BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Minneapolis 2002 -
It's sort of like dining in a collapsing balloon, what with the drooping tapestries dangling just overhead, but the tabouli is fresh-made with plenty of parsley, the spinach pie tastes rich with sumac berry, and there's something sort of charming about this dark little room whose primary light source seems to be a refrigerator case of canned juices and bottled beers. We were truly won over by the lamb curry--a huge shank stewed for so long with raisins and carrots that the meat fell away from the bone in shreds. Most dishes come in many combinations: Spinach pie and tabouli together cost $5.50; the lamb curry is $13.50; a large falafel sandwich is $5.25. Plan on spending $10 to $16 for dinner.