This restaurant no longer exists.

Lebanese cuisine by the former owners of Shahrayar at the site of the old Pilar's Cafe -- 2285 S. State Street. Excellent karnabeet, along with falafel, hummus, and the usual suspects.

[note: the URL that used to be here went to a domain squatter, so I removed it.]


It’s hard to pin down exactly what accounts for such devotion among the customers, but I’m happy to keep pursuing the elusive formula. I’ve tasted pretty widely during my visits and takeout adventures: hummus, falafel, baba ghannouj, fattoush salad, grape leaves, stuffed cabbage stuffed baby squash (special dishes, not on the menu), chicken tawook, kibbeh, and my hands-down favorite, karnabeet. The house specialty, karnabeet is the most transcendent cauliflower dish I’ve ever tasted. Lightly fried till golden brown, drizzled with tahini sauce, and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds . . . I want some now.