The Best of Beirut
on Jan 28, 2015 By Danielle Issa
Beirut may not be harboring the so-called “bacon mania” of North America, where novelty bacon dishes have exploded thanks in part to the Internet. But it’s safe to say that bacon is finding its way on many a menu across the Lebanese capital, both in pork and turkey varieties. Dieters—that’s roughly 99% of the Lebanese population—justify bacon meat as high-protein and thus intrinsic to their weight loss regimens. Foodies rave about its intense flavor profile. The rest of us just want in on the action—it’s trendy and hip, right? We’re there.
Whatever your excuse is, you may want to hop on this tasty bandwagon. Here’s who’s serving it best in our cherished city.
Casper and Gambini’s has all-new menu items counting among them one mean Provolone Steak Sandwich. The filling? Australian beef grilled to a perfect pink, melted Provolone cheese, crispy smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and a lick of horseradish mayo all bound inside a soft, cheese-crusted ciabatta roll. Can we rename this beauty the C&G Steak BLT? It’s unreal how bacon can lift a sandwich from yummy to deliriously delicious.
ABC Achrafieh Mall
Bacon likely first made its debut as a breakfast centerpiece. Doesn’t the expression “bacon ‘n eggs” just roll off the tongue? For a stellar morning fix, head to Frosty Palace in Mar Mikhael. It may sound heretical, but forego the burger options—no, I haven’t lost my mind—for the poached eggs with add-on bacon strips. Delicate eggs on toasted bun come smothered in a creamy hollandaise and crowned with the crispy, meaty affair. Food for a palace fellow, indeed.
If carbs are out of your régime and you’re foraging for a filling salad, then Morenito’s spinach-bacon number will sweep you off your feet. Crispy bits of bacon contrasted by gelatinous slices of hardboiled egg rest on a bed of fresh spinach leaves, creating an explosion of textures and tastes that will pull you in irresistibly. The sauce? A one-of-a-kind vanilla balsamic reduction that marries impeccably with the savory bacon bites.
No Garlic No Onions
I have a feeling I’d be hunted down and crucified if I excluded Classic Burger Joint’s BBQ-Bacon offering from this list. Let’s break it down: charcoal-grilled Australian Angus grain-fed beef (saying that is a mouthful!) is doused in barbecue sauce and mayo and garnished with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled red onions, lettuce and homemade pickles. If you’re not a CBJ Addict yet, this baby is sure to win you over.
You saw it here first! America’s modern-day “roadside” burger stand, aka Shake Shack, is bringing its hit SmokeShack™ decker to outlets in Beirut. Imagine a juicy, loosely-packed, griddle-cooked beef patty (or two) topped with melted cheese, all-natural Applewood-smoked bacon, cherry pepper relish and the signature ShackSauce. Can you even hear yourself think over your stomach’s harsh growls? Fans of the joint’s crinkle-cut fries now have one new reason to visit Shake Shack.
Beirut City Centre
Danielle Issa is a food blogger in Lebanon. You can find her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog, Beirutista.
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