Welcome to El Basha Grill
El Basha Grill is a Lebanese restaurant located in Omaha, Nebraska. Our primary focus is on bringing you the best dishes of the Mediterranean Cuisine. We also offer take out orders, outdoor seating, and catering. El Basha or The Basha was the term used in the ealry 1900's to describe the elite society during the Turkish and Ottoman empires. You can also hear the word pronounced as "Pasha" or "pashawat". Having the title "Basha" indicated a certain degree of social class and wisdom.
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About El Basha
The meaning of El Basha Grill
El Basha or The Basha was a term used in the early 1900's to describe the elite society during the Turkish and Ottoman empires. You can also hear the word pronounced as “Pasha” or “pashawat”. Having the title of “Basha” indicated a certain degree of social class and wisdom. The Basha was characterized by wearing a Tarboosh or Fez. Just like the flag, the tarboosh was a national emblem. It was de rigeur at the Turkish court, in the civil service, the army and the police, and even diplomats abroad.
History of the Fez
During the reign of Turkey's Sultan Mahmud Khan II (1808-39), European code of dress gradually replaced the traditional robes worn by members of the Ottoman court. The change in costume was soon emulated by the public and enior civil servants, followed by the members of the ruling intelligentsia and the emancipated classes throughout the Turkish Empire. In their stead the Sultan issued a finman (royal decree) that the checheya headgear in its modified form would become part of the formal attire irrespective of his subjects' religious sects or millets.
The checheya had many names and shapes. In Istanbul it was called “fez” or “phecy” while the modern Egyptian version was called “tarboosh” (pronounced tar-boosh) a derivative from the Persian words “sar” meaning head and “poosh” meaning cover. It was basically a brimless, cone shaped, flat topped hat made of felt. Originating in Fez, Morocco, the earliest variety was in the form of a bonnet with a long turban wound around it which could be white, red or black.
As this century comes to a close, tarbooshes and top hats have become relics of the past and can only be found in masquerades, fancy dress balls and in one or two wayward freeman or Shiner lodges.
By choosing the name El Basha we want to bring you a little bit of our history and culture. We wish you an enjoyable dining experience.
El Basha Daily Specials
All Daily Special comes with a main dish, and a side of rice, with a choice of soup or salad and fountain drink.
Outdoor Catering for Variety of Occasions
We are Happy to provide you with an excellent selection of menu items and services for a variety of special occasions.
We look forward to serving your catering needs.
For Catering Service please call us at (402) 934-6266 or visit us at: 7503 Pacific St Omaha, NE 68114
Our Customers Love Us!
"Everything is delicious & somehow always satisfies whatever craving I might be having! The staff is delightful & I often recommend El Basha to friends & family anytime we need a dinner/lunch recommendatio"
"I was so pleased with the food, the atmosphere, and the staff. The first bite Was such a Magical experience! My taste buds where dancing with joy! Absolutely the best! I will be back! My new favorite place to eat!"
"Delicious food and great service! If you’re wanting Mediterranean food, look no further, this is the place to go!"
"Visited this restaurant for the first time with my girlfriend. I tend to judge by the gyro quality, and specifically, the cucumber sauce. El Basha’s is excellent! The hummus is some of the best I’ve ever had. Quick, friendly service. Plating & presentation was very good. I’ll be back soon to try more of the menu."
"We've been searching for quality and authentic middle eastern flavors in the city and finally found it with El Basha! Their falafel is tasty and fresh. The mezza plate is great! We'll be back!"
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