Anaheim's Little Arabia District doesn't just offer immigrants, tourists and locals the best Middle Eastern cuisine in Southern California. Inside many of its restaurants are majestic murals rich with history and personal meaning. The portraits are part of the ambiance giving patrons from the Levant and beyond more than just dishes serving up a taste of home. From Arab Bedouin tents to the Old City of Jerusalem markets to Islamic holy sites, the restaurant murals of Little Arabia are a captivating tour of Arab and Islamic art history for all. They span modern-day Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and beyond.
Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly Citadel of Aleppo at Aleppo's Kitchen
Rida Hamida, an Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commissioner, guided the Weekly through some of the various spots as we spoke to owners, waiters and bakers about the stories behind their murals. "Little Arabia is a journey in time, through the Roman Empire to the present day," she says. "We want people to celebrate our contribution to the art and culture of Anaheim."More »