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Taps: 4 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Realale:
4.2/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Saleem's is a fine Lebanese restaurant in the University City Loop, with a surprisingly good beer list that complements the menu very well indeed.
Four taps are available and all are craft beers. They have finally settled on a line-up after some draft problems, and sampling different offerings to see what the clientele prefers. There is O'Fallon's fine, fine 5 Day IPA, a Sam Adams Seasonal, Boulevard Lunar, and Blue Moon (which is actually pretty damn tasty with the food on offer). The bottle list is about twenty-five beers, with only three throw-away Anheuser-Busch products. There are two Delerium Tremens, two Unibroue, and a few other Belgian, and Belgium-inspired offerings. A smaller, but still nice selection of U.S. craft beers - Anchor Steam, Fat Tire, and two selections from local brewer Schlafly were noted. There was also a somewhat standard selection of "upscale" European beers (Guinness, Bass, Newcastle, Moretti, etc.), that also threw in some real gems such as Spaten. Finally, for the beer hunters, Saleem's stocks a lager from Israel, so you can add that notch to your belt.
The food is darn yummy and quite authentic. Saleem's ostensibly labels itself "Lebanese" but there are selections and inspirations from throughout the region. On our last visit, we brought relatives who had recently spent 18 months living in Turkey, and they were impressed by the authenticity and quality of the food. I've been most pleased on recent visits by the interesting combinations and Saleem's has been becoming a regular stop for us.
The decor is lovingly eclectic, with a smattering of this and that from the Middle East, and some cool tent-like hangings from the ceiling. The staff is always pleasant and efficient, and, on our last visit, very eager to suggest beers for particular dishes.
All in all, a little treasure. While not a "destination" beer joint, it is refreshing indeed to find a Middle Eastern restaurant that cares both about food and beer. Strongly recommended.
02-16-2006 03:32:50 | More by Realale
Saleem's Restaurant in University City, MO
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