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Khoury's Mediterranean Restaurant

Khoury's is a quiet Lebanese restaurant with a wood paneled interior that, thanks to some unbefitting vinyl booths, looks like it may have been converted from a fast food joint. And despite shy servers, flavorless hummus ($4.50), and super-citrusy tabbouleh ($5.25), it's got a few things going for it. It's one of few restaurants in the Sunset Place area that has a parking lot and a nice, breezy patio. Another huge plus is very-sesame-seedy tahini sauce ($1.50 for a small serving) served on the side of crisp, neat little balls of falafel ($4.25) and mixed in heavily with baba ghannouj ($4.75). It's also served on many of its sandwiches such as a savory shawarma sandwich ($6.75) that does lamb proud. Speaking of tasty meat, a kaftah kebab (despite a side of hummus) is tender, smoky, and splendid, as is a fried kibeh ($4.25) filled with minced beef, onion, and pine nuts. For a light dessert, try mini roses (2 for $2.50), a smaller version of baklava (which is also available for $4.50) sans pistachios.

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