Nicholas Restaurant by xdi18574


Lebanese & Middle Eastern Cuisine
    The one and only location in Portland

       Serving Portland since 1986
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        celebration or catering events

    Mon-Sat 1 1-9pm Sun 12-9pm

               318 se Grand Ave
              Portland, Oregon

                              appetizers are served with fresh pita bread
Humus à                                                                                      $5.00
Freshly baked garbanzo beans, blended with tahini, lemon juice and garlic, garnished with parsley and olive oil.
Baba Ghanoug à                                                                               $5.00
Fresh oven roasted eggplant, peeled and ground with tahini, garlic, lemon juice and garnished with parsley and olive
Tahziki                                                                                      $5.00
Rich sour cream blended with homemade yogurt, fresh garlic, lemon juice and cucumbers.
Tahini à                                                                                     $5.00
Sesame seed dressing mixed with parsley, garlic and lemon juice.
Falafel Plate Uà		                              	        	        	        	       	         $5.00
Five falafel balls served with your choice of tahini or tahziki. Choosing tahini makes this plate vegan.

                                                                            Grapeleaves . . .
                                                                            5 to a serving are made
                                                                            fresh like everything at
                                                                            Nothing canned - ever.

Grapeleaves                                                                                  $5.00
Five boiled grapeleaves stuffed with rice and beef. Served with tahziki.
Veggie Grapeleaves Uà	 	                                	        	        	        	         $5.00
Five boiled grapeleaves filled with rice, thyme, oregano, parsley, tomatoes, garlic, mint, olive oil and lemon juice
with special spices. Served with your choice of tahini or tahziki. Choosing tahini makes this plate vegan.

         Vegan dishes are marked à	 Vegan *optional* are marked Uà
                  PLEASE tell us you want or need àegan
                    Salads & Soup
                                    all served with fresh pita bread
Tabouli à                                                                                $5.00
Finely chopped parsley mixed with mint, onion, tomato, bulgar, fresh lemon juice and olive oil.
Lebanese Salad Uà                                                                        $8.75
Mesculin salad mix includes fresh greens, dandelions, frisse, baby greens, mustard green, radicchio, arugula, baby
spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta cheese. With Nicholas’ own recipe dressing. Drop the cheese for a
great vegan salad.

                                               Try the best lentil soup
                                                in Portland!

                                                 Lebanese Salad
                                                        -Fresh every day
Lentil Soup à                                                                            $4.75
Green lentils cooked with potatoes, rice, onions, basil, cilantro and parsley.

           Vegan dishes are marked à	 Vegan *optional* are marked Uà
                    PLEASE tell us you want or need àegan
      All sandwiches are rolled into fresh homemade pita bread, filled with lettuce, tomatoes and onions, with a
               generous spread of tahziki sauce, OR tahini sauce. Served with fresh made pita chips.

   Try our Combo Meal:Includes fresh humus OR baba and a small Lebanese Salad and fresh hot pita bread.
               Add $ 1 . 0 0 f o r h u m u s d r e s s i n g o r f e t a a d d e d t o a n y s a n d w i c h .
                            Substitute t a b o u l i f o r s a l a d i s $ 1 . 5 0 m o r e

Falafel Sandwich (Uà w/tahini) $6.00                                                  Combo Meal:   $9.00
Garbanzo beans, fava beans, parsley, garlic,& dried vegetables blended together and deep fried in vegetable oil.
Veggie Sandwich à                                                    $8.50            Combo Meal:   $10.50
Grilled zucchini, eggplant and califlower, sauteed onions and a little rice with tahini.
Gyros Sandwich                                                       $6.00            Combo Meal:   $9.00
Roasted tender seasoned lamb slices.     Add   feta cheese for$ 1.00 extra
Kafta Sandwich                                                       $6.00 Combo Meal: $9.00
Fresh ground beef mixed with parsley, tomatoes and our special spices.
Chicken Sandwich                                                     $6.00 Combo Meal: $9.00
Breaded golden seasoned grilled chicken breast, straight from our grill to the pita.
Shawarma Sandwich                                                    $7.00 Combo Meal: $9.25
Fresh cuts of to sirloin beef marinated over night with garlic, olive oil, ten different Middle Eastern spices passed
down by the owners grandparents, with herbs and red wine and tahini sauce.
Labney Sandwich - a must try                                         $7.00 Combo Meal: $9.25
Imported yogurt cheese spread on fresh pita bread and layered with kalamata black olives with fresh mint, extra
virgin olive oil, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Nicholas’s Special Makanik Beef Sausage Sandwich
                                                                     $7.00 Combo Meal: $9.25
Lebanese style sausage made from scratch here at Nicholas. Fresh ground beef seasoned with thyme, oregano, basil,
parsley, garlic and five secret spices. It’s not your ordinary sausage.

