#69. Fatteh at Kareem's Restaurant

Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, and we lazy scribes love easy hits, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that continues until Best Of--at which point, we'll give you MORE lists! Now, on with the show...

I've been eating at Kareem's for nearly seven years now, if not longer, have taken dozens of people personally over the years and recommended it to hundreds. But it was just a couple of weeks ago that I partook of perhaps the best Levantine breakfast around, the Quaker Oats of the Middle East: fatteh.

Slow-cooked garbanzo beans mixed up with toasted pita chips, lost in a sea of warmed yogurt, with almond slivers, parsley, sumac and a touch of olive oil, fatteh is not for the faint of heart. But oh, how hearty this dish is--maybe a bit much for the summer, but it makes oatmeal seem like water in comparison in consistency. Give me fatteh over cereal any day--and this is coming from a many who ate nothing but Lucky Charms for the first 16 years of mornings of his life or something...and that Kareem's fatteh is probably the restaurant's fifth-best dish boggles the noggin.

1208 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, (714) 778-6829;

The list so far:

#100. Jerk Carnitas Torta at The Crosby
#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
#93. Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
#92. Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
#91. Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
#90. Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
#89. Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
#88. Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
#87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
#86. Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
#84. Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
#83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
#82. Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
#81. Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina
#80. Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant
#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco
#78. Fried Veggie Fish Fillet at Dong Phuong Tofu
#77. Tofu Vegetable Salad at BCD Tofu House
#76. Che Ba Mau at Thach Che Hien Khanh
#75. Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima
#74. Whole Lamb with Kabsa at Olive Tree
#73. 5 a.m. Chitterlings at Tri-Village
#72. Spinach Empanadas at El Gaucho #2
#71. Croissants at Molinos Bakery
#70. Beso de Monja at El Rincón del Sabor

Location Info

Kareem's Restaurant

1208 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA

Category: Restaurant

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