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Seemingly half of Little Gaza visits Kareem's three times a day, taking comfort in one of the few Orange County Middle Eastern restaurants to offer distinctive breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Owners Mike and Nancy Hawari are the sole employees of the tiny place, and the waiters/cooks/hosts coddle their customers from entrance to exit with wondrous hummus and a smile rounder than a pregnant woman's belly.
I have met hundreds of chefs in my decade reviewing Orange County restaurants, and few were more unassuming, more humble, more talented than Mike Hawari. With his wife Nancy, they opened up Kareem's R... More »
An onshore flow sways the palm trees of Anaheim's Brookhurst Plaza, a cul-de-sac of one-story strip malls surrounding a parking lot. The breeze gently flaps through the flags of Egypt, Iraq, Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries that fly... More »
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Kareem's is one of the oldest Middle Eastern restaurants in Anaheim's Little Arabia, and it's legendary for its falafels: emerald-green and poofy on the inside, dark-brown and crunchy on the outside. But while a falafel plate is fine, the better option is the pita sandwich, with the falafels lined up in a row, accentuated by the sharpness of tahini sauce, freshened by the red onions and fresh tomatoes within, all kept orderly by warmed bread. It might not seem like much and is pretty... More »
You can spend years visiting this tiny Little Arabia institution and only ordering a falafel pita, and those would be years well-spent--owners Mike and Nancy Hawari's legendary take on the Levant staple brings in people from across California, all patiently waiting for weighty chickpea orbs fried dark-brown on the outside but lawn-green within, simultaneously fragrant, chewy and crunchy, the finest in the Southland. But get off that fix just once and try a hummus like none other in... More »
One word to describe this place thats: real. nothing here is fake or processed or deep fried or can give you a heart attack. It's not like every other restaurant in the world. It's fresh real and delicious middle eastern food.
Something people eat just to get full. But i'm one of those people who only eat when it tastes good. Kareem's restaurant offers such a big variety of food that when I got there I was stuck for 20 minutes deciding. Finally I ordered the fetah. When I got it, I was so happy it was a big portion! I hate restaurants that make you pay extra for such small meals. Anyway, i shared it with a friend and was full and satisfied! Definately the best food in Orange County.
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