                                               Beirut, Lebanon
           Vegan dishes are marked à	 Vegan *optional* are marked Uà
                    PLEASE tell us you want or need àegan
     Popular Lebanese and Middle Eastern
              Specialty Dishes
                                           all served with our mesculin mixed salad.
                                     Substitute t ab o u l i f o r s a l a d a d d $ 1 . 5 0 m o r e
Lamb Platter (ghanam)                                                                                       $12.75
Cuts of lamb marinated over night with garlic, thyme, oregano, mint, olive oil and a secret wine sauce. Served with grilled
vegetables and layered on top of our special flavored rice.
Deep Fried Eggplant or Zucchini à                                                                           $9.25
Large slices of eggplant or zucchini marinated with garlic lemon juice, olive oil and basil, deep fried and then dipped
again in the same marinade, served with tahini.
Falafel Delight à                                                                                           $8.75
Falafel, humus, and bread served with tahini.


Mjadra à                                                                                                    $9.00
You never thought a rice and lentil dish could taste so good. Brown lentils carefully cooked with rice olive oil, and our secret spices then
layered with carmelized onions and a sprinkle of cumin.
Kibbah                                                                                                      $10.25
Perhaps the most traditional of Lebanese plates. Bulgar dough filled with lamb, pine nuts, onions and special spices,
oven roasted served with tahziki sauce.
Foohl Mudamas à                                                                                             $7.50
Fava beans baked with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and garnished with cumin and parsley.
Stephen’s Chicken Platter                                                                                   $10.25
Invented by a loyal customer, moist cuts of breaded chicken served on top of our special flavored
rice and layered with tahziki sauce and fresh tomatoes, garnished with parsley.
Stephen’s Beef                                                                                              $10.25
Fresh cut sliced beef marinated overnight in red wine, garlic, extra virgin oil, basil, oregano, thyme
and other secret spices passed down from our grandparents, grilled and layered on a bed of rice
with tahziki sauce and small cuts of fresh tomato.
                         Mezza Platters
          A special combination of dishes served Lebanese buffet style.
     Your mezza comes with humus, falafel and tabouli and fresh pita bread.
                        You choose the option of vegetarian or vegan or meat.
                        Add       baba or feta cheese to any one mezza for $2.50 more
    Vegetarian                          Vegan à		 	                                	   Meat
	         	         	         	         	          	         	        	            	   Choose	2	meat	items
    spinach p i e                           m j a d r a (cooked lentils w/ rice)       triangle lamb pies
    manakish                                garbanzo plate                             kafta
                                                                                       s k e w e r e d l a m b add $ 1 . 00

Mezza for one                                                                                              $8.75

Mezza for two                                                                                              $17.50

Mezza for three                                                                                        $26.25

Mezza for four                                                                                         $35.00
                                                         - fresh veggies
                                                         - tender cuts of meat
                                                         - authentic spices

             Kababs are served on a platter with our special flavored rice and a mesculin mixed salad.
                             Substitute t a b o u l i f o r s a l a d a d d $ 1 . 5 0 m o r e

 Chicken Kababs                                                                                        $9.00
 Moist cut chicken skewered with vegetables, marinated, roasted with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil & special spices,
 Kafta Kababs                                                                                          $9.00
 Freshly ground beef mixed with onions parsley and tomatoes, served with our secret spices.
 Veggie Kababs à                                                                                       $9.00
 Fresh cuts of zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushroom, a clove of garlic and red pepper roasted in our oven and
 layered with our special Middle Eastern sauce, Served with vegan rice and potato.

