$15 for $30 of Lebanese Fare and Drinks at Byblos Cafe

South Tampa

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Food and dance is an unshakable pair, similar to peanut butter and jelly or face paint and face skin. Brush shoulders with a dynamic duo with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Lebanese food and drinks at Byblos Cafe in South Tampa, which features a heaping side of belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night.

Offering traditional Lebanese cuisine in a setting decorated with classy Mediterranean themes, Byblos Cafe serves up a menu of delicious palatables. Start by sampling a smorgasbord of mezah dishes such as labneh ($5.95), a thick yogurt prepared with olive oil, dried mint, and garlic; tabbouleh ($6.50), Lebanon’s national salad of chopped parsley and cracked wheat; or a falafel ($5.95) with herbs and tahina sauce. For lunch, customers can experiment with a plate of ground-beef kafta kabob ($8.95) or the rice- and vegetable-stuffed grape leaves ($9.95) vegetarian dish, and dinnertime diners can choose from entrees such as the sliced and marinated chicken or beef shawarma ($15.95), baby lamb shanks ($19.95) with vegetables and basmati rice, and a grilled filet of pangasius ($16.95) served with batata harra. Sweet-toothed patrons can satisfy their cravings with a rich baklava ($2.95) pastry or an ismaliah ($4.95), a dish of ricotta cheese and shredded filo dough topped with syrup and pistachios.

Within the walls of Byblos, the eyes are enraptured by the colorful beiges and burgundies springing from walls, draperies, wall-mounted hookahs, and stray paintballs. A full bar is available to quench the fires of flaming throats, and zill-clicking belly dancers entertain diners throughout the restaurant every Friday and Saturday night.

Reviews

A tender chicken curry was just right and the depth of curry didn’t overpower the dish.With the hearty dinners, it’s little wonder one doesn’t have room for dessert.

Mary D. Scourtes, TaylorEason.com, 3/30/11

It's one of Tampa's hidden gems, as perfect for couples as it is for groups, and as alluring to vegetarians as it is to meat-lovers.

Rommie Johnson, Tampa Bay Online, 8/18/10
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    South Tampa

    2832 S MacDill Ave.

    Tampa, Florida 33629

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In a Nutshell

  • Traditional Lebanese cuisine
  • Lush interior décor
  • Belly dancers
  • Full bar and lounge

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 16th, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner menu. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.