“Smoking or non-smoking?”
Haven’t heard that upon entering a Dallas restaurant in years. But that’s exactly how you’ll be greeted at the chic new Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar in Deep Ellum. Don’t worry, though, the smoke here adds to the ambiance and overall experience.
Because it’s hookahs, hookers!
For us, hookah is best for after-dinner so it doesn’t compete with the wonderful aromas of the Mediterranean delights, of which there are many. Our advice? Get food recommendations from your super-hot server (every guy waiting tables the night we went was gorgeous) and dine family-style for an extensive culinary adventure.
Favorites of ours included the falafel, the watermelon salad with grilled halloumi, the lamb mac-and-cheese (careful, it’s rich!), and the chicken shawarma. The wine, beer and cocktail lists include interesting imports, too, most notably the boozy concoctions made with Arak, an anise-flavored spirit.
Owned and managed by Marc Mansour (pictured at left) and his husband CK Khoury, Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar is such a welcome change of pace. Not just because we don’t have enough gay-owned establishments, but also because we’re growing quite weary of all the burger joints, steak houses and southern spots serving fried chicken that keep popping up.
The space itself brings a contemporary sensibility that transcends expectations and also elevates the dining experience often associated with many of the Dallas-area Mediterranean spots (especially those buffet joints).
For now, they’re only serving dinner, drinks and hookah, but we hope they add brunch at some point.
And maybe some male belly dancers.
Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar
2825 Commerce Street, Dallas