Fried Kibbe @ Byblos
Kibbe (pronounced “kibbie”) is ground beef or lamb with an admixture of cracked wheat and parsley. It is served in restaurants fried but rarely coated. In Lebanese homes, another version made with raw ground beef, mixed with the same ingredients and spices as the fried kibbe is. But few restaurants serve “kibbe nayyih,” as the raw kind is called. Fried kibbe at Byblos is just right, The outside is crusty to the point of hardness, and the interior is tender and light with its . It’s best served with hummus, the latter making a fine sauce for the kibbe.
Byblos. Old Metairie: 1501 Metairie Rd. 504-834-9773.
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