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Slightly above-average buffet.
Finally stopped in for a bite to eat after a coworker raved about the hummus with lamb and lamb entree. I did not have a chance to try either of those dishes as I decided to try the lunch buffet on my first visit. What the hummus lacked in flavor, it made up in its texture. The babaganoush/babaganouj was good, and so were the dolmades/dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves). The lamb stew was very tasty, but I must warn you that it was very fatty-be prepared to do a lot of trimming, if you are so inclined (as I am!). I almost did not try the brisket since it looked dry and burnt; I'm glad to say it was quite good. I would have to say that my favorite dish in the buffet was something I could not find in their regular menu, but have deduced to be chole (googling dishes containing the following roasted veggies: eggplant, onions, tomatoes, and stewed chickpeas).
Next review will be on the lamb entree!
Editorial Review. Affordable cafe and adjoining market offer Middle Eastern favorites like falafel and shawarma, as well as groceries for home cooking.
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