A Complete Guide To Lebanese Food

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A Complete Guide To Lebanese Food

As one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, Terrace Restaurant & Lounge offers a huge array of delicious Lebanese cuisine. And to to give you a taste of some delicious options, we’ve provided a handy guide to Lebanese food. From appetizers and entrees to desserts and drinks, you really can’t go wrong with a delicious Lebanese meal.

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Lebanese Appetizers

Every great meal deserves some excellent starters, and Lebanese food doesn’t disappoint. A traditional Lebanese meal typically starts off with some mezze, a selection of small plates similar to Spanish tapas intended to be shared amongst the whole table.

Oftentimes, mezze will include stuffed grape leaves, salads like taboulleh or fatoush, and a selection of pickled and raw vegetables. Of course, mezze offerings often include hummus, baba ganoush, and other popular dips along with plenty of pita bread.

Lebanese Drinks

You’ll definitely want some delicious beverages to go with your meal, and luckily Lebanon offers a few unique options.

If you’re looking for a unique alcoholic drink, consider trying arak. This drink, typically made from Mediterranean grapes, dates, plums, or figs, has a unique anise-flavor, setting it apart from standard American and European drinks. It’s also a traditional drink in Lebanese culture, often imbibed during celebrations and special events as well as casual get-togethers. Lebanon also has a rich history of delcious wine, producing some of the finest wine in the Middle East.

For other options you could always try ayran, a tasty yogurt-based beverage, or indulge in some fine arabic coffee.

Lebanese Entrees

No meal is complete without the main course, and you’ll find some truly delicious entrees on a Lebanese menu. One of the most popular Lebanese dishes is shawerma, which is slow-cooked chicken or beef marinated in a blend of traditional spices and served alongside onions, tomoatoes, and tahini sauce. For a similar option you could also try shish tawook, which features succulent chicken skewers cooked in a blend of olive oil, lemon, parsley, and sumac.

And like many other Middle Easterners, the Lebanese love their kababs. Beef, lamb, and chicken kababs are staples in Lebanon and across the Middle East and Mediterranean, offering delicious flavors that everyone can love.

Lebanese Desserts

You’ll want to finish off your meal with some tasty desserts, and you can’t go wrong with some Lebanese favorites. Many Lebanese sweets highlight roasted nuts like almonds and pistachios. For example, baklava features a mix of roasted nuts as well as honey on the exterior of some tasty pastry dough. And for a palate cleansing dessert, consider a traditional Lebanese fruit platter.

With so many delicious options, you really can’t go wrong with Lebanese food. And if you’re looking to give this delectable Middle Eastern cuisine a shot, consider a visit to Terrace Restaurant & Lounge. With our huge selection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern offerings, we guarantee diners of all tastes will find something to love. And our hookah lounge provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxation. Contact Terrace Restaurant & Lounge for more information on our offerings!