Sahara Restaurant – Downtown Charleston
I have to say that I love Middle Eastern Cuisine as much as Susan loves Asian Cuisine. Humus and Pita bread are like crack to me. I love the lemon and garlic. The simple seasonings let the flavors of the meats and vegetables shine. I can get my fix at Sahara, but it comes at a cost.
Sahara has two buffet tables, one hot and one cold. The cold bar has a simple salad, humus, Baba ghanouj , and some sweets. The hot bar has lemon chicken, chicken kabobs, gyro meats, two rice dishes and a few vegetarian dishes with eggplant and potato. They also have Fuul (Vicia faba), which is a slow cooked stew of brown beans and red lentils dressed with lemon olive oil and cumin (from Wikipedia). I like all the hot offerings, but I feel that there could be more choices. I hate emtpy wells on a steam table. How about offering Siyyadiyeh, spiced fish over rice, or my favorite stuffed meat dish, Kibbeh.
Posted in 2 Forks, 3 Forks, Review
Tagged buffet, Charleston WV, Chicken, Food, hummus, Lunch, Middle Eastern, Pita, Review, Sahara
Aladdin Restuarant – Kanawha City, Charleston, WV
I think I enjoy middle eastern food as much as Susan loves Chinese food. The bright lemon flavors combined with the silky olive oil make many dishes pop. Please don’t confuse this cuisine with Indian food, because the flavors are totally different. Counties like Syria and Lebanon border the Mediterranean Sea and the foods more closely resemble the flavors of Greece.
Aladdin is quietly tucked away on Chesterfield Avenue on the “other side of the tracks” from CAMC. This family owned business has a loyal following, and I see the same people dining there everytime I go. The dimly lit dining room is decorated with a few pictures of the home country, but for the most part the room is pretty plain. If you want to have a quiet dinner with your significant other this place fits the bill. When you walk in the door you will be seated at a table dressed in starched linen and real napkins. Something you don’t get at TGIFriday’s or Ruby Tuesday’s. Continue reading
Posted in 3 Forks, 5 Forks, Lunch, Review
Tagged Alladins, Charleston WV, falafel, hummus, kabobs, Kanawha City, Lunch, middle east, Review
The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Whether you want to chill out for a while or experience the thrill of live music, you can’t go wrong by spending some time at The Purple Fiddle.
The Purple Fiddle is located in the old DePollo General Store on East Avenue in Thomas. On your way to the Fiddle, turn left as soon as you enter Thomas and check out the Mountain Made shop for all kinds of awesome handmade West Virginia art and gifts. You can definitely see the remnants of the old general store inside. The counter, the cases, the shelves along the walls, and the ladder – all remain. Walk straight back to place an order for sandwiches, wraps, munchies, flavored coffees, wine and a superb selection of beers. There must have been a hundred to choose from. We sampled some Dead Guy Ale and Mountain State Brewery beers – most were around $3.30 each. Or you can satisfy your hankerin’ for a Pabst Blue Ribbon for $1.40!
Posted in 4 Forks, 5 Forks, Lunch, Review
Tagged Canaan Valley, Hobgoblin Ale, hummus, live music, Mountain Made, Purple Fiddle, Review, Ron, Thomas, WV