Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant offers authentic dishes full of robust flavors

For the finest Middle-Eastern food from Miami to Lebanon, look no further than Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant in South Miami. The family owned and operated restaurant is located in the heart of South Miami on SW 73 Street and has been in this same location since 1993.

Fresh ingredients and flavorful dishes make up Khoury’s extensive Lebanese and Middle Eastern menu. Traditional Lebanese specialties served at Khoury’s include traditional hummus, Shawarma – tender and seasoned lamb meat served on bread and topped with condiments – and flame-grilled lamb, beef, shrimp, chicken or Kafta kebab served with homemade rice.

Other house specialties include grape leaves stuffed with rice, tomatoes, chickpea and spices, Tabbouleh salad made of chopped parsley, tomatoes, green onions, mint and crushed wheat, and baba ghannouj – charred eggplant blended with tahini sauce, salt and lemon.

If you’re looking for an expert recommendation, Mimo Khoury recommends the raw kibbeh, a northern Lebanese dish that mixes minced raw lamb and beef mixed with Khoury’s own wheat seasoning.

Mimo, who considers herself the “key to the restaurant” because of her tenure and familiarity, has been waitressing at her brother Muaron’s restaurant since its opening in 1993. She also freely admits that “everything on the menu” is her favorite dish.

Dessert at Khoury’s is not to be missed. Their baklava – a flaky pastry sweetened with honey – melts in your mouth, as does the ma’amoul, a traditional Lebanese date pastry.

Khoury’s features a full liquor bar happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Try some tasty Middle Eastern liquors like arak – an anise-flavored favorite – or Lebanese wine and beer.

For those looking to further embrace Middle Eastern tradition, the restaurant has flavored hookahs – tobacco water pipes – available for smokers.

Khoury’s offers its diners and smokers alike outside shaded seating as well as air-conditioned inside seating. Although Khoury’s offers a cozy atmosphere and a location tucked away from the South Miami traffic, the restaurant has ample free parking directly in front of the restaurant as well as street-side meter parking just a few feet from the front door.

Open seven days a week, Khoury’s is the ideal restaurant for a first date, business meeting or family dinner.

Khoury’s is located at 5887 SW 73rd St. Parties of four or more may make a reservation by calling 305-662-7707 or emailing <restaurantkhoury@hotmail.com>. Visit online at <www.khouryrestaurantmiami.com>.

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