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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.”

muhammara at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

muhammara at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

flaming soujouk at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

flaming soujouk at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

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

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

za'atar for dipping at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

za'atar for dipping at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

hummus with pine nuts at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

hummus with pine nuts at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fatoush at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

fatoush at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

cheese bourek at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

cheese bourek at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

chicken kabob at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

chicken kabob at Mantee Café; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Mantee Café's patio; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Mantee Café's patio; Credit: Anne Fishbein