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Baba Ghannouj - RTP

Shag Waits Mar 24, 2009 09:46 AM

Baba Ghannouj in the shopping center at the intersection of 54 and 55 now offers a buffet for lunch and dinner for $8.99. This is the first middle eastern buffet that I've encountered and it has earned a slot in the lunchtime rotation. It's worth checking out for the chicken kebabs and egglplant salad alone. The green beans, chick peas, and curried chicken are OK. The hummus and baba are above average. They also offer gyro meat, greek salad, fattoush, tabouleh, tahini (good), cucumber sauce (great), and baklava (good). The place was packed at prime lunchtime today.

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    blewgo Apr 9, 2009 05:47 AM

    The Baba Ghannouj Bistro story:

    "...He didn't stop with one. Over the past four years, Haddad has opened six Baba Ghannouj restaurants in the area.

    He sold three to independent operators..."


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    1. re: blewgo
      ucctgg Jun 30, 2009 09:03 AM

      The Baba Ghannouji in Chapel Hill closed after just a few months. They were in a horrible location. More important, they were close to Mediterranean Deli, which has much better variety, quality and price.

      1. re: ucctgg
        lawyerlady Jun 30, 2009 01:15 PM

        there is one in cary on harrison ave...don't know if it's the same owners, but what a great value for the price of lunch! i like the quality of food at neomonde better but for the price and value, i prefer baba g...plus, does anyone else dislike the ordering process at neomonde??

    2. Suzy Q Mar 26, 2009 07:23 PM

      They also have (had?) a location at 55 and High House. I'm a big fan of Baba G - great food, very nice people.

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        Lucydevil Mar 24, 2009 02:10 PM

        Is this the Baba Gannouj in the shopping center at 54 and Fayetteville Rd with the Harris Teeter? Or is this a different Baba Gannouj?

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        1. re: Lucydevil
          Shag Waits Mar 25, 2009 02:09 PM

          Right next to Chosun Ok in the shopping center at the intersection of 54 and 55. According their website, there is no longer one at Fayetteville.

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            Lucydevil Mar 27, 2009 07:32 AM

            Since I had dinner there last night, the Baba Gannouj in the Homestead Market strip mall at 54 and Fayetteville is definitely still around. Odd that the web site does not list any of the Durham locations.

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          Remsleep Mar 24, 2009 10:09 AM

          Are they the same folks who ran Baba Ghannouj in the Courtyard off of Franklin in CH? We tried them once and were very pleased, but it looks like they've gone belly up.

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          1. re: Remsleep
            Shag Waits Mar 24, 2009 11:33 AM

            I'm fairly certain it's the same folks. From their website, they're down to only two locations: RTP and Cary. They had another one on Erwin Road in Durham. Not sure when that one went belly up. It seemed like they were expanding very quickly and it appears that they were expanding too quickly.

            1. re: Shag Waits
              Tartan Mar 26, 2009 07:21 PM

              There's one on Main Street (in Erwin Square) near 9th street in Durham... it was still there as of last week when we got take-out. It has the same menu as the website for the others, but maybe it's unaffiliated? Or maybe it left, in which case I'll be very sad, because I walk over there all the time.

              1. re: Tartan
                Tartan Apr 8, 2009 02:07 PM

                Your post freaked me out, but I went and confirmed - Baba Gannouj in Erwin Square is still there same as always.

            2. re: Remsleep
              durhamois Mar 24, 2009 12:55 PM

              I got takeout from the Hwy 54 location just the other day, and it was terrific. I hadn't eaten there in awhile. The beef kabobs were very tender, and the sides were extremely good (I got eggplant salad, cauliflower, and a cucumber salad, all very good). The rice looked like it was made with real saffron, not turmeric. Overall I was really pleased.

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