|Cafe Munir in Ballard|
Cafe Munir is a great local Lebanese restaurant and whiskey bar in the heart of Ballard. I wouldn't call it a hole in the wall for any reason other than if you weren't looking for it, you wouldn't know it was there. Tucked away between 24th and 25th Avenue, its airy, modest decor sets the stage for simple and elegant dishes. The menu is set up in traditional Lebanese family style, where everyone at the table shares all of the food, and most dishes are served with the traditional thin Lebanese bread.
Since my friend had spent a lot of time across the pond, I let her make the call on what to order. We started with a few small mezze--the Besara, a classic dip, made with lentils, caramelized onions and cilantro; the Muhammara, a roasted red pepper dip with chilies, walnuts, and pomegranate; and a side of fresh veggies. Both the Besara and Muhammara were delicious, the Muhammara being slightly sweeter, a perfect complement to the more complex Besara.
|Basara, Muhammara, and fresh veggies at Cafe Munir|
For the main dishes, we ordered Shish Taouk--two skewers of chicken breast, marinated with lemon and a side of garlic sauce. This was my favorite; the sauce was amazing, though if you're not a fan of garlic, you can still enjoy the grilled chicken in the lemon marinade.
|Shish Taouk, at Cafe Munir|
|Lamb Shank with spring vegetables at Cafe Munir|
I'm not very familiar with traditional Lebanese cuisine, but everything we tried at Cafe Munir was beyond my expectation. If you're a seasoned foodie looking for a new dinner spot, or just curious about Lebanese food, definitely try Cafe Munir. I'm hoping my next visit will include a whiskey pairing!
Check out their blog for more mouthwatering photos, as well as a fun Whiskey of the week.
2408 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117