Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Orange County 2009 - Kareem's Restaurant
1208 S. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim, CA 92804
Readers' Choice: Victory Bakery
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.