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Makarios in Five Points South

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on September 29, 2012

On a warm autumn night I was sitting on the patio of Makarios Kabob & Grill enjoying the company of friends and trying to enjoy the exotic flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine. There were a diverse array of customers, many whom were of Middle Eastern descent, so that led me to think that this place must have authentic Middle Eastern food.

Since the waitress said they are known for their smoothies, I decided to order the strawberry banana flavor. It was very good after I added a small packet of sugar; next time I’ll just tell them to make it extra sweet. After pondering over the menu and asking the waitress for English translations, we were ready to order. I had the Chicken Shawarma which was charbroiled marinated chicken wrapped in pita bread with garlic sauce & pickles. I only took two bites of this and didn’t like it because the flavor of the garlic sauce overpowered the flavors of everything else. I also ordered a side of grilled vegetables which were very tasty. FYI: Someone else ordered the Chicken Shawarma and they enjoyed it because they asked for the garlic sauce on the side.

The only big hit, in my opinion, was the Makarios Salad; lettuce, olives, beets, feta cheese, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, & fresh dill mixed with homemade dressing. It looked like coleslaw but tasted nothing like it. If I go back, this is what I will order.

One of my other friends got the Fried Kibba, fried lamb, and she seemed to enjoy it.

And another friend got the Shawarma Plate; marinated chicken, lamb kabob, and rice. She also didn’t have any complaints.

Makarios has a unique festive atmosphere, reasonable prices, and good customer service, but this is no place that I must flock back to soon! Try it out and let me know what you think.

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James Jones:The Man Behind “Kairos Kafe & Katering”

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 18, 2011

Kairos Kafe & Katering are both owned by James Jones, who is a passionate cook that loves to serve the community. This restaurant is located on University Boulevard in the old Ollie’s BBQ location, next to I65.  My visit here was educational and filled with delicious food and genuine hospitality. The restaurant’s mission statement is “building relationships around food”, and I definitely felt a special bond with everyone that I came in contact with, during my visit. More specifically, Kairos Kafe & Katering are connected to, and have a special relationship with Grace & Truth Ministry. The minister, Steve Longnecker, helped the owner, James, get back on his feet after being incarcerated. In addition, as a child, James loved to watch his grandmother cook, and that is where his dream of owning a restaurant developed.

James and his staff makes all of their food fresh and they try to be innovative with their recipes. For example, the strawberry butter that I had with my roll was tasty. It was similar to butter but had a subtle sweet starwberry flavor. Also James is known for his famous croutons which are made from tortilla bread; they are cut into strips, rolled up, and fried. I’ve never seen croutons like them before, but they sure are tasty. You can see them, a little, in my salad below. This is the “Norma’s Mixed Green Salad”. This was delicious!

James always advises his customers to visit the restaurant’s blog, in order, to get the weekly coupon.

Finally, Kairos Kafe is open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm. Kairos Katering is always available upon request.

http://kairoskatering.com/index.html

The story behind Kairos Kafe & Katering is very inspirational and, hopefully, the following video captures the true essence.

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Nabeel’s Cafe & Market

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on January 21, 2011

Nabeel’s Cafe serves Greek  & Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant is quaint and so cozy that it caused me to leave all of my distractions at the door; I was literally transplanted to a  country in Europe.

Next door to the restaurant, is a corner market that allows guests to buy Greek and Mediterranean groceries; such as meats, pastries, drinks, spices, and pre-cooked meals.

Upon our arrival, the owner took our jackets and sat us at a table next to the fire place; I felt so at home. Furthermore, this was the beginning of a “foodtastic” night that I wasn’t expecting!

Our Appetizers consisted of the following:

  • Baked Feta Theologos: Feta seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, & Greek oregano, wrapped in foil and baked. Served with toasted homemade bread. The feta spread was presented in aluminum foil that was shaped like a swan.  The feta spread almost reminded me of a garlic spread, based on taste, not presentation. There is no way to confuse garlic spread with feta spread because of the different textures and the sharp taste of the feta cheese. I gave this dish two thumbs up!

  • Bulgarian Roasted Peppers: Feta cheese with Kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of basil topped with Bulgarian roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes & sherry tomatoes. Served with Pita Wedges and homemade bread. This tomato and roasted red pepper mixture was good, I’m not used to eating anything like that. The feta served with this dish was milder, so I ate it with the chopped tomatoes, roasted red peppers and pita bread; what an amazing combination of flavors that exploded in my mouth. The olives were a bit too salty for me, but thumbs up!

  • Stuffed Grape Leaves with Feta Cheese:  Grape leaves stuffed with rice and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, with a side of Feta cheese. Served with Pita Wedges.Personally, I wasn’t a fan of this dish. The grape leaves had a poignant flavor that just didn’t agree with my palate. But I was told that this is one of the best selling dishes.

  • Pasta Fagioli: Italian soup made with chicken & tomato broth, pasta, beans, & vegetables. Served with a homemade slice of bread. Mom ordered this dish, and she loves it because she gets it every time that we visit.

  • Horiatiki (Peasant Greek Salad): A mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, Feta, Kalamata olives, Greek oregano & red onions. Served with homemade bread. Although delicious indeed, this salad is lettuce free. I never knew that I would enjoy a salad so much, that didn’t have lettuce in it. All of the vegetables were fresh and had a sweet tangy taste, from the housemade salad dressing.

(Entree & dessert mentioned in video below)

Our beverages consisted of the restaurant’s special iced mint tea, and it was so refreshing. It wasn’t too minty, but it kept my mouth feeling clean and yearning for more.

The following is based on a scale of 1-10: (1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest)

Ambiance: 9

Service: 10

Food: 9.5

The owner (John Krontiras) and the waiter (John) both gave us stellar service and their undivided attention. Thanks so much! Also, the cooks did an amazing job on everything. I had such a wonderful time; I think that I’ll go back this weekend!

http://www.nabeels.com/

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