In the summer of 2010, while trying to save my now none existent marriage, my ex and I stumbled upon this hookah lounge in Providence, RI called Byblos. It’s on a side street in the shopping district of Providence.
Neither one of us smoke but we sure do love Lebanese food. We decided to check it out.
We were greeted by the owner/chef, who informed us of the special lunch/hookah deal of the day. After we finished our meal and hookah and saw the bill, we found that it wasn’t all that special of a deal at all but it was a nice day.
We started our meal with a couple of appetizers, I had the hummus plate and he had the grape leaves. For our main meal I had this delicious chicken panini which consisted of chicken marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, za’atar and then slowly grilled to tender juicy perfection, lettuce, feta and this magnificent garlic spread. Then the whole thing is pressed on a panini maker and served with a small mixed greens salad tossed with lemon juice, olive oil and za’atar. He had the fattoush. A hearty helping of mixed lettuce, cucumbers, tomotoes, red onions, feta and olives and tossed with the traditional lemon juice, olive oil and za’atar dressing.
After lunch we were given a menu of the different flavors of hookah tobacco to choose from, the list had close to fifty different choices ranging from bubblegum to orange to mint. We opted for the blueberry since I love blueberries and he wanted to make me happy. The owner brings over this hookah with one pipe, and all the needed accessories to provide us with an enjoyable smoking experience. He set it up on our table and explained every step in setting it up and then showed us how to properly use the pipe. We were each provided with a mouthpiece and told that after taking a hit you then place the one part of the hose over the other and then pass it to the next person, its a sign of respect. We then spend the next hour and a half to two hours smoking our blueberry hookah and really relaxing.
Now I would definitely recommend this place to anyone 18+ (no one under 18 allowed). Just beware of a couple of things, it is not cheap by any means. Hookahs are roughly 20 bucks to start but be prepared to spend more on just one. Plus if you have more than two people they recommend more than one hookah because they only have hookahs with one pipe. This makes sharing difficult and timely unless you don’t care about that.
It is a great place with a wonderful atmosphere, yummy food and great people. So if you find yourself in Providence, RI and looking for fun, check them out. providencebyblos.com they are also on facebook and twitter.
Happy Eating!! Get your smoke on 🙂