137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh
Originally reviewed by Greg Cox on 4/3/2009
“In the middle of the vibrant, casually elegant dining room, the partners placed a communal table hewn from Lebanese cedar, a tribute to the large mealtime gatherings of family and friends that are a foundation of Lebanese tradition. On one wall, overlooking the room through sepia-toned eyes, Hatem and the Saleh brothers hung large, vintage photographs of their grandmothers in the Old World. And they named the restaurant after these grandmothers, who are the hub of traditional Lebanese culture, and who are affectionately called ‘sitti.’
“The partners hired Ghassan Jarrouj, formerly chef to the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, to translate their family recipes into an extensive menu of mezze, entrees and house-baked flatbreads. Jarrouj responded with an offering that rivals the best I’ve had in Toledo and Detroit.”
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