Lebanese

Alforon – San Diego, CA

I met a friend by SDSU to catch up and treat her to lunch. The pictures of the flatbreads at Alforon had me so hungry. Alforon is a Mediterranean Lebanese restaurant located on El Cajon Blvd. It’s a small restaurant but seems to have a loyal following. I believe the restaurant is owned by a husband/wife team who was working and cooking that afternoon we visited.

They share a tiny parking lot but we managed to squeeze our car into one of their narrow parking spaces.

ALFORON

INTERIORThe restaurant wasn’t busy at all. I remembered Kirk’s post about his visit here in 2014.

Baba Ghannouj

Oven-roasted eggplant, tahini sauce, lemon, imported extra virgin olive oil

Pita bread

I’m not sure if the pita is house made. The pita was cut up in triangles and were thin.

The eggplant tasted chilled and a bit smokey. The consistency was creamy with pieces of eggplant pieces. I thought this dish was just ok.

One of our dishes came with a side of pickled carrots and beets.

Falafel Bajeen (Oven baked)

Friend wanted a falafel wrap but we both thought the falafel bajeen sounded like a better option. We both thought it would still be a wrap so were surprised when it came out in flatbread form.

The flatbread was thin and oven baked well. The scoops of the falafel mix were ok – tasted pretty much of hummus (isn’t that the un fried version of falafel). I didn’t like the cold lettuce and the pickled vegetables on the falafel bajeen.

Chicken Tawook

Marinated chicken, garlic paste, pickles, oven baked on flat bread

Our server was excited when we ordered this dish. She said it’s one of the most popular dish here at Alforon. The tawook looked like a small pizza topped with chicken.

The softness of the flatbread for the Chicken Tawook was UNREAL. It was so incredibly delicious. The flatbread tastes better when it’s topped with warm items.

We LOVED the chicken tawook here at Alforon. It was the best dish of the afternoon for us. The chicken was well seasoned and tender. The dallops of the home made garlic paste tasted sublime and pungent. We were so glad our server suggested added cheese and jalapeno to the tawook. We just didn’t know there were added charges for both.

Service was alright. The restaurant wasn’t too busy but everything appears to be made to order. We would so return to order the Chicken Tawook again. The meal was around $30+ or so. Our extra garlic paste for the tawook cost a few bucks. I’d recommend Alforon if you were in the area.

ALFORON
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 269-9904

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8 thoughts on “Alforon – San Diego, CA

    1. I am not sure if they make the pita in house here at Alforon. The flatbread though was. The pita at Sababa was indeed fluffy! We thought the Sababa pita was a bit too thick though.

  1. Glad you tried out Alforon. I haven’t been back in awhile. I love their chicken tawook and their garlic paste. They also have a ground beef version that is amazing. I thought those were beets as well but they are actually turnips dyed with beet juice. Your post makes me want to go back.

    1. Isn’t the chicken tawook amazing! My friend made garlic paste for a party and he said it was soooo easy. Does the ground beef flat bread have garlic paste on top as well? Thank you for clarifying the beets – I didn’t try them so I just assumed they were beets.

  2. “We both thought it would still be a wrap so were surprised when it came out in flatbread form.”
    If you get them to-go, they are wraps; if you get them for dine-in, they slice them up like a pizza.
    About 5 years ago (he was about 7), my son proclaimed the to-go chicken tawook “best chicken sandwich, ever.” We get at least one every time we go. Haven’t been in a long time, though. Thanks for the reminder. I don’t think I’ve ever had any extras on the tawook, I didn’t want to mess with the magic.

    1. Hello OG!

      Ahhh thank you for explaining the Falafel Bajeen.

      I bet the chicken tawook would be a great chicken sandwich (in wrap form!). I might try the tawook with no extras next time if you recommend to do so. I’ve been craving that dish so bad since the visit.

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