Thursday, May 21, 2009
Introducing the Falafel Waffle
I remember being at the Multnomah County Bike Fair last summer at Colonel Summers Park and thinking, "I wish there was some place nearby I could get some food." Too bad Tiger's Cafe hadn't opened yet--although a falafel waffle might have killed me that day considering how hot and full of beer I was.
But in search of food I went and not finding anything, I returned to the park, fell asleep in the grass, and woke up when a truck came to remove the portable toilets! A little hummus platter would have kept me from looking like a bum and almost being crushed by a Honey Bucket. But alas, last summer Joseph Nemr was still in Iraq and one of the most creative and surprisingly good East-meets-West dishes known to man had not been invented yet.
Considering my personal knowledge of the need for an eatery near Southeast 20th and Belmont, I was pleased to be assigned a story on the grand opening of Tiger's Cafe, which came out in today's Oregonian. It's a Lebanese restaurant opened by Nemr, who was a translator in Iraq until last November, and his wife Mary.
One of the things that really makes the place stand out is its Lebanese flag-inspired cedar tree mural by Jenn Reilly. She majored in business at Emerson and it seems to compliment her painting skills well--the mural is really purposeful, adds class to the restaurant, and makes it feel like more than your usual neighborhood ethnic place.