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September 20, 2009

Tarbouch Restaurant

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carly J Hallman @ 3:10 pm

In a city as food-centric as Austin, it’s unbelievable that there are so few establishments that combine great food and a lounge-like atmosphere. Austinites are known for being relaxed people, so why don’t more restaurants cater to this?

Tarbouch Restaurant, located in an unassuming brick building at 534 E. Oltorf, seems to have stumbled its way into filling a gaping hole in Austin’s restaurant scene. While the décor left much to be desired (with its traditional colors and sponge-painted ceiling, the building appears to have formerly been a Mexican restaurant) the atmosphere was cozy, even homey– Tarbouch is family-owned and operated (a dad-cooks-and-daughter-waits-tables feel).

Falafel Wrap

Falafel Wrap

Gyro Wrap

Gyro Wrap

Tarbouch offers generous portions of authentic Lebanese food at surprisingly low prices. For $5.99, I had the Falafel Wrap on whole wheat pita bread. When my plate arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a massive Mediterranean salad accompanied the wrap (said salad was not noted on menu). Quality and quantity– I wound up taking half of my food home in a to-go box. My dinner companion ordered the $7.99 lamb Gyro wrap. The food was delicious, fresh, and relatively healthy. We quickly agreed that Tarbouch could become one of our regular dining spots.

After dinner, we sauntered outside to the patio to smoke a hookah. At $10.99, Tarbouch offers one of the cheapest hookahs in town. Cheap doesn’t mean poor quality, however– it was on par with any other in Austin.

Lungs full of rose-mint tobacco and bellies full of delicious, exotic food, we slumped in our patio chairs and lazily watched the steady stream of Oltorf traffic pass. What more could an Austinite ask for?

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