That Lebanese Place

That Lebanese Place, a food truck located on North Glenstone Avenue in Springfield, serves up quick dishes with a lot of flavorful flair.

That Lebanese Place

836 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield,
417-773-0776,
facebook.com/ThatLebanesePlace
Open Mon.–Fri., 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.;
Sat., 4–8 p.m.
$

We were finally able to try the newest food cart in town, That Lebanese Place, located at 836 N. Glenstone Avenue in the Transport Graphics parking lot. The small white food cart is fairly inconspicuous; with just a small sign on top, it’s very easy to miss if you blink. You can get your food to go, or you can grab a seat at one of the four picnic tables. We highly suggest getting to That Lebanese Place a little before noon. It will keep you from getting stuck in the line that tends to build with hungry folks looking for a bite on their lunch breaks.

There are only four menus, so if you do get caught in line, it’s still fun to chop it up with the other patrons and pass the menus around.

My buddy Shawn Kraft and I decided to order a spread, so we could try a bunch of different things. We got the kafta kebab, Pepper Joe and fries, baba ganouj, fattoush and the Hummus Beiruty. We also got two bottles of water, and the total was only $23. Not too shabby for how much we ordered.

Out of all the food we ordered, we agreed that the Hummus Beiruty and the Pepper Joe were our two favorites. The Hummus Beiruty is a blend of traditional hummus that is made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. It’s topped with a peppery and slightly-sweet ground beef mixture and then drizzled with olive oil and served with pita bread. The lemon juice gives the hummus a really fresh and clean taste. It’s a meal all by itself.

The Pepper Joe is described on the menu as a “sloppy Joe with a Lebanese passport.” It kind of is, but it doesn’t have the ketchup tang of a traditional sloppy Joe. Plus it has a lot more pepper to add a kick. The ground beef is seasoned with a bunch of Lebanese spices and cooked with onions, sweet bell peppers and hot peppers. The mixture is loaded into a warm pita and topped with garlic and tomato sauce along with mustard, tomatoes, pickles and lemon juice. We both loved the fresh pita and how thin it was. At a lot of restaurants, the pita bread can be really thick and doughy. That Lebanese Place does pita right.

The French fries are your typical frozen crinkle cut fries. We didn’t really mind, except there was no salt and pepper, so the fries were bland. We ate at a Lebanese food cart; it’s kind of our fault for ordering fries.

The two things that stood out to us in the Pepper Joe were the sweetness of the beef from the peppers and the lingering flavor from the spice mixture. We could taste the cumin, pepper and sumac. (Sumac is a seasoning that gives food a lemony flavor.) The cooling creamy garlic sauce was a great balance to match with the spiciness of the peppers. Overall, our lunch was great and super-affordable. We will definitely be making a trip back for another Pepper Joe. 

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