16. Fatteh at Kareem's Restaurant
Best breakfast in OC
Photo by The Mexican
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I've been eating at Kareem's for nearly seven years now, if not longer, have taken dozens of people personally over the years and recommended it to hundreds. But it was just a couple of weeks ago that I partook of perhaps the best Levantine breakfast around, the Quaker Oats of the Middle East: fatteh.
Slow-cooked garbanzo beans mixed up with toasted pita chips, lost in a sea of warmed yogurt, with almond slivers, parsley, sumac and a touch of olive oil, fatteh is not for the faint of heart. But oh, how hearty this dish is--maybe a bit much for the summer, but it makes oatmeal seem like water in comparison in consistency. Give me fatteh over cereal any day--and this is coming from a many who ate nothing but Lucky Charms for the first 16 years of mornings of his life or something...and that Kareem's fatteh is probably the restaurant's fifth-best dish boggles the noggin.
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