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.





  1. Great article. Thank you for doing this story for us! We had a great time at the opening, and look forward to serving our guests here at Tiger's Cafe for many years to come.

    We will post event nights at our website, with trivia night, lebanese night, byob game night.

  2. Thanks for covering the story on our Grand Opening. Just now want to mention we are having Lebanese Night May 29th 6pm-9pm, to be the 2nd event this location will have.

    ~Lebanese Night~ Featuring Candle Light Dinner for 2, with live entertainment with a Belly Dancer. She will perform 2 sets of about 20 minutes each. The first show at 7pm and the second between 8:30 and 9pm.

    see our blog at

    or our website