Tarboush may be a touch pricier than your average Lebanese restaurant, but it's oh so worth it for some of the best bamyeh okra stew ($17) in town, unctuous yet light, and ultra-tender stuffed grape leaves ($11), garnished with pomegranate molasses for an earthy-sweet contrast.

GO: 3257 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-235-3277, tarboushbistro.com, Noon-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, noon-9:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $$.