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Beirut Food & Culture

If there's one thing all Lebanese can agree to, it is the holy worship of good food. The restaurant scene in Lebanon, ever fleeting due to stiff competition and an unforgiving economy, reflects an array of concepts that have withstood the test of time. From food activist and decorated chef Kamal Mouzawak's Tawlet, where rural villagers don apron and toque to cook local, authentic dishes, to more contemporary eateries like whose proverbial bread and butter are Montreal smoked meat and Poke bowls, there is no shortage of inspiring, innovative restaurants whose backstories are often more enticing than the food itself.