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greghoffman Jun 24, 2009 02:44 PM

Ramy's Mediterranean Cuisine and New York Style Pizzeria opened a month or so ago in Apple Valley (right next to the Culver's, where "Two Guys From Italy" used to be). My family and I have been in there twice, and were very happy about the food both times. My son, the pasta lover, had baked ziti and fettuccini with garlic and olive oil (_very_ garlicky), I tried a calzone and a gyro, my daughter had a chicken cordon bleu wrap, and my wife had the chicken kabob pita sandwich, and, the second time, had a freshly-made tabouli salad, which was just incredible. It was a lot less bulgur and a lot more mint/parsley/tomatoes/cucumbers that most I've seen. It was so fresh-tasting - it actually went perfectly with the extra-garlicky fettuccini my son had - really cleared out the garlic taste afterwards.

It appears to be a family-run joint, and, as far as I can tell, everything is made fresh to order - at least all of our food was - sauces, salads, doughs. The owners are really friendly - even remembered us the second time we were in there - which brings me to the problem. The reason they probably remembered us is that there were so few people coming in there. The location has already had one or two other restaurants in it, and the immediate area has seen 5 or 6 quirky (and tasty) little restaurants/food places go out of business. I'd like to see this one stay. Apple Valley need something to choose from that's not from a chain. If Satay 2 Go can make it in their location, then Ramy's can, too. I've been thinking about setting up at the entrance to Culver's next door and trying to physically push people toward Ramy's. If they got 5% of the Culver's people to come in, they'd be full all the time...

So, the details:

Ramy's
15265 Galaxie Ave (Galaxie just south of 42)
Apple Valley, MN
(952)432-2343

Here's a review:
http://www.lazylightning.org/?s=ramy%27s

And some pictures, including a menu (which is evolving):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_roe...

Thanks,
Greg.

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  1. Bill Roehl RE: greghoffman Jun 24, 2009 06:11 PM

    I wrote the review that Greg links to (I'd prefer you use http://www.lazylightning.org/ramys-pi... instead and save me the database hit on the search term but no worries) and I have been to Ramy's on four different occasions now. Once for the review, one for the garlic knots while we were running around, and twice more for some cheap eats.

    As I state in the review this is not a place that's going to drag the inner foodie out of someone who stops in. What it will do is not drag the money out of your wallet when you walk in the door. This place has decent food at a very good price. I enjoyed the gyro and I enjoyed the cheese steak (as a Pennsylvanian I don't care what anyone says on other threads, there are no decent cheese steaks here--especially not at T.O.P.S. in Rosemount--yuck) but I especially enjoyed my spinach, tomato and garlic calzone. Definitely tasty and so worth the pennies I paid for it.

    I end up eating at too many new and/or different restaurants to continue to patronize the favorites over and over again but with my wife doing quite a bit of prodding we have been back numerous times to help them stay afloat.

    I'm with Greg. If you haven't been to Ramy's and you're looking for some cheap eats, I suggest you get in there soon and check it out!

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      greghoffman RE: Bill Roehl Jun 24, 2009 09:54 PM

      Bill's right - most of the food there is not "interesting", except for the fact that it's freshly made by people that really seem to be making an effort to do it right, really tasty, and inexpensive. I would really just like to see this place succeed.

      The one thing that really did get my attention, though, was the tabouli salad. I'd had tabouli several times before, but this version was just so fresh and good - it was really a perfect summer salad. I highly recommend it.

      Sorry about the link - it was what popped up in Google...

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      rachel_reagan RE: greghoffman Jun 24, 2009 06:58 PM

      i've never even heard of it. i'll have to give it a try. i wonder if they've done any advertising or if they just thought that having a location next to culver's would be advertisement enough.

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        Bill Roehl RE: rachel_reagan Jun 25, 2009 04:44 AM

        They don't even have a permanent sign up over the door nevermind any advertising. This place is just spreading by word of mouth at this point and I have been doing my best to ensure that people know it's there and that it's good for the price.

        Check it out and let us know what you thought. I haven't heard any complaints from anyone yet...

      2. pbcml RE: greghoffman Jun 25, 2009 06:51 AM

        First of all, let me say "Thank you" for sharing. After looking at the pictures posted and reading the reviews it would be a shame for this place to close without a given chance. I love trying new restaurants and I would definitely go out of my way to try this place. I like to support the mom & pop and the hole in the wall places, maybe another "best kept secret"? I'll try it and we'll see.......

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          JeaFoo RE: greghoffman Jun 25, 2009 05:03 PM

          I've always enjoyed Ramy's (Edina location which used to be Paradise Pizza). Ramy himself cooked and delivered probably 75% of the orders we placed. I just hope he doesn't overextend himself with the new location. As others have noted, there's not much on the menu that is special, it's just always fresh and good. Ramy's is one of the few pizza joints around here I'd even dare order a salad.

