You Gotta Eat: Khoury's Cuisine

By WEEK Producer

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The sharing of Lebanese culture is helping a family build a better future for their kids.

That's because the community can't get enough of their Mediterranean cuisine. So we stopped by to try it, in this international You Gotta Eat.

Khoury's Cuisine opened in Peoria 20 years ago. And what you see on the outside, is exactly what you get inside. Freshly sliced gyro for sandwiches, grilled chicken or falafel, all made with authentic Mediterranean spices.

"All the recipes are exactly how we prepare it at home, so you feel like you're in Lebanon when you eat here," said co-owner Lina Khoury.

Or you can feel American. There are seafood and burger options.

"My husband and I we love the catfish and it's just the best in town," said customer Hedaa Kerolus.

And Lebanese specialties Americanized, like Hummus.

"Actually the proper pronunciation is Hummus, so if you ever want to come and try the hummus that's how it's pronounced," said cousin Tony Couri.

Luckily that's not my palate and had no problem ordering the popular garlic chicken. It's chicken breast with homemade garlic sauce, fries, lettuce and tomato, wrapped in Lebanese bread. Healthy and fulfilling.

Chad's choice, kibbeh. Filled with lean meat, veggies and cucumber sauce.. He had trouble eating all of it. Maybe the fries didn't help, but they're a must. As well as our appetizer, a 6 piece gyro meat.

And Somehow we saved room to taste one of many homemade desserts, carrot cake. Our total for that, plus lunch, $26.06.

Khoury's Cuisine opens at 11 am Monday through Saturday. It closes at 9 during the week and 9:30 on Saturday.

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