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Karam

316 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR, 97204
223-0830 | Website
Neighborhood: Downtown
11 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday.

If you’re a novice to Lebanese cuisine, the food at Karam makes you feel right at home. Basics are executed quite well—silky tahini, pillows of warmed pita, and the effortless brilliance that is the restaurant’s hummus. If you’re hungry for something other than chickpeas, there’s a large menu and a staff willing to take you through it. Many dinner offerings are available at lunch at a lower price but sacrifice little in portion or flavor. Pumpkin kibbe ($9.95) is quite good, offering a hearty, crunchy and well-spiced meal. Some of the kebab meats can be tough, and the veggie grape leaves, though moist and tender, are saturated in lemon juice. If you’re more adventurous, have dinner. There you’ll find many traditional meals (goat!) served with humble panache. And when the meal’s over and you take home leftovers, which will happen, they’ll serve as the reminder you need to go back soon. AARON FURMANEK.

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Cuisine type: Middle Eastern
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Cheap Eats 2011: Karam


Food Reviews & Stories
If you’re a novice to Lebanese cuisine, the food at Karam makes you feel right at home. Basics are executed quite well—silky tahini, pillows of warmed pita, and the effortless brilliance that is   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 Aaron Furmanek

Karam: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
11 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday. $-$$ Inexpensive-moderate.[LEBANESE] If you’re a novice to Lebanese cuisine, the food at Karam makes you feel right at home. Basics are executed quite well—silky tahini, pillows of warmed pita, and the effortless brilliance that is the restaurant’s hummu   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
If one were spotting Portland locations for a chick flick, and a romantic-but-quirky restaurant popped up in the script, longtime Portland Lebanese joint Karam would fit the bill quite nicely. The cozy downtown restaurant is warm and inviting, with classy traditional decor that forgives the blighted   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Karam, in Lebanese, means “generous.” The owners aren’t kidding. This downtown locale remains my favorite Lebanese restaurant in Portland, and not merely because of the genuinely off-this-planet, out-of-your-gourd grape leaves and sterling falafel. Both in portions and in spirit, o   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Matthew Korfhage

Finder 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Strong takes on Middle Eastern standards like hummus and baba ghanouj are the perfect excuseto wolf down Karam’s steaming khoubiz—Lebanese flatbread—which is constantly replenishedfresh from the oven. MODERATE.   More
 
Friday, July 4, 2008
 
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