Note: with the recent review of Bennies in the New York Times, I decided to feature one of my favorite local restaurants. I’ve updated the post with a bunch of new photos from a recent meal.
54 E Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ
Web Site: http://www.benniesofenglewood.com
When I’ve been eating hardcore pizza and hamburgers and meats for a couple of days, I crave refreshing Mediterranean cuisine that is dominated by vegetarian dishes. My favorite place to indulge in this is Bennies, a family-run Lebanese restaurant on Palisade Avenue in Englewood.
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I’ve been eating at Bennies for almost ten years now, ever since I moved into the local Tenafly/Englewood/Fort Lee area. When you eat there, you’re made to feel like a welcomed member of their extended family. Fadia, the attractive, talkative and health and ingredient-obsessed matriarch, who looks like a sexy Middle Eastern movie star, prepares a phalanx of salads, appetizers and cold dishes and bakes all the pastries that are served there.
She only uses the absolute best produce, and while they are Muslim, she buys only the best quality Kosher meats for the restaurant, and the place has both a strong Arab and Israeli following.
Bennies does so many things well, and its hard to touch on everything the restaurant excels at in one visit. But here’s a sample.
Cold display case of Mezze/Mazza
Cold salads display case (2009)
Spicy red pepper dip (Muhamara) with Hummus and Tabbouleh (Parsley/tomato/Bulghur) salad (2009)
Sesame Chicken with Vegetable Couscous and Roasted Vegetables (2009)
Kofta Kebab Sandwich
Chicken and Kofta Kebab Combo over Bulghur and Spinach (2008)
Kofta Kebab Platter over Rice and Mixed Vegetables (2009)
Salmon with Grilled Mushrooms (2008)
Nutella and Banana Crepe
Arabic Coffee (2009)
Fresh Fruit Juice