Chef Khalil was born in Beirut, Lebanon and grew up immersed in the authentic flavors of the Levantine cuisine. He and his family would gather in the kitchen each day, creating divine dishes collectively referred to as Mezze. Khalil’s uncle, the owner of a five-star restaurant in Lebanon, witnessed his passion for food and offered him a position as his Sous Chef. The opportunity to create unique dishes alongside such a celebrated Chef-Owner was a turning point for his career path. Khalil would later travel to Paris, France in order to learn the fine art of creating delicious sweet and savory crêpes under the direction of a famous Crêpe Chef.
In 2008, Khalil moved to Seattle, Washington and began catering his ‘Plat du Jour’ Mediterranean meals to friends and businesses. In the Spring of 2010, Khalil began making crêpes at local Farmer’s Markets. His loyal customers kept asking him to open a café so that they could enjoy his creations any time of the day. We would like to thank our customers for your inspiration and we would like to personally thank you for your continued support
For over 20 years, Khalil has shared these unique and flavor-filled Mediterranean dishes and French crêpes with his family, friends and loyal patrons. Simply Mediterranean uses the same family recipes that have been carefully guarded and passed down by his family.
You will be delighted to know that Simply Mediterranean holds true to its name and to family traditions. We use only fresh ingredients to keep the dishes simple and good for you. Our promise to you (and Khalil’s Mom) is that we make each meal with passion, but never with preservatives. Go ahead and look, but you won’t find even a hint of ‘artificial’ in our cuisine.
Chances are that you once enjoyed a delectable Mezze or crêpe while traveling and have not been able to find a local café that lives up to your fond memories. Perhaps you are an inspired connoisseur who enjoys traveling around the gastronomic world… one passport-stamping dish at a time. Either way, we truly hope that your search is finally over and your taste buds are jumping for joy.
We both look forward to seeing you at Byblos Deli,

Chef Khalil Akl


About our restaurant

Byblos Deli Bellevue offers delicious, authentic foods and dishes from countries throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. The deli features hand crafted sandwiches like Shawarma, Gyro and Falafel. Mezze such as Hummus, Baba Ghannouj and Tabbouli are house-made daily the old-fashioned way. Our grocery has a wide variety of halal meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables and hard-to-find pantry items. Byblos Deli Bellevue also caters parties and events, both large and small.


Byblos is not only a good place to stock up on all your Mediterranean groceries; it’s also a great place to get lunch. You don’t have to order off the sandwich menu (which is good stuff). I usually order items from the fridge and they heat them up. Try this: spinach pie, olives, and...

I love this place! The staff are so helpful and the food is absolutely delicious. My boyfriend and I go here often (sometimes twice in one day – its that good!). We usually get the classic gyros and some baklava.

I went to Byblos looking for a few treats to serve at my book club meeting last night, as the book I’d chosen had a tie to the Mediterranean. The owner was so nice and so helpful, and I came away with some great treats and beverages to try, as well as the ingredients and instructions...


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