Do not let the lack of ambiance dissuade you from eating here if you like Middle Eastern food. We found it to be one of the most tasty we've had in a long time and we eat (or have eaten) Greek, Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Armenian cuisine. I would compare their menu akin to Syrian/Lebanese. The hummus was light but very flavorful (make sure you ask for the cucumber slices as pictured in the menu). Mom raved about the warm pita bread. We ordered four dishes between the three of us and shared, family style; the lamb kabobs, the swarma (beef), the stuffed veggies (dolmas, cabbage and crookneck squash) and the eggplant stew. These dishes also came with the tabouli, eggplant salad and jasmine rice. We ate every bit of it and could hardly move afterwards but found nearly every bite delectable. The tabouli was heavy in herbs and very lemony, unlike other tabouli that is more wheat (bulgur) than green. The eggplant salad was unusual in that the eggplant was fried to near crisp before being mixed into the green vegetables. It was less flavorful than the tabouli but still very good. The eggplant stew (not so much a stew but stewed) was so rich in flavor that every bite was singing in my mouth. Be aware that not every dish is available every day. We had originally ordered lamb shanks and potato curry but were not available at the time. We were not disappointed, though, with what we did get. If not for the fact that we had been invited to dinner at my nephew's apartment on Saturday we would have eaten dinner here two days in a row. And, lastly, the lady who served us (I believe an owner) was so nice and accommodating; she offered to save us a lamb shank if we dined there the next day. I do not know when we will be back to Johnson City any time soon but I would consider taking a detour there for this restaurant if I am in the area again.
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