Good Eats: Conflict Kitchen – Iran

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront, which rotates countries every 6 months. Each iteration is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics and issues at stake with each country.  Some of these events have included live international Skype dinner parties between Pittsburgh and professionals in Tehran, Iran; documentary filmmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan, and community activists in Caracas, Venezuela.

Kubideh Kitchen, Conflict Kitchen’s third iteration, is an Iranian take-out restaurant that serves homemade kubideh in freshly baked barbari bread with onion, mint, and basil. They also offer a vegetarian option called kookoo sabzi.  Developed in collaboration with members of the Iranian community, the kubideh comes packaged in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with Persians, both in Iran and the United States, on subjects ranging from food and culture to issues of geopolitics.

The Conflict Kitchen is open every day of the week for lunch (11:30 to 2:30) and is located near Penn Circle in East Liberty at 124 South Highland Avenue. When the weather is nice, you can sit at tables outside and enjoy your $5 lunch.

Upcoming iterations will include Cuba and North Korea.  Who knew Pittsburgh was so progressive?  Pretty awesome, I say.  Go check it out.

*Information and some photos taken from conflictkitchen.org

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