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Lebanese in Boston?

tdaaa Mar 13, 2008 08:54 AM

Was just hearing about a lebanese dish (kippe?) that is raw lean lamb, ground and mixed with cracked wheat and spices. Are there any lebanese restaurants in Boston?

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    micah Mar 13, 2008 11:35 AM

    Shawarma King, in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, and Boston Shawarma (on Huntington Ave., near Symphony) are both Lebanese, and have kibbe.

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      rouxmaker Mar 14, 2008 04:11 PM

      Karun at the corner of Washington street and Walnut in Newton has very good Lebanese/Armenian food and atmosphere. I don't know if they have raw kibbe but they have the football shaped baked ones.

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        Lucymax Mar 17, 2008 11:34 AM

        I was going to mention the area around Coolidge Square in Watertown for great Lebanese/Armenian grocery stores. Someone on this board recently gave a very good review to a restaurant in that same area, Jasmine (right on Mt. Auburn Street). There is a great vegetarian falafel and middle eastern food place in a hidden spot in the same neighborhood, maybe on Nichols Street? What is that place called? It's very good, too. I'm thinking of the place that used to be on Mt. Auburn Street but moved maybe 4 - 5 years ago.

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          hiddenboston Mar 17, 2008 12:22 PM

          Sepal used to be there, but they closed about a year or two ago. It was really good for awhile, but seemed to go downhill a bit before they closed.

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      mwk Mar 13, 2008 10:31 AM

      I have always had nice meals at Phoenicia, which is a Lebanese restaurant on Cambridge St. near Charles Circle. Their Kibbe is very good, as well as the kebabs.

      1. cassis Mar 13, 2008 09:47 AM

        The Reef Cafe on Brighton Ave in Allston is Lebanese, they may serve them. Massi's and the other Armenian stores on Mt Auburn St in Watertown have them frozen.

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          tavmark Mar 17, 2008 10:59 AM


          In Armenian it is typically called kirfta (kibbe is the lebanese term). Rheyma (and there's another phrase I'm forgetting is what the raw kirfta is called - I love this stuff). And since it's Lent there is also vosp kirfta - which is an unbaked kirfta made with lentils.

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          Taralli Mar 13, 2008 09:43 AM

          Reef Cafe in Allston has vegetable kibby and baked kibby.

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            Taralli Mar 13, 2008 09:33 AM

            The raw form is kibbe nayah.

            1. hiddenboston Mar 13, 2008 09:22 AM

              Cafe Barada in Cambridge has a variety of Lebanese dishes, including kibby...

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