Alforon is authentic Mediterranean cuisine – The Daily Aztec
Alforon Mediterranean is the award-winning College Area restaurant that offers authentic Lebanese cuisine.
Located at 5965 El Cajon Blvd, this restaurant is a six-minute drive from campus. They are open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Alforon Mediterranean is a family business run by George Salameh. Opened in 2009, the restaurant was Salameh’s third attempt at professional work after his previous jobs as an airline pilot and in the automotive industry.
Following in the footsteps of his father, who is a chef in Lebanon, where Salameh comes from, he opened a restaurant that serves comforting traditional Lebanese cuisine.
The restaurant was designed and organized by Salameh. Upon entering the premises, one has the impression of being transported to the Middle East.
“We are your local award-winning Mediterranean restaurant,” said Salameh. “If you want to live an experience, come and try us. “
This experience is what makes the restaurant unique as customers dine in a setting similar to that of an Arab palace; Arabic music plays in the background as the aromas of spices overwhelm your senses.
At some point during your visit, Salameh and his wife will leave their kitchen positions to personally greet you and welcome you to their restaurant, an act that customers say makes them feel right at home.
Their menu consists of traditional Lebanese comfort food such as Kibbie, Kafta and a variety of delicious flatbreads in which Salameh specializes. Its flatbreads come in over 30 different styles and contain ingredients from around the world such as soujouk, a type of spicy meat used on flat breads and other dishes, and za’atar, a blend of black and earthy that tastes delicious on a flatbread.
The restaurant has received many accolades since its opening. In 2014 it was named the 25th restaurant of Yelp.com List of the 100 best places to eat in the United States.
He also hosted the Food Network show Diners, drive-in and dives, hosted by web legend Guy Fieri, for an episode highlighting their Ozouk lamb dish and their soujouk pancakes.
Salameh’s personal touch on the traditional Lebanese dessert Aaysh Essaraya was featured in San Diego magazine as the restaurant received two Critics’ Choice awards from the magazine.
The dessert is a syrupy cake topped with pistachio, like a cloud, that tastes like a Greek fantasy. The syrup has a sweet taste of lavender and rosewater that infuses deeply with the chewy yet crunchy cake that will leave you asking for seconds.
Some of Alforon’s must-have dishes are their two chef’s specialties, Ouzi’s and Fisherman’s Lamb Rice Dishes, as well as their freshly made-to-order flatbreads.
Depending on what you order, expect to spend $ 10 to $ 25 on their dishes but, as Salameh said, “these aren’t dishes that take 15-20 minutes to make.” The food served at Alforon will be hearty, delicious, and contain the special ingredient of love for every visit. Learn more about Alforon on their website www.alforon.com and follow them on Instagram @alfaron_sd.