Everyone has their favorite little neighborhood hole in the wall and in South Austin we have more than a few. Just about everyone knows how great Curra’s is with their interior Mexican food and avocado margaritas. Yet right next door is a gem many have not yet tried. Tarbouch is a humble little joint with fresh and healthy Lebanese food.
Seating is casual and there’s plenty of room both inside and on the front porch. The colorful decor is simple and homey. You’ll feel like you’ve been there before, even if you haven’t.
We sat watching the presidential debate next to the owner’s daughters and sampled a Lebanese beer. The owner brought over some spiced peanuts to snack on while we waited for our food.
The chicken shawarma plate came with thin slices of chicken breast, a house salad, and creamy garlic sauce.
And the beef kabob was served alongside roasted vegetables and fragrant rice.
And the hummus…my God, the hummus. The best ever.
Of course there was plenty of fresh pita bread to enjoy with our meals. Everything we ate was fantastic and I’d recommend it all. I still want to try their falafel, dolma, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh, and everything else on the menu. I don’t think there’s anything over ten bucks, so it’ll be no strain to visit over and over. They have other beers, wine and fun sodas, and hookahs, too. So if you haven’t checked out your little neighborhood Lebanese place, get there.