  - marinated
     with care

- grilled up right
when you order
   From the Cradle of Civilization
  come the treasured recipes of the
  Middle East. All our recipes are
made from scratch, we do it the real
 authentic way...and hospitality is
             part of our tradition.
                 - Hilda Khouri


                Lebanese Pizzas
Phoenician Pizza (lahm bi ajeene)                                           $4.75
Ground beef with tomatoes, onions, parsley and secret spices.
Lebanese Cheese                                                             $4.75
100% mozzarella cheese baked on dough and layered with sesame seeds.
Habak Pizza                                                                 $8.25
Fresh cut basil, stirred with butter and then layered with fresh slices of garlic all
spread together, put on dough and baked. Garnished with tomato and parsley.
Manakish (zahtar) à                                                         $4.75
Thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, sumac, blended with olive oil, layered on dough. Baked in
our authentic oven.
Spinach Pie (sbanagh) à                                                     $4.75
Add feta or m o z z a r e l l a c h e e s e f o r $ 1 . 2 5
Fresh cut spinach marinated in extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, onions, pine nuts
and secret spices.
Shatta (har) à                                                              $5.00
Red hot pepper marinated with olive oil, mixed with onions and sesame seeds put on
dough and baked in our authentic oven.
Calzones                       Uà                                           $8.25
Mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, olives, pepperoni, mushrooms and onions.
Vegan c a l z o n e s a v a i l a b l e -                 ask.

           Vegan dishes are marked à	 Vegan *optional* are marked Uà
                    PLEASE tell us you want or need àegan
                   Specialty Drinks
Turkish Coffee                                                                           $2.75
CinnaMint Tea                                                                            $2.75
Mint tea steeped with cinnamon sticks.

 Turkish Coffee                    Peach Juice                         Hot Tea                   Strawberry
Try our fresh 100% Peach Juice                                                           $3.50
A popular juice enjoyed on almost every front porch in Lebanon.
Fresh juiced peach, blended with freshly squeezed lemons, cream, a touch of rose water and a drop of
almond syrup.
Strawberry Yogurt Drink                                                                  $4.00
Fresh strawberries blended with homemade yogurt and sugar, rose water and topped with whipped cream.
Airan                                                                                    $3.50
A savory yogurt drink. Smooth and delicious.

Lemonade                                                                                 $2.00
Hot Tea                                                                                  $2.00
Ice Tea                                                                                  $2.00
Pepsi                                                                                    $2.25
Diet Pepsi                                                                               $2.25
Sierra Mist                                                                              $2.25
Riz bil Halleeb                                                                                           $5.50
Lebanese style rice pudding. It’s not your average rice pudding. The taste is stunning and the layered pistachios
are addictive. Topped with whipped cream. Gotta try it.

Baklava                                                                                                   $2.75
Lebanese sugar syrup, walnuts, pistachios rolled up in crisp phyllo dough all made here at Nicholas.

             Almond Milk Pudding
Knafa                                                                                                     $4.25
Shredded phyllo dough stuffed with pistachios and natural sweet honey.
Almond Milk Pudding                                                                                       $5.50
A big bowl of rich yet light pudding topped with chopped pistachios and whipped cream.
          Nichola s R e s t a u r a n t
                The S t o r y o f O u r F i r s t 2 0 Ye a r s
                        at Our One and Only Location
                          Nicholas Restaurant was established in June of 1986 by Nicholas and Linda Dibe, my mother and father.
                                                 Nicholas Searches for a New Life - Nicholas was a public relations officer for Air France for
                                                   the 35 years preceding 1982. In that year, the tragic war in Beirut, Lebanon forced Nicholas
                                                  to take a leave of absence to seek refuge and a better life for his wife and four children in the
                                                                                                                                    United States.

                                                     Coming from the ‘old country,’ neither Nicholas nor Linda had the language or the experi-
                                                      ence to achieve financial survival. Linda had to take a full time job doing carpet alteration
                                                     at Atiyeh Carpet Cleaning just to put food on the table at home. Since her small amount of
                                                      pay was our family’s only income, Nicholas decided to return to the tragedies in Beirut in
                                                      order to provide more income for us. Two years passed. We missed our Dad and his holi-
                                                        day visits became tedious and they reminded us of how lonesome we were living apart.
                                                      My parents had to find a solid source of income and a stable family living situation in the
                                                        United States. After 37 years of dedicated service to Air France Airlines, Dad decided to
                                                         take his retirement and use his pension to invest in the authenticity that is today the one
                                                                                                                     and only Nicholas Restaurant.

