Best Middle Eastern Restaurant (2009)

Kareem's Restaurant

You can spend years visiting this tiny Little Arabia institution and only ordering a falafel pita, and those would be years well-spent—owners Mike and Nancy Hawari's legendary take on the Levant staple brings in people from across California, all patiently waiting for weighty chickpea orbs fried dark-brown on the outside but lawn-green within, simultaneously fragrant, chewy and crunchy, the finest in the Southland. But get off that fix just once and try a hummus like none other in Orange County: studded with beef, pine nuts and sumac, the earthiness of the hummus now enlivened to stratas unimaginable to those of you who only know this spread from fund-raisers. Or a bracing fatoush salad. Egg dishes, lamb brain, mint tea brewed at request—all that's missing are the hookahs to complete the finest Middle Eastern culinary scene since the Arabian Nights.

Location Details

1208 S. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim CA 92804


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