Ya Hala

8005 SE Stark
(503) 256-4484
get there via trimet
Monday-Saturday, 11-9
high-brow Lebanese

Ya HalaYa Hala is my favorite Lebanese restaurant. There, I've said it. I know you can get whole wheat pita at Karam. I know it's cheaper at Nicolas. But it's hard to beat Ya Hala. Yes, it's in Montavilla, dangerously close to 82nd. They serve lots of interesting home-style food, beautifully presented, in generous portions. Until recently, lots of menu items are ones you rarely see in these parts: beef artichoke hearts, bamyae or makloubeh. Add in the fresh-from-the-oven pita bread, and gosh. Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores can eat together happily. The atmosphere is one a midwestern parent could love. There is beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Street parking is easy, and you can pick up some spices or other middle-eastern goodies in the attached store. You know you want to!

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