Dammam cuisine has international appeal, and alongside traditional restaurants and coffee-houses you'll find food courts and food-hall style cafés.
Drinking tea is an ancient custom in Saudi Arabia. Herbal tea comes in a variety of different flavours and is usually taken black, without milk. Popular traditional dishes include falafel (fried chickpea fritters), mandi (traditional rice with grilled chicken) and shawarma (meat cooked on a spit, served with a range of salad and toppings in fresh pita bread).
Meat sold in the city is halal and visitors may find food to be somewhat spicy for their tastes. While you'll find the usual fast-food chains in Dammam, a far better option for lunch is one of the city's traditional cafés, to sample some local dishes. All of them serve a range of salads, sandwiches and snacks.