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venturebrowser Feb 10, 2010 07:30 AM

Hi there! Anyone know of any Indian restaurants or other style that have dining seated on the floor in the Charlotte or closely surronding area? I actually live in Taylorsville (1 hour north of Charlotte), but I know I'll have to travel a bit to find such a place. I am looking for a good Valentines destination.

Thanks in advance.

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    DoubleBaconVeggieBurger RE: venturebrowser Feb 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    I don't know if Asheville is within your preferred travel radius, but there is a Middle Eastern restaurant that has floor seating (and belly dancing, sometimes!) called Jerusalem Garden. I haven't been there, but I've heard it's pretty good.

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      venturebrowser RE: DoubleBaconVeggieBurger Feb 10, 2010 10:40 AM

      Yeah, Asheville is about 2.5 hrs from me, so it's a little far for dinner. Thanks alot for the the input though.

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      billyjack RE: venturebrowser Feb 10, 2010 11:57 AM

      Most of the places I remember having floor seating are Japanese. Mizuho in south Charlotte is fantastic. Their floor seating is a separate room however; not sure if its group dining only or you just have to ask for it.

      I know I've seen it at African/North African/Middle-Eastern restaurants but can't think of any specifically...except Jerusalem Garden in Asheville :-)

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        venturebrowser RE: billyjack Feb 10, 2010 12:07 PM

        Hard to tell from their website. Looks as if it might be for special parties. Plus, we've got an amazing Japanese restaurant within 20 minutes of us. It's our go-to when we're craving sushi.

        Thanks for the input billyjack

      2. lynnlato RE: venturebrowser Feb 12, 2010 06:11 AM

        Kabob House on Independence Blvd. used to have floor seating many years ago. I remember reading about the place in The Charlotte Observer, but I've never been. I checked out their website and, while it doesn't say anything about floor seating, it does describe their Persian cuisine menu and they have a tea room/hookah lounge for "better understanding of Persian culture and customs". They also have belly dancers on weekend nights. Here is a write up from The Charlotte Observer posted last month:

        "KABOB HOUSE, 6432 E. Independence Blvd.; 704-531-2500. The heart of the menu is - surprise! - kabobs: ground sirloin mixed with onions and spices, chicken, beef tenderloin, Cornish hen, salmon. But daily specials are worth seeking out, including sophisticated stews called khoresht and rice-based dishes called polo. Belly dancing Saturday nights. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday ($3.95-$18.85). http://www.kabobhousenc.com/"

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          billyjack RE: lynnlato Feb 12, 2010 08:14 AM

          Maybe thats one I was thinking of! Haven't been there in years. It used to be good. It shares space with a beverage store, how could you go wrong?

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            lynnlato RE: billyjack Feb 12, 2010 11:42 AM

            Ha! Yea, I used to hear all sorts of good things about it but haven't heard anything in quite a while until I stumbled upon Helen's recent post. They used to be at all the restaurant food festivals uptown - but that was many years ago. I always sampled their tasty lamb kabobs. Glad to know they are still out there. I wonder if they can have the hookah room now that they possed the smoking ban?

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              mcap RE: lynnlato Feb 13, 2010 08:31 AM

              My understanding is that no, they can not have the hookah anymore. PJ's uptown has stopped hookah service I believe, as has Sultan in Steele Creek area.

              This is hearsay from others, but that is what I was told...

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                lynnlato RE: mcap Feb 13, 2010 09:08 AM

                That's what I thought too, but I also heard something about if it is a separate room that with no food service. But I don't know for certain about that either.

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                  Ciao Italia Foodie RE: mcap Feb 13, 2010 09:27 AM

                  You were informed correctly , Sultan has stopped hookah service. This I know from last I was there after the smoking ban.

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                    lynnlato RE: Ciao Italia Foodie Feb 13, 2010 11:26 AM

                    oops

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              Ciao Italia Foodie RE: lynnlato Feb 13, 2010 09:23 AM

              The belly dancing on Saturday nights got me to take a peak at the Charlotte Observer "write up posted last month" and this was a write up from July 1998?

              Just wondering cause I have driven past this place(Kabob House) a few times and never does it seem to have business so I was wondering if this was a very old write up you mention being recent or did you mean to post something more current?

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                lynnlato RE: Ciao Italia Foodie Feb 13, 2010 11:32 AM

                The post date was January 18, 2010 - http://www.charlotteobserver.com/163/...

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                  billyjack RE: lynnlato Feb 13, 2010 09:34 PM

                  That page might have been posted on that date, but those are definitely the short descriptions from the restaurant guide section of the paper which have been used for years. I recognize most of the copy, it hasn't changed, they've just added newer restaurants. Not sure if they still print that, it used to be in the Dining section after the weekly review. I think they try to weed out the ones that close, but Pho 98 is still there...

                  Either way I'm pretty sure Kabob House is still open. They never really had that much business whenever I was there, but the food was good.

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