Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine (Lexington, KY)

306 Fieldstone Way, suite # 1200, Lexington, KY 40513, T: 859-224-1138

Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine serves Middle Eastern food in a strip mall on the outskirts of Lexington. The freshness and quality of the food is ensured by the shop next door, which is part of the same store. You go up to the counter to order, after first checking out the different meats on the skewers and salads in the counter. The variety is huge, although they tend to run out of certain dishes (undoubtedly linked to the fact that all is freshly made that day).

We ordered a regular humus ($3.29) and cucumber yoghurt salad ($3.29) as starters. Both were fresh and tasty and came with Lebanese bread. For entrees we had a Baba's Special ($11.79), where you pick two meats (I had beef kabob and beef shawarma) -which come with rice, bread, and garlic sauce, chicken shawarma over salad ($9.99), and Fattoosh ($3.29). The beef kabob was tender and well grilled, the chicken shawarma was tasy and came in an enormous portion, and the beef shawarma was ok. The Fattoosh was fresh and tasty and had amazing crispy pita chips in it. Everything tasted fresh, and was of good quality-particularly for a strip mall in Kentucky!

VERDICT: 85/100
Sahara offers some of the most authentic and fresh Middle Eastern food in the Midwest. Its portions are generous and come at very decent prices. Definitely worth a visit!

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