Conflict Kitchen is an entity that begged to be created in order to connect culture and dialogue through food. The “take-out restaurant serves cuisine from countries with which the United States government is in conflict.” To date, iterations have been from Afghanistan, Cuba, North Korea, Palestine and Iran. Upon arrival, the weekly trivia contest was underway, with edgy, surprising topics and answers reflecting Iran’s culture and politics. Afterwards, Director of Education and Outreach Blaine Siegel grabbed a seat and introduced the conception of Conflict Kitchen as a hybrid of public art.The menu reflects interviews and discussions with the people of Iran. The team’s research is presented on a wrapper bearing relevant design. Topics addressed within this wrapper are bread, fashion, nuclear power, Persians, poetry, tea, Israel, women’s rights, the war in Syria, perception of Americans, government, youth, and the 1979 revolution.My meal selection: Shami Lapeh: lamb and yellow pea fritters with fresh herbs, torshi & sumac onion, and Salad-e Shirazi: tomato, cucumber & onion salad dressed with lime juice & olive oil.Both concept and menu are compelling. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy is featured next.Conflict Kitchen has demonstrated commitment to education through The Foreigner workshop and international presentations.
We went to this restaurant while on vacation! Those grape leaves were incredible. The shawarma was like I remember from when I was little. My kids enjoyed the food as much as I did! Thank you for such a warm welcome and delicious food. We will be back the next time we are in Pittsburgh! What a gem!
Fresh and delicious Mediterranean food! Great atmosphere. Wonderful service - catered to the customers' needs. Absolutely recommend this place!
Very dissapointed. I saw great things about this place on Yelp and Google so I decided to try it last night. It seems no one has reviewed it since 2009 - I think a lot has changed for the worse. I started off with hummus, meat pie, and dolmah (stuffed grape leaves with beef). The hummus was the one bright spot here (but then again, how do you screw-up hummus?). It was very good. The dolmah was just OK, but a bit on the dry side. The meat pie was dry and flavorless. I had the Keebah for the main course. I found it to be dry (are you noticing a theme of DRY here?) and flavorless. We finished with the rice pudding which wasn't bad. It was flavored with lavender which made for interesting flavor. I decided to finish off with a cup of coffee. They served me coffee that was room temperatue and scorched. It was obviously coffee from that morning they simply threw in the microwave and served it to me ( I sent it back and I'm not one to send back food or make a fuss). I will not be going back to Kassab's.
Frankly I love the place to eat, as I am a great fan of the tiramassur and falafell, the pita wrap is also good. But I guess the people who work there have no mannars. They are the most awful to the customers and they misbehave. The place shuts at 10, and I reache dthe place at 9.15 with my friends. We were eating, at 10 min before 10 they were like you need to vaccate this place as we shut at 10. We finished with all our orders before the shutting time, and ideally we have the right to sit till we finish our food. But these senseless people started breaking vessels and vacumming right where we were eating at 9.45pm, which is totally rude and senseless.