Damascus Gate Restaurant brings Syrian flavors to Historic Mitchell Street

Hungry? A new neighborhood Syrian spot has you covered. Called Damascus Gate Restaurant, the newcomer is located at 807 W. Historic Mitchell St.

Described as a restaurant "built on hope," this spot has pre-war photographs of Syria on its walls, features Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Syrian dishes that are handmade by owners Abdul Abadeh, Rahim Silan and Nawal Mutlak, and employs Somali and Syrian refugees to help with the cooking, reports OnMilwaukee.

Menu highlights include the spinach pies, which are filled with spinach, onions and peppers and seasoned with the tang of pomegranate molasses; a citrus and spice marinated chicken served with a rice flavored with raisins and clove; and a grilled beef and lamb kebab seasoned with parsley, onion and a special tomato paste found only in Damascus.

With a five-star rating out of six reviews on Yelp so far, the newcomer has been warmly received by patrons.

Steven T., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Jan. 26, wrote, "The Kefta kebab was very good/tasty with the parsley, onions and garlic playing well together. The salad was chilled perfectly and very refreshing. ... This was a very good, flavorful lunch, and I must say I can see why all the tables were full."

"Delightful meal! Our table ordered the mixed appetizer plate, fattoush (salad), mixed grill and chicken dinner and kefta kebab sandwich. Hard to choose a favorite; the flavors were great all around," wrote Yelper Deborah P.

Head on over to check it out: Damascus Gate Restaurant is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)