Tonight we tried Lebanese food for the first time at Cedar Paradise Lebanese on Memorial Hwy.  It’s a really small restaurant and we were the only ones there.  We asked the waiter what he suggested and he immediately said the stuffed grape leaves, so we had to try those.

 

They had a very interesting flavor.  Lots of spices, similar to what we’ve found in Indian cuisine.  The only other place we’ve tried stuffed grape leaves has been at Greek restaurants and these were very different.  They had a lemony flavor as well, not sure if that was the grape leaves themselves or part of the filling.

Loren decided to try the beef pita which came with fries.

 

The ground beef was mixed with lots of spices and had a very unique flavor to it.  The yogurt sauce wasn’t overly garlicy but definitely cooled the spiciness of the beef.  He really enjoyed the dish.  I got a combo plate which had lamb, chicken, and beef.

It also came with hummus and tabbouleh (which Loren ate) plus fries and pita bread.  Out of the three meats, I really liked the chicken best.  It was incredibly tender and had a wonderful flavor.  The lamb was a little tough, but still pretty good.  I wrapped the beef in the pita bread along with the yogurt sauce to try to minimize some of the spice.  Even though I think fries don’t really fit in with the meal, I scarfed all of them in short order.  They were good.  Overall, we were both intrigued by the flavors.  I think we’ll be adding Lebanese food to the list of flavorful cuisines that we’ll seek out.  Total bill with two drinks was $31.

Cedar Paradise Lebanese
5831 Memorial Hwy
Tampa, FL
813-888-5340

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5