Middle Eastern Restaurants?
Anyone know where to get good authentic middle eastern food in the area? Am curious about everywhere but would prefer the brighton, brookline, or back bay area. thanks!
The best middle eastern style food for my money is at the Helmand if you want a nice sit-down place (Cambridgeside galleria). It's Afgahn food if that's close enough. For quick snack you should try Reef in Brighton or Sabra Grill in Harvard Sq.
my recommendations are really dated, but back when i was eating in boston all the time, my favorites were:
1. moby dick (scruffy fast-ish food iranian with excellent ground meat kabob and surprisingly good rice for a scruffy fast-ish food place).
2. schwarma king. haloumi sandwich. mmm.
4. fresh, excellent iranian cookies at tabrizi bakery in watertown http://www.tabrizibakery.com/)
(sorry, not a restaurant, but i'm on a middle eastern food reminiscing extravaganza
i'd love to know if these places are still good, or what's better
Would Karoun in Newtonville be too far for Armenian food?
Brookline Family Turkish Restaurant is a very nice place for Turkish.
Haven't been to reef in a long while and want to go back soon.
Reef Cafe is lovely--the vegetarian kibbe sandwich with pickled turnips is my favorite, though they do good stuffed peppers and other homey Lebanese food.
If you consider Turkish food Middle Eastern, then maybe you
consider Persian food, too? In which case I'd say Lala Rokh
(Beacon Hill), Molana (Watertown Square), or Kolbe of Kabob
(outskirts of Inman Square, Cambridge). None are quite in your
radius of Brookline, Brighton, Back Bay, but not so far away,
and I don't claim to be a connoisseur of Persian foods, but
enjoy all three.
For a nice, simple falafel sandwich, you have Rami's in
Coolidge Corner. I do like Reef Cafe, too, in Allston/Brighton.
But both (like Schwarma King, which is also good, on Beacon
around Coolidge Corner) are more casual places, just fyi.
How does Sabra stay in business? Once in a blue moon I'll eat there to satisfy a craving when I'm too lazy to go elsewhere, and it's always empty. The only thing I can imagine is that they must do a good weekday lunch business; I don't know how else they can survive. (And they've been there for over 25 years.)
Rami's, Shwarma King and Family Restaurant all in Brookline, others that posters mentioned. I don't love Sabra but I do love their baba ganoujh...Oh and what's the place across from MGH on Cambridge Street. I've had some nice experiences there. And another senior moment here, the name of the place on Centre Street in West Rox. Mostly take out but a few tables too. great dolma and fattoush.
There used to be a little hole in the wall in Brookline Village called King Tut's run by a man named George. Anyone know what happened to it?
I second Cafe Jaffe. Good food, fair prices, can't go wrong on the felafel. Its great when you want a cheap bite on Newbury (not many cheap places left down there)
We also get take out from the the markets in watertown...Sevan's especially has great salads, and I LOVE the bagelach filled with olive paste (there's another arabic name, but i don't know it-in Bagelach is hebrew!) The stuffed grape leaves, and mudjarrah are wonderful! The borekas (borek) at Sevan are also REALLY good....
Its been a while, but we had a great meal at Oleana in Cambridge. Its upscale, elegant but very good food.
Helmand is also great option for more formal diningroom
Karoun.. food was ok, rather overpriced. Go for the belly dancing...its fun in big groups.
BTW -- Where did Samia go to? i remember it on RT 1, just beyond home depot.
I do wish there was an Israeli restaurant -- that served more than just felafel...there are some foods, like the classic dairy Yotvah casaroles, salads, veggies, that are classic Israeli - different from Persian, Iranian, etc... odd foods like borekas with mushroom soup sauce... Many classic yemenite foods are now "Israeli"...like melawach...YUM!