BITE-SIZED

Mandaloun Serves Authentic Mediterranean 
with a Smile

The Baymeadows eatery offers a legit Lebanese culinary experience

Mandaloun's thick, creamy hummus is drizzled with olive oil and paprika.  
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Fatoush is a mix of lettuce, tomato, chopped cucumber, radish, onion, mint, sumac and crispy pieces of Lebanese flatbread tossed in an olive oil, pomegranate molasses and lemon dressing.
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The fresh tabouli blends chopped parsley, diced tomato, onion, bulgur wheat, lemon and olive oil.
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Located in Deerwood Village Shopping Center near the intersection of Southside and Baymeadows, Mandaloun offers ample parking and indoor and outdoor seating.
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Mandaloun's various kebabs – like these chicken and minced lamb versions – are served with rice and sautéed vegetables.
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Try a cold bottle of Almaza, a pale lager beer from Lebanon.
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The thick, smoky baba ganoush dip is perfect for piling onto a warm piece of pita bread.
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Mandaloun offers an extensive lunch buffet weekdays and Sundays with a variety of warm and cold dishes, soups and desserts.
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There are a handful of Lebanese kebab offerings on the menu.
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9862 Old Baymeadows Road, Baymeadows

646-1881,

mandaloun.com/florida.htm

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Mandaloun offers an authentic Lebanese culinary experience in the 
Baymeadows neighborhood.

For the past five years, Mandaloun has opened seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Chef Pierre Barakat usually visits each table at lunch and dinner, flashing his warm smile and speaking with a thick accent that adds to the authenticity of the experience.

If you're new to Mediterranean food, check out the expansive lunch buffet ($12.99 weekdays, $19.99 on Sunday), which offers an impressive assortment of authentic hot and chilled Lebanese delicacies.

From the cold mezze (appetizers) selections, my go-to choices are baba ganoush ($5.95), a smoky tahini, garlic and eggplant dip, and the thick, creamy hummus ($5.95) topped with a swirl of olive oil and a scattering of chickpeas. Both are served with warm pita bread.

Another favorite is the vegetarian-friendly, lemony tabouli ($6.45), a mix of finely chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, bulgur wheat, onion, lemon juice and olive oil.

If you're craving a warm starter, share an order of falafel ($5.95) — four crisp balls of gently fried ground chickpeas, herbs and spices.

For a light lunch or side item at dinner, try the fatoush salad ($6.45) — a mix of lettuce, tomato, chopped cucumber, radish, onion, mint, sumac and crispy pieces of Lebanese flatbread tossed in a dressing of olive oil, pomegranate molasses and lemon.

Entrées include kebab skewers of shish taouk (cubed spiced chicken, $12.95), kafta meshwi (minced lamb with parsley and onion, $11.95) and kafta khosh-khash (charcoal-grilled minced beef, $11.95). Each is served with sautéed mixed vegetables and a side of warm rice or salad. Seafood and vegetarian items are also available.

With indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant is spacious and comfortable with large windows lining the perimeter. A small bar area is good for a pre-meal beer, glass of wine or cocktail.

For dessert, indulge in a traditional favorite — baklava. These petite, layered squares are sweet and nutty. Wash one down with a cold bottle of Almaza, a pale lager from Lebanon.

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