Beirut smells like mne2ich in the morning. People head to the nearest bakery to have a nice man2ouche for breakfast. This Lebanese flatbread has endless possibilities for toppings and flavorings: thyme, cheese, strained yogurt, awarma, and eggs, you name it!
Order any man2ouche and ask the baker to top it with tomatoes, mint, olives, and cucumbers. It’s the best breakfast you can have!
If you have time on your hands, you can have foul, balila, and fatteh for breakfast. I put these dishes in the same category because they pair together perfectly. Foul is a dish that is made of cooked fava beans. It is served with olive oil, spices, garlic, lemon juice, and vegetables!
Balila is similar to foul, but it contains chickpeas instead of fava beans. As for fatteh, it’s a pure delicacy. This dish consists of chickpeas with Tahini, and topped with toasted bread, yogurt, and a topping of fried garlic and Pine kernels. People enjoy eating these dishes for breakfast and dinner.
Whether you like it with chicken or meat, we can all agree that this sandwich is DELICIOUS! You can have it for lunch, dinner, or after a night out. If you ordered chicken shawarma, ask for extra garlic sauce. That’s the golden rule.
This is what I call a delightful dessert! If you’re sweet-toothed, then knefe is going to satisfy all your taste buds. This cheese dessert is so sweet that it’ll make your heart melt with happiness. Locals enjoy it in the morning but, hey! There is no time rule when it comes to the Lebanese knefe!
Ice cream makes everyone happy, and the Lebanese one is really special. Go for the “ashta” flavor in Beirut; it tastes like heaven!
Pro tip: Some of the best bakeries and restaurants do not have pages on social media. So, walk around and explore the city yourself. That’s the best way to find hidden gems.
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