Peoria Restaurant Review: Kabab G’s, Another Great Lebanese Restaurant in Peoria
If you don’t know Peoria, you might not think of it as a bastion of excellent Lebanese food. Fortunately you’d be mistaken; Peoria has long boasted a large population of Lebanese descent, and this has led to a variety of excellent choices when it comes to your craving for good hummus, felafel or other Mediterranean fare.
Kabab-G is one of the newer Lebanese restaurants in Peoria, and one of the harder to find. Located in a strip mall off Pioneer Parkway, I actually had to use my phone’s GPS to find it the first time; the strip mall doesn’t face the street, and I didn’t even realize it was there. But I’m glad I made the effort, as I’m often up that way (it’s near the Peoria Ballet), and sometimes I’m hungry.
Kabab-G’s has been open for more than two years and features standard Lebanese/Mediterranean fare as well as some less familiar dishes. The owner is also willing to fix things to order (we often want things without meat) and if you become a regular you might get free tastings of things while you wait. The atmosphere is casual; you order at the counter, take a seat and they bring the food to you when it’s ready. Everything here is cooked to order, and you can watch them make it or, as a couple of friends and I have taken to doing, pull a couple of tables together and start your board gaming while you wait.
I’ll go out on a tiny limb and say this is the best Lebanese food in north Peoria; we live near Bradley, and I don’t want to insult our local eatery, Haddad’s, and frankly would have a tough time picking between the two. The food at both is great; I’d say Kabab-G’s has the better hummus (my son still rates One World as number one, he can’t be perfect), but the chicken kebab dinner at Haddad’s is to die for. And now I’ll try and just focus on Kabbab-G’s, while my stomach rumbles and tries to convince me to head over there from my current perch at Starbuck’s.
What I can definitely say is that I haven’t had anything at Kabab-G’s that was less than delicious, and some dishes are swoon-inducing.
My wife is partial to the fatteh (sp?), which is a stew-like dish of chickpeas, vegetables, pickles, spices and crunchy pita pieces which can come with a meat choice but she gets vegetarian-style. It is something different and delicious. Oh, and the pita pieces lose their crunch, so you have to eat it all in one sitting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I try and spread the love, and can say that the homemade cheese kebab platter is fabulous as is the felafel wrap that I’ve been partial to lately for lunch. And the baklava is fabulous; in fact, according to my parents who have traveled in the Middle East, it’s the best they’ve ever had. It’s not too sweet, and not too sticky and all fabulous, so save room or take some home for later.
Ha, ha, get it? While it might be a little difficult to find the first time, Kabab-G will reward you with some of the best Lebanese food in Peoria, and despite what you might think, that’s saying something. I’m happy to see that it’s been there for a couple of years, and was even happier when last time I was there every table was in use. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long run of fabulous Lebanese food in north Peoria.