Lebanese Mezzah is bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Smithville.
The restaurant, at 7283 Regional Road 20, focuses on fresh, healthy Lebanese food and offers traditional foods as well as a special Canadian Lebanese fusion dish.
Owner Farah Dandach-ElDika opened the restaurant on May 10 after thinking, “Smithville needed something new, something healthy.”
The restaurant sells typical Lebanese food including hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and shawarma. But Dandach-ElDika has also created a Canadian Lebanese fusion “poutine shawarma” with garlic and hot sauces.
She’s also proud of the fattoush salad, which is made using an authentic recipe with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, coleslaw, parsley, mint and sumac.
Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch using “very fresh” ingredients and “nothing cheap.” Dandach-ElDika’s family comes to eat at the restaurant, so her philosophy is she only sells food she’s happy for her kids to eat.
During COVID-19 lockdowns, Dandach-ElDika started cooking and selling food from her home, since she “was bored and needed something to do.”
She started to advertise on Facebook and her page attracted hundreds of followers. Now, she’s taken the leap to open up the restaurant just outside of Smithville, and so far, she’s thrilled with the reception from the local community. “People are loving it,” she said.
“People are coming in just because they heard how good it is and want to try something new.”
Address: 7283 Regional Road 20, Smithville, in the forecourt of the Esso gas station.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
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Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News