out at leyla | charleston

Had the freshest (and I mean that literally and figuratively) lunch at Leyla in Charleston and today it is getting the spotlight.

Leyla is located right in the heart of the shopping blocks on King Street. It is fine Lebanese cuisine, which was exactly what we wanted (and needed). Kenny and I sought it out as a little lunch date to be had before many of the wedding festivities kicked off, which was nice because we were able to keep things crispy and clean before getting into the gluttony that would take us over for the remainder of the trip.

Now even though this was one of those novel-sized menu places, I ultimately kept it classic (albeit “boring”) by just ordering the Greek Salad. But I love greek salads. They’re always so light and crunchy and colorful and spot-hitting. This one was no exception. Beside the fact it was just so Instagrammable, it was just sharp and to the point, which is how a greek salad should be.

We also ordered the Chef’s hummus, which was beyond. This hummus was mixed with garbanzo beans, pine nuts, pomegranate, and extra virgin olive oil. I’ve never had a creamier hummus, and while I’m not really a fan of pomegranates and their texture, the sweet crunch of the seeds were actually super satisfying. I was mad I had to share this one.

Kenny’s entree was a bit more serious as he went with a recommended special. He got the Chicken Lula, which was a casingless ground chicken sausage with onion and spices. The chicken was very good, and I found that I liked it with a swipe of baba ghannouj in the pita. Much like mine, this plate was left clean and shiny by the end of the lingering lunch.

So if and when you find yourself on King Street, bouncing into boutiques and hunting down boozy popsicle trucks, bypass all those beer and wing joints and get some good clean Lebanese grub at Leyla’s.

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