In Charlotte NC there is the Ali Baba which serves a general
Mideastern menu. The entree prices average $8 or less. It is open
for dinner and carry out is available. - 4113 Monroe Road #A
Charlotte, North Carolina - Ph 704-376-0750
Chapel Hill has the Cafe Parvaneh - Persian food - you won't need your
bottle of ground sumac here, they will already have their own.
(amazing, here in the US so many people think that sumac is poison but
it is a wonderful spice. The red berries and bark are ground
together) Here is their website: - http://www.cafep.com/ - The
pictures look like verious forms of kubideh with saffron rice and
roasted veggies. Kubideh is a delight and is almost the Iranian
national dish. - I looked through their menu and also found a good
selection of khoreshes. Khoresh is another near universal Persian
dish that is eaten in most Iranian households at least once a day. It
would seem that this is not a Halal restaurant as there is a selection
of wines and other alcohol containing beverages. But as a traditional
beverage, may I recommend doogh - liquid yogurt, soda and dried mint.
- - I have never eaten there but a friend who imports caviars from
Iran has. I talked with him last night and he highly recommends the
place. Address on the website.
In Durham is the Bread & Kabob. "Persian, Afghan, Middle Eastern and
a great variety of Vegeterian dishes" A restaurant review by Greg Cox
- "The bright fluorescent lighting and pictures of combination plates
over the order counter give a first impression that Bread & Kabob is a
fast food joint, but the warm welcome from the mostly native Afghani
staff makes it clear that it's a family run eatery. Kabobs, ranging
from lamb cubes to marinated chicken to mildly seasoned ground beef,
are the specialty, grilled to order and served with a house-baked
bread resembling pita. A rotating selection of vegetable side dishes,
with flavors reminiscent of India and the Middle East, include chunky
potatoes, slow-cooked spinach, and eggplant cooked to soft, melded
sweetness with tomatoes." - sounds good to me. - 1013 W. Main St.
Durham, NC - 919-956-5559
From Raleigh we have the Kabobi Resturant - "Kabob Kobideh, Barg,
Chengeh, Chicken with basmati rice, Geymeh Stew, Okra Stew, Taaskabob,
Aash, Lentil rice (Adas Polo) are some of the foods that are available
along with fresh Persian pastries, Ice-cream and Faloodeh." - I know
nothing else about it except the menu sounds good. It really is
difficult to find a "bad" Mideastern restaurant.
You may have noticed the restaurants selected are basically Persian.
Well??? - I'm biased.
Take a look at the website Chromedome recommended. Calling me a
"curmudgeonly retired archaeologist" - - - - - - Well - - - - yes, it
Have a great trip.
The great overweight one