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Jun 28, 2010 08:20 AM

Garlic n Lemons

OK, based on the Taste review I went to their Facebook page. The specials could be my Teta or my mother's weekly dinners. Is it as good as it sounds?

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  1. I just had a sampler at taste of allston. It was damn incredible, I was a happy guy. I can't wait to get back there.

      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        Hi Jenny -- can you elaborate? What have you eaten here and what is it like? I'm intrigued.

        1. re: yumyum

          I've had the chicken shwarma (regular and spicy versions), the kofte and eggplant kebab, several of the salads, the stuffed grape leaves, the falafel, the small spinach, cheese and meat pies, and a few of the desserts. I hadn't had any of the off-menu specials they announce on the Facebook page, but only because it's too difficult to extricate myself from work to rush over for them.

          The ambiance is strictly fast-food counter service, and I have no idea if they have a beer and wine license, if that's important. But the food is uniformly excellent and some items are superb.

      2. Went to Garlic and Lemons yesterday after a hot day looking at sand sculpture on Revere Beach, and it was great! The wife had a spicy chicken schwarma sandwich with hummous on the side, I had the spicy beef schwarma sandwich with grape leaves on the side, and we split a dessert (name escapes me, phyllo dough with creamy goodness inside, with pistachios and rose water- right out of the oven). Excellent food, decent prices (2 big sandwiches, two sides, one dessert , three bottled drinks, $26). Can't wait to go back and try some other stuff, the tabbouli looks awesome. Nice people too. Stop by, if you like Middle Eastern food, this is a great addition to an already burgeoning restaurant row. It;s located right next door to New England Comics on Harvard Ave.

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        1. re: kimfair1

          I just went there recently as well and I was wowed. I think I've finally found a replacement for the dearly departed Skewers in Cambridge (alas, Garlic n Lemons is in Allston, not Cambridge, but it's closer than going to Lebanon!)

          I really enjoyed my sandwich, as well as nibbling from my DC's platter --- tabbouleh was indeed a standout. In addition to standard sandwiches on pita, they also make sandwiches on saj --- a flatter bread that crisps up really well. They have a number of interesting dishes, including some cured beef options that I really liked. They also have jallab, a date and grape based drink. I wasn't as thrilled with their desserts, but I only tried two of them --- will have to try more. Very nice family too.

          1. re: lipoff

            As I recall, Skewers was brown bag - same for G & L?

            1. re: BobB

              Bob - I've been trying to figure out what this means. Do you mean take out only? If so, they do have several tables (four or five 4 tops) at Garlic and Lemons.

              1. re: kimfair1

                No, it means you can bring your own beer or wine. Not strictly legal in Boston but some smaller places that have no license to serve tolerate it (and will even provide a corkscrew or bottle opener) while others don't.

                1. re: BobB

                  I get the vibe that they not only wouldn't tolerate it, you would be asked to leave.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    On one hand it is counter service, not table service, so you don't see too much BYOB at those types of places. However, the guys who work there do seem pretty cool and friendly so you never know....

                    It can't hurt to try it... well maybe it can, but it can't hurt to ask.

                    1. re: tysonmcneely

                      I get it now. Eh, I can have a meal without beer or wine (though I love my booze!), so it's not something I'd ever think of in a place that doesn't serve liquor.

                  2. re: BobB

                    I'd say guzzle away at the Sunset Bar across the street and then hit Garlic and Lemons :)

                    1. re: Trumpetguy

                      Or you can always use a soda can full of wine...

          2. Finally got there and based on one meal (kebab/eggplant rollup on saj, and tabbouli) I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I advise a spoon for finishing the tabbouli.

            1. Garlic 'n Lemons

              Garlic 'n Lemons
              133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134