction is already a splendid one, especially when downed with a bottle of Muskar White.
Aside from the fusion of various spices that produce the distinctive and delicious dishes, the cook is a friendly fellow who does not run out of stories to tell while he shows off rows of bottled pickles, olives, nuts, grain, herbs and spices, and piquant cheeses made from goats milk. The cuisine does not focus on sauces, but on herbs and spices. That makes their food different from a host of other cusines.
There is a colorful array of fresh vegetables – zucchini, cabbage, artichokes, potatoes, carrots, and much more. Everything in the kitchen is used up from the mutton and beef bones. These are boiled for soup stock; excess meat is ground and even the surplus bread is toasted and recreated to reappear in an exciting new dish. Nothing is wasted in the Lebanese kitchen.
Biblical Food and Wine
Lebanese heritage can be traced back to biblical times, and even farther back. The bible mentions of bread and wine celebrated by the Jews in a foreign land – that was and is Lebanon. And for centuries, their culinary expertise was famous throughout the Mediterranean.
The wines of Lebanon are produced by vast fields of different grape varieties to produce different wines. The fame of the wines was even used to honor a person "his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon." (Hosea 14: 8).
It is not surprising that the Lebanese are blamed for their warm hospitality. Go to a Lebanese restaurant and you will savor the warmth and good cheer. The cook will go out to greet you (that's why you'll love him) and somehow you'll be offered glass of wine and some tidbits on the house.
Get News and Good Food
If you are a Lebanese in foreign soil, you will not want to for the latest news from Lebanon. Some restaurants offer the latest newspaper from which you can keep abreast of the goings on back home.
You can chat up the tavern owner and his sons and daughters and feel like you have never left your homeland. The hospitality extends to all people who drop in any of the quaint restaurants proudly offering the best there is in Lebanese cuisine. With such great food, you will really adore the cook.