HIDDEN GEM: Little Lebanon

One of our readers, Brian W. suggested we try out the hidden gem in his neighbourhood: Little Lebanon on 17th Avenue S.W.. Owned and operated by Hussein and Basitah Rafih and their family, Little Lebanon opened in 2008. Eleven years later, we’re tasting the results of their labour as we savour a manakeesh jibin – a four-cheese “pita pizza.” It. Was. Awesome. Fresh dough is made daily and we got to watch the staff pull and stretch it before putting a blend of nabulsi, halloumi, akawi and tortillon cheeses and sending it through the conveyor oven. At just $5.50 this is a great deal. We also tried the spinach and feta “pocket” which blends spinach and feta cheese with onions, lemon, pepper and fresh sumac that gives it a memorable zip. This is a perfect place for a family outing that won’t break the bank, will allow parents to have a bit of a culinary adventure while the kids can enjoy a safe-and-delicious “cheese pizza.” Little Lebanon even throws in a free baklava pastry for every customer.