Khoury’s Mediterranean restaurant is set to hit 15 this year in Las Vegas, and its Lebanese cuisine undoubtedly deserves local institution status. Everyone knows that Village Square is one of the best places in the valley for mezza, a selection of small plates including hummus, baba ghanoush, labni matoom garlic and mint yogurt dip, fried haloum cheese, and other savory bites to mix in and combine with warm, toasted flatbread.
But the less familiar parts of Khoury’s menu are just as satisfying, starting with a few other starters. Add interesting textures and intriguing flavors to your spread: bamieh ($ 8), tender okra with garlic, onion, tomato, and coriander, or the spicy bean dish foohl ($ 8), served hot and flavored with lemon, olive oil, and garlic. For a heartier opening bite, samboosak ($ 10) – mini bread dumplings – are filled with lamb and almonds.
Speaking of lamb, the gyro is of course one of Khoury’s most popular items, but the lesser-known street food standby lahm Bi Ajeen ($ 8) is a must-have, perfect for slicing and sharing or as a filling lunch itself. Finely ground lamb is made mixed with tomatoes, parsley, onions and other spices and folded into an extra toasted pita to create a portable, tasty snack. Get a side dish of avocado jalapeño hummus ($ 11.50) to dip in.
At dinner, gyros, doner kebabs, kabobs or Khoury’s signature baked garlic chicken are in the spotlight. For something with stronger flavors, try Sujuk ($ 14-18), a flavorful beef sausage of Turkish origin that is rich in garlic, sumac, and red pepper. It packs real warmth without overwhelming the other condiments, and it’s a wonderful addition to all of the cool, creamy dips on your table.
KHOURY’S 9340 W. Sahara Ave. # 106, 702-671-0005. Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-10pm; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.