Within a few minutes of speaking with Ramzal Salem, you immediately feel comfortable, like chatting with an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Ramzal Salem’s parents are from Lebanon, and she, like so many other entrepreneurs, wanted to showcase her food and family traditions by opening a restaurant. Four years ago, Salem set to work designing, purchasing, decorating and creating the recipes which led to opening Beirut Street Food. What sets her apart from other shawarma eateries is they use a charcoal grill that she uses to cook the meat on a spit horizontally infusing it with a hint of smoke you won’t find in other Lebanese restaurants. She makes fresh pita bread every day, forming and cooking the bread one pita at a time, on a grill right behind the counter where you can watch the magic. In addition, she uses local, fresh ingredients and imports spices from the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon to grind them making her own delicious za’atar, also available for purchase.