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Feb 28, 2008 01:24 PM

baba ghannoush chapel hill

It does deserve its own thread. I've been there twice, it is takeout, meaning plastic no china but with tables upstairs and across the courtyard. And the waiter brings it to you.

The chef/owners? are from Morocco and their fab food really shows in shwarma, eggplant, their very cilantroey tabbouleh. I adored both meals. There is tons for vegetarians, felafals, baba ghannoush, hummus, stringbeans, eggplant, fava beans and also tons for meat lovers. I even took the plunge with the shwarma and was really really pleased.

They have great desserts too, you can buy coffee or wine from 3 Cups, bliss. So now I have everything I ever wanted to eat:)

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  1. Thanks for mentioning about the wine from 3 Cups - that will certainly help get me there. Any clue on the hours? I think 3 Cups closes fairly early, so I'm guessing it wouldn't work for dinner ...

    I'm dying to go, honestly. I love middle-eastern food, and while I do like Med. Cafe, they aren't really all that wonderful (esp. the falafel).

    1. Baba G. has several locations across the Triangle - Cary, Apex, CH, Durham...

      Everything I've ever had there is excellent.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        3 Cups is open until 7pm, Baba Ghannoush until 9pm. LulusMom I know, wine makes it a meal for me too:) Get a glass from 3 Cups & if they are closing just pour it into a plastic one from BabaG.
        Go to BG; Med Deli is pretty bad imho. SuzyQ, they deserve their success; the falefels are bright green inside; full of fresh herbs. Oh I forgot they have chicken too.

        1. re: Rory

          I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of Med Deli. (fwiw)

          1. re: tommio

            I have to agree with tommio. As a vegetarian, I'd probably rather eat at Med Deli than Baba Ghannouj. I think MD's baba ghannouj is much better -- better texture, smokier, less acidic. I do think B.G.'s falafel is better, though.

            1. re: otto_pivner

              I think it's very interesting. Are either of you vegetarians? I'm asking, as I think (to me) people use a heavier hand with seasoning who cook and eat meat. I used to love Med Deli, 3 years ago, but now I find it bad & the food over-seasoned. But that may be me & not being vegetarian/vegan

          2. re: Rory

            The color difference is due to the type of bean used to make the falafels, chick peas vs. fava beans. I think it is a regional difference. My wife likes the chick pea better while I prefer the fava bean.

            As far as Baba Ghannouj is concerned, I have been to the now defunct North Raleigh location and decided that with Neomonde also close by, why bother?

        2. I went to Sandwhich today, as I had a hankering for an avocado sandwich. I noticed that the Baba Ghannoush had vacated their space. Peeking inside, I could see no signs of their having been there. Anyone what the story is on this? They didn't stay long...

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          1. re: otto_pivner

            The owner of the building they were in is in serious debt and Wachovia Bank requested several months ago to take control of the property. An Orange County judge ruled just a day or two ago the bank could do just that, which puts the leases of the current tenants into question (there was also a dispute between the construction company that outfitted the Baba Ghannouj spot and the building owner so there's that too). Maybe Baba Ghannouj just decided they didn't want to wait around to see what would happen - they have two other locations which I suppose are probably much less problematic for them.

            1. re: romansperson

              Oh no! This is upsetting news. I hope they find another CH location ...

                1. re: ToothTooth

                  I like Med Deli, but their falafel just can't compare.