Foster Avenue runs east and west along the south end of the Andersonville neighborhood, and is primarily residential with exception of a small stretch between N. Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, no more than 100 yards. Here is where you’ll find one of the most cherished lunch dives among locals – Taste of Lebanon. The weathered awning sitting above the entrance sports the red, white, and cedar tree of the Lebanese flag and should serve as a hint to the pride they put into their food and service. The menu delivers staple Mediterranean dishes made in the Lebanese tradition, such as falafel, grape leaves, shawarma, and lentil soup. You may already know, but not all Mediterranean food is the same – each country in the region uses distinct ingredient or spice combinations.
About twelve years ago when I was in graduate school, a friend shared this budget-friendly secret with me – Lentil soup with pita – only $2.60. I survived school on that soup and I’m still not tired of it! Next to the lentil soup, my favorites are the 6-piece Grape Leaves and the Falafel Sandwich with Hummus. Everything is delicious and filling, and even though you order at the counter, the gentleman who took your order will hand-deliver your food right to your table. This is a wonderful place to warm up with comforting Lebanese delights, people-watch, and let your mind wander off into the seaside mural that covers the length of the restaurant. This tiny place delivers in a big way!