(This venue is closed.) It's an eye-catching storefront, even if the menu has no evident culinary connection with the namesake emirate. In particular, a "Dubai burger," though made with halal beef, otherwise seems to be nothing more than your usual well-dressed half-pounder. Perhaps the shop's name is a case of wishful thinking, or perhaps it's an homage to the owner's home country. The counterman this day was simply an employee, from Syria, and I didn't press the inquiry.
"Getting the community together" was one inspiration of this annual event, held by Balady each year since 2006. As of 2013 the public iftar is constrained to the sidewalk near the halal market's storefront; likewise, the dates that traditionally break the daily fast were crowded on a single plate with roast lamb, roast chicken, kufta (beef kufta, I believe), rice, salad, and olives. A mild-cheese-filled pastry and potent Arabic coffee came after.
A Ramadan favorite in the Middle East, katayef are stuffed pancakes whose name you'll see in many spellings (more, to be sure, than for Beirut). Stuffing and cooking katayef is typically done in home kitchens, but during the fasting month pancakes are prepared en masse at local bakeries; the dozen shown here ($3.99) came from a point-of-purchase display at a grocer and butcher. That same shop supplied a basic hand-mixed filling ($7.99 per pound) of walnuts, pecans, coconut, and golden raisins.
The stuffed pancakes are crimped shut, baked or fried, and dressed with syrup and, perhaps, finely ground pistachio. This recipe, for a more elaborate version, depicts the ready-to eat pastries.
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Diples (Thee-place) are Peloponnesian pastries made from thin sheets of dough that have been folded — hence their doubled-over name — while being fried. Each dipla ($2) is then dressed with syrup, crushed walnuts, and cinnamon. They're very brittle and light; a few small pieces blew free in the breeze.
Also shown: a crisp-eared spit-roasted pig, lemony fresh from a procedure that propriety prevents my showing.
(This venue is closed.) I prefer rounder loops, for no reason I can put my finger on except custom; the narrow shape of this bakery's wares ($1.50) probably helps with the shipment of wholesale orders. Otherwise, that "A" — an accidental squiggle in brown mustard — is on the mark. Egg creams, lime rickeys also available.