449 N. 2nd St
Hours: T-Sat 10a-8p
Damascus: one of those restaurants that has left its memorable impression since our visit on a snowy night this winter. We were curious after the recommendation of a few different friends. Family-owned and operated by Syrian natives, authentic cuisine & friendly service are part of the experience. (Their slogan on their t-shirts and menu says it all: "Food so good you'll think we stole your mother!") In an unassuming house in this Allentown neighborhood, it has modest yet hospitable decor. Its large tables promote communal eating with a vast
|grape leaves & babaghannouj|
We sampled 3 of their appetizers: stuffed grape leaves (vegetarian & meat, 12 for $6),hummus ($4.50) and babaghannouj (smoked eggplant dip with lemon, garlic & sesame paste $4.50) with pitas. Wow.
A definite highlight was the dessert. Not only was it the best baklava I've experienced, they have a "choclava", otherwise known as chocolate-infiltrated baklava. Wow. Totally memorable and I wouldn't put it past us to drive there just for dessert sometime.
An overall charming experience and a definite recommend to the Lehigh Valley.