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Jul 3, 2008 03:36 PM

Middle Eastern in Denver/Boulder

I recently moved to Denver from Washington, DC. While in DC, I was spoiled by the Lebanese Taverna food empire and, more specifically, the delicious hummus and fresh pita bread available at their deli in Arlington, VA. I'm looking for something similar here. I've tried Boulder hummus, as well as the mass produced alternatives (e.g. Tribe of Two Shieks), but they are a far cry from Lebanese Taverna. I'm mainly interested in products that can be purchased for home consumption, but I'd also love some restaurant recommendations if any come to mind. Thanks.

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  1. The only Lebanese restaurant I know about is Ali Baba ( in a strip shopping center in Golden, just off CO 93, maybe half-a-mile north of the intersection w/ US 6.

    There seem to be several Middle Eastern markets around South Parker Road and Illiff. The only one I have been to is Arash -- and that was a long time ago.

    1. Beirut Grill in Englewood at 203 W. Hampden. I stumbled upon this place by accident last year and it was a fabulous find! The best hummus & falafel that I have experienced. Granted, I'm not familiar with the choices in DC and environs so my comparisons are limited. Other dishes are great, too. Nice people who run it. It's a little hard to find but I highly recommend it.

      1. There's a place called Hookah Cafe at Alameda and Downing that sources I trust say is very good. There are also a lot of Middle Eastern restos and markets around S. Colorado and Evans—Ya Hala, Damascus, and others. The former always gets voted best M.E. by the Westword (or so their sign says).

        1. Damascus Grill, on Littleton Blvd., is excellent, and in my opinion, far better than the Mid-East feast houses that line Colorado Boulevard, although the handful of Mid-East markets on Colorado Boulevard are worth seeking out, at least for their fetas and spices.

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          1. re: gastronaughty

            Good to know. It's not related to the same-named one on Colo.?

          2. Mumtaz in Lafayette also provides inexpensive Lebanese fare.

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            1. re: Charsiu

              Hmmm. Did someone report me to the Chow Polizei because I said a discouraging word about Mumtaz? One one experience there for lunch was not good. Menu looked promising but the dishes were not good. Everything tasted a little off and unusual. Took a long time to get my order, too. I would not recommend this place nor go back there.