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Photo Gallery: Far From the Lebanese Crowd at Mantee

Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits Mantee Café in Studio City ("Mantee isn't where you come for a falafel plate or roasted chicken; it's where you go to watch a stunningly beautiful waitress set a plate of sausage aflame"). Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, "Far From the Lebanese Crowd: Mantee, via Beirut, on Ventura Boulevard."

labneh at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinlabneh at Mantee Café

muhammara at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinmuhammara at Mantee Café

flaming soujouk at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinflaming soujouk at Mantee Café

from left to right, Gaston Gallo (line cook), Rego Fernandez (assistant chef), Jonathan Darakjian (chef/owner) at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinfrom left to right, Gaston Gallo (line cook), Rego Fernandez (assistant chef), Jonathan Darakjian (chef/owner) at Mantee Café

za'atar for dipping at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinza'atar for dipping at Mantee Café

hummus with pine nuts at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinhummus with pine nuts at Mantee Café

fatoush at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinfatoush at Mantee Café

cheese bourek at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeincheese bourek at Mantee Café

Mantee Café

Anne FishbeinMantee Café

chicken kabob at Mantee Café

Anne Fishbeinchicken kabob at Mantee Café

Mantee Café's patio

Anne FishbeinMantee Café's patio