Baba Ghannouj is a hidden gem in the tangle of bad restaurants near 54 & 55. It does a brisk business at lunchtime, which means the cooks are always refilling the buffet line with freshly cooked food. The cuisine is Mediterranean and the highlights include the lamb with tzatziki sauce, the humus, and the curried chicken. There are plenty of vegetarian options, too. They are currently offering a lunch special of a "cheese-steak" (in a pita) with fries and a drink for $6.
have spent many, many hundreds of dollars here over the last 10 years. The food is truly special, from the deli salads, to the condiment bar (garlic paste! Load up!) to the astonishingly good bread. But I'm not going back - ever. The service is truly atrocious. I had lunch today with my wife and son. We ordered a fadayer (pizza-like baked pie, really good) to split, while my son had souvlaki. the fadayer showed up, and - after 5 minutes of no souvlaki, we asked- what gives? The dish had been served to an adjacent table, where it had been promptly eaten! The server said he'd rush an order for us - and it took 30 MINUTES to arrive! Really!! I complained to the cashier who had taken our order, and he simply said he was sorry. New servers, what a shame. No, I said, the kitchen slowed this down excessively, too. In any case, I expected them to take the charge off, or offer us SOMETHING, but we got a limp apology, and that was it.
I am really disappointed by this. The food here is really, really good, and I've eaten a lot of Mediterranean food in my day, between Armenian spots in SoCal, Palestinian joints across Michigan, and Greektown in Chicago. But they routinely have the WORST service when the place is slightly busy- and when the place is packed, as it was today, forget it. I hate to not eat this great food again - but I won't. Franklin Street is lined with excellent joints (hit up Sandwhich immediately across the street), and I can't be bothered to give these guys more of my $.
Congratulations on 35 years in the Triangle!
The best food in town. Best value, choice and quality. The most unique restaurant in the area at its price range. Home made organic bread made daily says it all.
All fresh vegetables , a great buffet for lunch. The owner is always making new items with his own spices . His soups are unique, his tasty Chai tea is unlike anything you ever had before as he makes it from scratch. If you want something cooked your way he will do it for you. The lamb is tender and the chicken is a delight.
I also love how clean it is and that the food is fresh, cooked daily . The owner really loves food and stays away from processed ingredients.
His deserts are wonderful as are the salads.
They serve good, fresh, healthy and tasty food . I only wish I lived closer.
The most heavenly, eyeball-rolling, daily-baked pita anywhere. I come from the same part of the world as Jamil, the owner, and when I first tasted the bread that they only started producing a year ago, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Just like the bread my dear Mom used to make (psst...even better!) I would give the place 5 stars for their bread, but they have got to find a way to keep the food platters in the restaurant's display cases from looking so sloppy.
I posted the last review and had to come back here to update-
Brought my sister once again and my husband and we had a GREAT time! The food was once again spectacular and the service was just as pleasant. The iced tea is amazing as was the gyro. Last time I had falafel which was just as good.
It's definitely worth a trip out to cary to visit this locally owned eatery!
Absolutely outstanding authentic Mediterranean restaurant! Fresh, natural ingredients. Food prepared from scratch.
Friendly and helpful staff.
I will be back again and again... It surpassed my expectations.
Try it! You will not be dissapointed.
Just moved my sister and her friend into Cary last week and wanted to check out the local spots. We walked in and were looking at menus when a woman came up to us and said if we were staying to sit down and if not to leave. We took a table and discussed whether or not we wanted to stay after such a greeting and decided to give it a chance. She was obviously upset as she started yelling at a crew working next door in front of us. We finished our waters before the food came and she NEVER gave us any more so we all drank the tea two of us had ordered. The food was GREAT! The service had better be a LOT better next time or I will never go again. Maybe she was just having a bad day but not good to pass that on to your customers. Especially when it's their first time there.
Tried Taza for the first time yesterday. Very good! Great Gyros! Delicious Tzatziki sauce. Very pleasant atmosphere, very clean and friendly. They even went out to get fresh ground coffee for us because they were out! Very nice service!
Excellent Turkish food and friendly service! As a Turkish American, I strongly recommend the Pides and Kebabs.
Taza Grill is one of Raleigh's best kept secrets! The food is fresh, hot, and fast, and the folks who run the place are always happy to see you. I would rank their prices in the medium range. However, the quality of the food means you're getting your money's worth.
Amazing mediterranean food!! Hummus, baba ghannouj, any chicken dish, and the baklava are all delicious. Highly recommended
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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