I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when I saw this. I mean, come on, Barbar is the place you stop at 4:30AM after a night of clubbing when you’re super hungry and your options aren’t that many. But, then again, a good kebab isn’t just the price, presentation, pedigree of the beef, etc. It’s about the most popular one too, the one anyone and everyone can eat, one which without it, Beirut, more specifically Hamra, would not be the same.
We’ve all eaten at Barbar, especially AUBites and LAU students. It might not be the most luxurious, but I think it does deserve the best kebab title for Beirut in that, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Barbar always has a couple of dozen folks waiting in line or enjoying their weird sandwiches on the sidewalk. Barbar also delivers a lot and I remember from my AUB election days, we used to always order Djeij w 2raydes (chicken and shrimp sandwich), a notoriously weird, but extremely good mix I have yet to see anywhere else in the world.
So, cut the place some slack and stop whining about it being “dirty” and “cheap”. The sheer volume of meat Barbar moves every day is basically enough to ensure none of it goes rancid or spoils. So, mabrook Barbar! And I’ll probably grab a good old djeij w 2raydess tonite after clubbing =P