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Khawam's grandfather opened the shop in 1955, when counters specializing in Lebanese street food littered Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods before the area became the epicenter of the country's 15-year Civil War.The cooler is missing only kibbeh nayyeh, raw minced meat, which Khawam serves every day but Monday.Khawam's grandfather, the first Abou Adel, came to Beirut from Syria and settled in Al-Khandaq al-Ghamiq, opening the shop first as a breakfast joint selling hummus and foul, a fava bean dish. These days, Abou Adel comprises two hole-in-the-wall shops, one for breakfast hummus and foul and the other for grilled meat. The grill shop is usually open for the afternoon and early evening, closing whenever Khawam sells out. Preparing grilled meat requires no special talent, Khawam says, but his shop also sells frakeh sandwiches and kibbeh nayyeh with a spicy southern twist.
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