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ostrakos Apr 5, 2010 06:36 PM

Any recommendations welcome, I'm tired of gyros from Showmar's...

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    anthonys May 28, 2010 06:25 AM

    I have to disagree with the other posters when they mention Kabob Grill as the best in Charlotte. The food is OK but it is overpriced and there are not that many choices on the menu. If you are looking for authentic Lebanese food at good prices, drive to Matthews and eat at Aladdin's Eatery. In addition to the standard fare such as kibbe, falaffel, and tabouli- they have choices you would expect to come from your mother/grandmother's kitchen, such as:

    Fatayer
    Lentil Soup
    Loubie
    Mujadra

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    Kabob Grill
    1235 East Blvd Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28203

    Aladdin's Eatery
    7900 Stevens Mill Rd Ste G, Matthews, NC 28104

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      Ciao Italia Foodie May 28, 2010 12:38 PM

      Aladdin's CLOSED a good while ago.Support the restaurants you like and recommend. :(

      I suggest you try Sultan Kabob House S.Tryon. Enjoy!

      ALSO to the OP... If you like the gyro's from Showmars , go to Soma Grill in Matthews and try the lamb one!
      www.somagrill.com

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      Sultan Kabob House
      Charlotte, NC, Charlotte, NC

      Soma Grill
      10416 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105

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        anthonys Nov 15, 2010 11:44 AM

        Sorry to hear that Aladdin's is closed. I do support restaurants in the area that I like but being Lebanese, I cook 95% of the Lebanese food I eat. Since I would not invite ostrakos to my house for dinner, I was simply suggesting a place where I have eaten passable Lebanese food in Charlotte.

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          ostrakos Dec 18, 2010 04:25 PM

          You wouldn't invite me over for dinner? Did I do something wrong?

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        billyjack May 28, 2010 04:17 PM

        As mentioned Aladdins closed.

        I agree that Kabob Grille is overpriced, but that kind of goes with the neighborhood (both of them).

        Interesting that you mention Mjderah, its very hard to find in Charlotte. I end up making it at home.

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        hazardnc Apr 16, 2010 09:45 AM

        Kabob Grill is probably one of the best Middle Eastern places in town. Their kibbe and falafel are excellent. Try the muhumara (a red pepper and walnut dip) for a treat. I used to love the Middle East Deli, but the quality kept declining. I noticed they rehabbed the restaurant - maybe the owner got a lift too - so I should go back to try it again. Lately, we've been visiting the Cedars on Central avenue (not far from the intersectin with Sharon Amity). They have excellent shwarma and falafel.

        Leah's Cuisine is the name of the folks who sell at the matthews Farmer's market. Try the manaish (flat bread with zaatar). Yum!

        Lastly, there's a Turk selling "doner kebab" in Latta Arcade Not bad

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        Middle East Deli
        4508 E Independence Blvd Ste 111, Charlotte, NC 28205

        Kabob Grill
        1235 East Blvd Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28203

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          waitress Dec 18, 2010 03:58 PM

          Middle East Deli has changed to Carolina Kebap. I have been a couple of times, they have really revamped, it has tables with waiter service. It has really improved since the deli days. I am addicted to their tabouli.

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          Middle East Deli
          4508 E Independence Blvd Ste 111, Charlotte, NC 28205

           
           
           
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            lynnlato Dec 20, 2010 03:42 PM

            Wow, all of that looks delicious. Thanks for posting, waitress. I'll have to put this place on the list. ;-)

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              billyjack Dec 21, 2010 02:25 PM

              Just to clarify. Carolina Kebap is a Turkish restaurant.

          2. waitress Apr 14, 2010 05:47 AM

            Here is a photo from Clucker's in Pineville. I also love Kabob Grill that was mentioned. There was also a man at the Farmer's Market near the airport last year that sold hummus, tabouli, bread and lebnah. Maybe he will be here for this summer too.

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            Kabob Grill
            1235 East Blvd Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28203

             
            1. carolinadawg Apr 6, 2010 01:49 PM

              Also, Little Village Grill, Uptown at Gateway Village, has an excellent Falafel Pita.

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                billyjack Apr 22, 2010 11:51 AM

                I just ate a falafel pita from Little Village Grill. It was good, but definitely not Lebanese-style if thats what you're looking for. I guess you'd call it Greek style since the rest of the place is Greek. Thick pita and a lot of tzatziki.

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                Little Village Grill
                710 W Trade St Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28202

              2. southernitalian Apr 6, 2010 01:41 PM

                How about Cluckers off of 51 in Pineville? Or Middle East Deli on Independence? I don't know that they're specifically Lebanese, in fact I think the Cluckers folks are Palestinean, but I've had very good food at both over the years. Cluckers specializes in chicken dishes (obviously). Very good chicekn,

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                Middle East Deli
                4508 E Independence Blvd Ste 111, Charlotte, NC 28205

                1. carolinadawg Apr 5, 2010 06:44 PM

                  I have no idea how authentic it is, but I enjoy Kabob Grill on East Blvd. They also have a location in Ballentyne. There is also a place called Middle Eastern Deli on Independence, can't vouch for it personally. Same for Aladdin's Eatery in Matthews...my guess is that its the most authentic:

                  http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/...

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                  Aladdin's Eatery
                  7900 Stevens Mill Rd Ste G, Matthews, NC 28104

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                    billyjack Apr 6, 2010 11:15 AM

                    There is also Sultan Kabob House on S. Tryon...I think Creative Loafing wrote it up a while ago.

                    I thought there was a Lebanese-owned restaurant in east Charlotte but I can't remember the name.

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                    Sultan Kabob House
                    Charlotte, NC, Charlotte, NC

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