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Chef Samir Shaltout

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Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue does it?

chef shamir shaltout

But hey, neither does baba ganouj and that doesn’t stop it from being delicious. Speaking of delicious baba ganouj, this place has it, among other nice mezze options.

baba ganouj

Clockwise from top right, baba ganouj, hummus, moussaka and marinated eggplant. We also split an okra and beef tagine, which I thought was only ok. It tasted homemade, but more in a “I probably could have made this at home” way. The rice and salad were really good though and it was a ton of food.


The inside was surprisingly well decorated to be in a strip mall and the service was great.


While not the best middle eastern restaurant in Greensboro, Chef Samir Shaltout is definitely a good option in the ethnic food wasteland of Wendover.


Cleopatra’s Restaurant

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Baba ganouj > hummus.

And if you like either, try Cleopatra’s.  It’s located in the shopping center beside Chipotle, where Basil and Co used to be.  It was recently opened by an Egyptian guy in Greensboro who, according to their website, was inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and wanted to share his culture.

Disclaimer: I think was my first time eating Egyptian.  However, I’ve tried the cuisines from most of the surrounding countries in Africa and around the Mediterranean.  A lot of it was familiar in one form or the other – hummus, baba ganouj, labneh, shwarma, tagines, etc.  Sadly, what were most excited about fell short of our expectations: the pita.  Middle Eastern pita is slightly different than the pita we’re used to.  Instead of flat and dense, it’s more like a warm, delicious whoopie cushion.  Like this .  Visually, it was spot on, however the texture was much tougher and drier than what I’ve had before.  This might just be how Egyptian pita is for all I know.  I still ate it (and M’s.)  Also, it was pretty soon after they opened and they might have still been working out some kinks.

M got a chicken and rice dish that didn’t do much for us.  It was a lot like…chicken and rice.

Neither of us would order that again – not bad, just bland.  The dips and appetizers though were awesome.  Especially that baba ganouj. They claim on the menu that it’s the world’s best. I believe them.