                                                              Running a restaurant - an “undefined journey” - Driven by compliments they
                                                            received from numerous acquaintances about their cooking Mom and Dad started a
                                                         “mom and pop store” selling pizza and calzones to survive. They were complete ama-
                                                        teurs in the restaurant business and they had their full pension tied to the future success
                                                          of the restaurant. Hired help was a luxury, so when opening day came, Linda quit her
                                                           job and joined her husband on this undefined journey. In what was once a run down
                                                         tavern that had lain vacant for many years they started Nicholas Restaurant. The piz-
                                                                                                                  zas and calzones were good and
                                                            Nicholas Restaurant developed a following. To introduce our already loyal custom-
      Nicholas and Linda                                      ers to more traditional “home cooking” Lebanese cuisine was added to the menu.
                                                          Word-of-mouth advertising then brought more folks hungry for flavors of the Middle
                                                        East to Nicholas. It all contributed to the slow but steady success of my parents’ dream.

  To bring out the traditional taste of authentic Lebanese cooking, our black oven was imported along with various other restaurant equipment
    from our home thousands of miles away over land and sea. For many years this wonderful oven has warmed up every day for baking and
                                           bread making. The equipment expenditure was great, but it was imperative for real Lebanese cooking.
A tradition for us and for Portland - Now two decades later, through your support and loyalty, YOU, our customers have made us what we
are today - a one of a kind family restaurant. Nicholas and Linda are now a self-proclaimed semi-retired couple. Dad still insists on coming
in and advising on buying supplies, or roasting some eggplant for the baba. Mom still comes in several times a week and puts her heart in
making the humus, taboulli and the baklava.

We have been at this sole location since 1986 providing delicious meals made with the freshest and best quality ingredients. We insist on
everything being made from scratch with no shortcuts. No canned garbanzos or canned eggplant for the baba. Only the freshest bread, baked
from scratch. What you see coming out of our oven speaks for itself. Using high quality ingredients is very important to us. Not just for flavor
- cooking right is part of our culture. We really love making good food. Others may allude to being part of the Nicholas Restaurant heritage.
We assure you that, while we welcome the implied compliment, Nicholas Restaurant has never strayed from its orignal commitment to
excellence at this one and only location.

Since 1996 I have been trying my best to continue to build my parents’ legacy. Their story shows that work is not a curse or a misfortune, as
some people think, but rather, if it comes from the heart it is love made visible.

With all the events currently happening around the world and in the Middle East along with whatever circumstance may be befalling us all, a
family gathering at a table enjoying a fresh cooked meal is the highlight of the day. To us, whenever you eat at Nicholas Restaurant, you are
enjoying the pleasure of family time and togetherness and are blessed with God’s gifts and food.

Cyber-Phoenician Journey - Nicholas on the Web Check out our website: We have a newsletter and we
share some of our recipes. Short stories about Middle Eastern traditions and cultures and some of your contributions are all there. Menus are
there too for your take-out, event or catering order convenience.

We would like to extend our gratitude for the reviews we receive in local publications, on the news and on the Internet. And, of course, we
thank each one of you who tells your friends and family where to get the best Lebanese food in town, right here at Nicholas Restaurant.

Thank you for reading our story. We look forward to serving you again and again.
Hilda & Ziad, Owners
Nicholas Restaurant & Arabian Breeze Restaurant
    Nicholas Restaurant
     Your Event Caterer!
    Over 3500 delicious & successful
         events and counting!

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               Party Platters.
         We will work with your budget.
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           N i cWeekday Specials r a n t
                                       Served in house from 5PM to Close
                                      All served with our mesculin mixed salad.
    Braised Lamb                                                                                         $12.50
  Lamb as only Nicholas can serve it...braised with mushrooms and served with coriander potatoes.

                  Butter Rice                                              Braised Lamb
Tuesday                                                                                  Thursday
 Cabbage Rolls $11.75                                                                     Butter Rice with
Tender cooked cabbage leaves rolled                                                      Chicken & Ground Beef
around a combination of spiced                                                                             $11.50
ground beef, rice, onions, garlic                                                        Just as wonderful as it sounds -
& mint cooked to boil in a gently                                                        butter rice with chunks of cooked
seasoned tomato-basil sauce.                                                             chicken and savory ground beef.
                                                Skewered Beef
Wednesday                                                                                Friday
Skewered Beef                                                                             Lamb Shank
Platter   $10.50                                                                                 $14.00
Cuts of beef marinated over night                                                        Fridays join us for roasted lamb
with garlic, thyme, oregano, mint,                                                       shank served on the bone with our
olive oil and a secret wine sauce served                                                 original garlic mashed potatoes and
with grilled vegetables and layered                                                      family recipe okra.
on top of our special flavored rice.

                                                    Cabbage Rolls
                                           substitute tabouli for salad add $1.50 more

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