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Qariah Restaurant

Map & Directions 1811 Greenville Ave., 145
Dallas, TX 75206


Dallas Observer's Description

While most restaurants depend on alcohol sales to keep up the bottom line, brothers Sam and Mo Khazem have taken a different tack when opening their first spot. Qariah Restaurant and Lounge, the casual Lebanese cafe and lounge at the southern end of the strand, has adopted a BYOB policy from the start. That's not the unusual part. Because of the time required to wend through the process of getting a beverage license, restaurant owners often start off letting diners bring their own drinks, allowing the restaurants to earn some money while the city and state bureaucracies move in their ineffable ways. For the Khazen brothers, though, BYOB isn't a stopgap; they never plan to serve booze. Sam says he'd rather focus on cooking good food. Perhaps the smell of freshly baked pita bread and savory shawarma will draw some customers in. While Sam works the front of the house, Mo dons a chef hat behind the counter, rolling out thin disks of white flour dough that quickly puff into softball-shaped rounds in the gas-fired brick oven that greets customers as they walk through the door.
If you've come for lunch, don't look for a menu. Simply order your drink and make your way to the buffet that frames the open kitchen. Fresh salads and dips such as fattoush, hummus and an eggplant puree are a light, fresh and healthy option to supplement the grilled chicken and stewed meats you can eat till you pop. Compared with other Middle Eastern buffets in East Dallas, Qariah's is fairly priced at $12.99, and the quality is superb — especially considering it comes with an endless procession of that pita bread.

Member Reviews

  • nickjohnson
    nickjohnson wrote a review for Qariah Restaurant
    on 12/12/12

    I went to this place in November, as soon as i entered i was given a warm welcome and the server was quick and well informed what Lebanese food actually is. we ordered the chicken shawarma platter and the kafta platter with hummus, cauliflower and garlic potatoes and it was simply amazing, i loved the chicken shawarma and the garlic sauce with it.
    Would come back again!!

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  • Hala on 05/17/13

    حمص باللحمه وكبه و الكنافه ♡·♡

  • Dallas Observer on 06/04/13

    Healthy and delicious!

  • Ashley B. on 06/23/13

    Spring for the premium hookah. It's worth it!

  • Mellissa on 03/10/13

    For a girls night out, try the Qariah feast for 4 - it's enough to feed 7! Finish off the dinner with the baklava and Turkish coffee.

  • Ryan S. on 02/15/13

    The best falafel I've ever tasted and I've had many different versions.

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