The Buds have looooooooong been fans of Wheeling's Lebanon Bakery.
Having not eaten there "professionally" since 2006, the Buds were delighted when Em's keen eye spotted an advertisement from the eatery that boasted a new outdoor seating area.
Without an ounce of hesitation, the Buds did a little happy dance and were out the door to check it out.
Outdoor dining area
Upon arriving at the eatery, located at 2122 Main Street, the Buds observed the sunny courtyard adjacent to the building. With several umbrella tables, green grass and pretty pots of flowers, the Buds found the outdoor dining area quite charming and were anxious to enjoy their lunches in the sunny spot.
If you've ever been to the Lebanese Bakery, then you'd know just exactly how hard it is to settle on what to eat!
Patrons can enjoy Mediterranean delights of all varieties: kibby, gyros, grape leaf rolls, hummus, taboule, spinakopita, zatar, shis-ka-bobs, falafel, pastries and more. They also make many unique items such as their own delicious pita bread, broccoli and cheddar rolls, pepperoni rolls, spinach pies, meat pies, spinach and beef foccacias and the pepperoni or spinach Fadul. Of course they also offer a variety of salads including Greek, Lebanese, garden, Gyro Greek, Taboule and Laban.
As if those items weren't tempting enough, we dare you to indulge in their desserts and baked goods such as several varieties of Baklawa, fudge, nut rolls, cakes and cookies.
Bud Em finally opted for the pepperoni Fadul combo which rang in at $8.45 included the Fadul, Lebanese salad and a side of olives, tomato and fresh feta. What an amazing choice! The Fadul - a yummy creation that looks sort of like a calzone - was made with their own dough and filled with pepperoni, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, and onions and peppers. Bud Em declared it to be one of the tastiest things she'd ever eaten! Really - you must try it to fully appreciate its yumminess! The salad on the side was also delicious - a cold medley of zucchini, green beans, tomato, onion, spices and hunks of feta.
Bud Shaunna, having a problem deciding between either a spinach pie or a meat pie, just bit the bullet and ordered one of each. Even though she likes spice, she sort of wimped out by choosing the mild seasoned meat pie. The bread shell was soft and warm, and it was packed with lots of meat. It had a good flavor, although Bud Shaunna thinks the hot seasoning would have been more flavorful. Next time! The spinach pie had the same doughy shell as the meat pie, and inside was loaded with spinach and onions and seasoned with ... wait for it ... DILL! The Buds LOVE dill! With a 20 ounce drink, Bud Shaunna's lunch rang in at just over 8 bucks.
With full bellies and smiles of content, the Buds sat a few more minutes in the sunlit courtyard to enjoy the 'high' of a chart-topping meal. *Sigh* A return visit will be made very soon indeed!
The Lebanon Bakery is a must-visit for any food lover - the Buds promise you won't be disappointed!
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