          1. Bill Roehl RE: greghoffman Jun 26, 2009 11:02 AM

            I just went in there today for lunch. This is authentic "steamrolled" NY style pizza that drips grease and is cheap (two slices and a pop for $3.50). It's very similar to what I had at Hiawatha Pizza in Minneapolis but two slices at Ramy's equal one at Hiawatha (more or less the same price) and this is in the South Metro. Woot.

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_roe...

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              greghoffman RE: greghoffman Jun 27, 2009 06:34 PM

              My family and I had lunch there again today. I tried the lasagna - kind of free-form, and, once again, appeared to be made from scratch. My wife had a chicken Florentine pizza - chicken, spinach, tomatoes - very tasty - the crust was excellent. My mother had the chicken Florentine entree - chicken breasts topped with a lot of really garlicky spinach and cheese. My son had a pepperoni stromboli - I figured out the difference between the strombolis and the calzones - calzones are like a folded-in-half pizza, while a stromboli appears to be more "rolled" - longer and skinnier. I don't think there's much more of a difference.

              And my father had the chef's salad - and to prove how freshly-made it was, he said that the hard-boiled egg on it was still warm, so either they just boiled it to order, or heated it up in the microwave just to fool us... :).

              Once again, _everything_ was excellent...

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                MN Law Student RE: greghoffman Jun 28, 2009 05:34 PM

                I live in Apple Valley, so when I saw these posts, I decided to stop in for takeout tonight and check it out. Very glad I did! My husband got the meatball parm and I got the chicken piccata. Both of us had kind of the same reaction as the other posters here so far--not super unique, but tasty. My only issue was that the sauce on my piccata was quite a bit more lemony than I'm used to, but I poured it over some egg noodles I had at home and it really hit the spot!

                I'm actually more excited about the mediterranean options and the fact that they deliver--I have a feeling there's a lot more falafal in my future. And the guys at the counter were very friendly and happy to answer all my questions, always a plus.

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                  greghoffman RE: greghoffman Aug 1, 2009 02:57 PM

                  Here's a nice article about the restaurant:

                  http://www.thisweeklive.com/index.php...

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                    mnxd9 RE: greghoffman Aug 6, 2009 08:31 PM

                    Overall the food was reaally good. Service seems a little disorganized and partly frantic, we also had to go back and ask them for the pita that was suppose to come with my kabobs and the extra fries we ordered, and everything came out as it was done which I kind of like, but I think it could've been a bit more organized, we went about 1:30-2:00 and they were actually pretty busy. I ordered the mixed kabob's they were all outstanding, I'm not sure I'd be able to order just one of them they were all very good. Came with a nice salad and some rice. The wife ordered the chicken philiy she said it was really good, it did come with mayo, which wasn't on the menu, and the wife doesn't like mayo, but it was very good and she said she'd order it again, without mayo. We got an order of baked Ziti for the kids and there both under 3, but they ate it no problems, I thought the sauce was a little sweet for my taste but still good. We spent $27 and change for our order and I felt it the prices were fine.

                    We plan on heading back, it certainly appears to be a good new place in AV.

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                      greghoffman RE: mnxd9 Aug 8, 2009 06:59 PM

                      We've been going there once every week or two, and it's really had a fairly steady stream of customers no matter when we've popped in. It's never been packed - there's always been a table available, but it looks like they're keeping busy. I'm glad to see they appear to be making it.

                      I know what you mean about getting the food not all at the same time. I think they do just bring out things as they are ready, but I'll take freshly scratch-made food that way rather than having everything pre-made and sitting under heat lamps. It's definitely not a place for a "formal" dinner - you don't want to sit there and wait until everyone's got their food before you start.

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                    gargoyle999 RE: greghoffman Aug 7, 2009 09:13 AM

                    We live in Lakeville but are in this area a lot and will have to check it out. Do you order at the counter and then they bring the food to your table?

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                      MSPD RE: gargoyle999 Aug 7, 2009 10:31 AM

                      Yep...that's pretty much how it works.

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                        mnxd9 RE: MSPD Aug 7, 2009 08:16 PM

                        Well we visited again today, I think we can make this a regular place to stop in for us, I got the same thing, and the wife also got the mixed grill Kabobs, Kids ate off our plates, we both enjoyed it and everything came in a good timely fashion. I wouldn't call it spectacular, but it seems to be solid. Again the proved to stay pretty constant and busy even at the 1:30-2pm time slot.

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                      Enso RE: greghoffman Aug 8, 2009 05:31 AM

                      I hope they expand to Plymouth...my mouth is watering, but going to Apple Valley - even for this food - isn't in the cards.

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                        redmeatfan RE: Enso Aug 8, 2009 01:49 PM

                        Opening a restaurant in this economy might not be the best idea. If the food is better than most in the price range then word of mouth will help them.

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                          MSPD RE: Enso Aug 9, 2009 09:12 PM

                          Enso, just go to Joey Nova's and you won't have missed anything.

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