Sunday, July 10, 2016
We make no secret that we enjoy ethnic foods and the restaurants that feature them. The best place we know to enjoy the cuisine of Lebanon is Phoenicia in Glendale. This restaurant is consistently awarded five stars and was recently recognized by a major newspaper as having the 'best Lebanese cuisine in Southern California'.
We opened with appetizers that included Hommos; Labni, Lebanese cream cheese served with garlic; Warak Enab, grape leaves stuffed with rice, oil and vegetables, cooked in lemon juice and olive oil, and Tabbouleh, chopped parsley, crushed wheat, tomatoes and onions.
Some hot appetizers we tasted included Kibbeh Makli, beef dumpling stuffed with ground beef; Bourghoul , onions and pine nuts as well as San Bousek, freshly prepared dough with ground beef and pine nuts and Rekakat, a selection of Lebanese cheese baked in a pastry dough.
Our samplers of grill selections included Beef Kafta, ground beef, onions, parsley and spices, grilled on skewers. This is one of our favorites and arrived with lamb chops marinated with spices and grilled. Also chicken breast kabob, perfectly prepared rice and the best french fries we have had in a long time.
This is a restaurant where everything is done well and most professionally with a well trained, dedicated wait staff. Here you can find casual patio dining as well as more formal dining in a handsome room with ambiance matching the cuisine.
The wine list regularly receives awards for featuring vintages from all over the world and especially Lebanon.
Phoenicia is located at 343 North Central Avenue in Glendale with off street parking. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. except on weekends there is live entertainment with a 2 a.m. closing time. For more information or reservations call 818 956-7800.