Alina’s Lebanese Cuisine, 2250 S. Archibald Ave. (at Philadelphia), Ontario.
After a tip from the hungry folks at the Ontario Police Department, whose headquarters is nearby, I stopped by Alina’s for lunch this week. It’s just above the 60 Freeway in a small building fronting an office park.
The interior is a bit bare, pleasant but nothing fancy. You order at your table and pay at the register as you leave. Alina’s has eight sandwiches, none more expensive than $5.69, and plate entrees from $7.99 to $13.99. It’s all Lebanese food, including a few items I’d never heard of: makanek? soujouk?
I had a kafta kebab ($8.99), which is made of ground beef; it came with rice pilaf, fattoush salad, hummus, garlic spread and pita bread. It was all very good, and filling. I also tried a jallab ($2.49) drink, which was a taste I may not acquire, but drinkable.
All the food here is made fresh to order, down to chopping the lettuce and tomatoes. Don’t expect your meal in five minutes, but expect it to be good. The dining room was almost full at 12:15 p.m., a healthy sign that Alina’s, in business for a year, may be with us for a while.