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Al-Amir Restaurant Review: Generations of Portlanders have grown up on the hummus and baba ghanouj served at the city's oldest Lebanese restaurant. Housed in an historic brick building, Al-Amir offers a downtown setting and weekend late-night service that make it a good choice for dining post-theater or concert. The menu features typical Lebanese dishes plus plenty of appealing lamb selections. Vegetarians might try the warak enab (grape leaves with tomatoes, rice and chickpeas) and the batinjan, a garlicky baked eggplant and potato dish. Warm, fresh bread complements every meal. There are a number of interesting Lebanese wines and the more expected varietals, too; the full bar mixes a Lebanese margarita and serves up Lebanese Almaza beer and hot or iced Spanish coffees. On weekends, an accomplished belly dancer will cavort near your table, so don't forget to bring along a few extra dollar bills.