7724 Maple St.
New Orleans, LA
I had heard about this Middle Eastern restaurant through a follower of the blog (Thanks T.A.!) I read some reviews online and it sounds like a neighborhood gem!
The reviews online rave about the home made bread so I was adamant about the home made bread when we placed our order. It was warm and soft and delicious!
I actually was not the biggest fan of this hummus. The flavor just didn’t pop to me. Hummus is made from chickpeas, with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste (mmmmmmm! I love sesame seeds!) The warm bread was perfect with the olive oil alone but the hummus was a good second dip.
The safeihah mini pizza has ground lamb and beef with tomatoes and spices on baked pita. This dish was great! Very crunchy with delicious meat topping.This was one of my favorites.
The stuffed grape leaves are stuffed with rice, ground meat and vegetables. It had a very strong flavor.
My friends split the chicken sandwich. The chicken was grilled and served on their home made bread. My friends said it was yummy!
I had the babylon platter. The spiced lamb and beef was juicy and delicious! It came with grape leaves, rice, hummus and kibbeh. Kibbeh is made with minced onions, ground beef and then deep fried. I would say that this is my second favorite lamb meat after Lebanon’s. It was crisp and yummy. On this plate, the lamb was my favorite but the kibbeh was a close second.It’s easy to see why this place is a local’s favorite.