At Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery, we’re proud to bring the Lebanese tradition of Mezze-style eating to Toledo, Ohio. Mezze-style eating is extremely popular in the Middle East! In fact, you’ve probably eaten a Mezze-style meal at your favorite Lebanese restaurant without even realizing it. Let’s take a look at what Mezze-style eating really is, as well as why it’s so popular in Lebanon and other countries.
So What Exactly is Mezze-Style Eating?
When you’ve eaten at Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery in the past, you’ve probably enjoyed some of our delicious appetizers. Hommus, Mujadra and Veggie Grape Leaves are only a few of the delicious appetizers we offer. You might not have realized it at the time, but these tasty appetizers are actually mezze dishes! The word “mezze” means “taste” or “snack”, and in many Middle Eastern countries people use this phrase to describe the delicious appetizer dishes you’ve come to love.
In America, most mezze dishes are served as appetizers before a meal. Many people in America don’t want to make a meal out of Fried Kibbie or Falafel, no matter how delicious it is. Most Americans crave something more substantial for their main meal, so mezze dishes have been listed as appetizers on most Lebanese menus in America. However, if you traveled overseas to Lebanon, you’d find a very different situation!
Why are Mezze Plates so Popular in Lebanon?
In Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, most people are glad to make an entire meal out of mezze dishes. Instead of having one small appetizer of Hommus or Baba Ghannouj followed by a main course, they’ll have five or six mezze plates for dinner. This is an excellent chance to taste a wide variety of delicious foods! People in the Middle East enjoy huge meals made up of many different mezze plates, and their meals are exciting from start to finish.
In Lebanon, mezze plates are served four or five at a time to everyone at the table. A mezze-style meal is often considered a social event. It’s a great opportunity for family and friends to bond over delicious Lebanese food. Mezze is more than just a meal in Lebanon, and many people look forward to this unique dining experience.
Is Mezze-Style Eating Right for Me?
Next time you visit Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery, we have a tasty challenge for you. Instead of having one large meal for your main course such as a Lamb Kabob or a Chicken Shawarama platter, consider having a mezze-style meal! You’ll be able to choose from many delicious options such as Falafel, Loubieh and Kibbie Nayyeh. If you come with a group of family and friends, you’ll be able to share these delectable appetizers between the entire table. It’s a great chance to relax and bond over an excellent meal.
To make the most out of your mezze-style meal at Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery, have everyone in your group choose a mezze plate to share! Enjoying these tasty snacks will bring you all closer together. Next time you’re going out for lunch or dinner in Toledo, Ohio, treat yourself to some authentic Lebanese mezze plates at Sidon Lebanese Grille and Bakery.