Carina Karakashian and Nyrie Karkazian
Lebanese cuisine is one that is widely accepted in the Armenian community. In fact, much of Armenian cooking is heavily influenced by Lebanese or Middle Eastern cuisine. Lebanese cuisine is also largely accepted among those locally, in the Fresno area.
There are numerous Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurants in the Fresno area, however, we chose to review one that is a little different.
“By the Sea,” located on the southwest corner of Herndon and Palm, serves a variety of traditional Middle Eastern plates along with a very modern taste of Caribbean seafood. Owner, Gretta Ghazel opened this restaurant in 1995, taking over the family business. Gretta was born in Lebanon, moved to Africa, then to Fresno and has been in the area for 25 years.
Ghazel’s eclectic past is reflected in the atmosphere she has created in the restaurant. Amongst the paintings, candles, music and food it seems like you are in paradise. However, Ghazel has perfected not only the atmosphere, but also her menu. The effort put into making each plate is mirrored through its taste and appearance. If you are interested in to going out, relaxing, having fun and still getting the taste of a home-cooked meal, “By the Sea” is the place to go. Our recommendation is the Phoenician chicken