A Taste Of Iran, Whipped Up In The ‘Conflict Kitchen’

by Erika Beras, NPR

When most Americans hear Iran or North Korea, they think of the United States’ unsavory entanglements with those countries.

But an eatery in Pittsburgh is giving customers a savory introduction. It’s called the Conflict Kitchen, and it’s a new takeout restaurant that will only serve food from countries the United States is in conflict with.

For now, the sole menu item is a sandwich from Iran.

“That’s the only thing we’re serving is kubideh, which is ground beef with sumac on top, with a little bit of parsley, basil, fresh mint and onion all wrapped in freshly baked barbari bread,” says Dawn Weleski, who worked the counter on a recent day.

Weleski is one of the co-creators of the restaurant. The eatery is an experimental public art project — and the medium is the sandwich wrap.

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