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Sarah’s Kabob Shop

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Right by the Dmv on West Market, Sarah’s Kabob Shop is the latest ethnic restaurant to sit in this location, following Stix Kabobs and before that the dearly departed Peruvian Chicken (pollo a la brasa) place.

sarahs kabobs

Sarahs kabobs

This place seems to be doing well business-wise, but we weren't blown away by the food.

Sarahs kabobs

Sarahs kabobs

I ordered the falafel plate and M got a gyro plate. The falafel was a little burnt and lacking in any discernible flavor. Closer to a hush puppy than falafel. The salad was served with something that tasted like ranch and I didn’t finish the hummus, which is a big deal for me.

The fries were pretty good and they make a big deal that they’re made in house. The gyro was standard and decent.

I’d put this place in the Pita Delite category. I’d have a hard time coming back with Nazareth Bakery right down the street…

Taste Jamaica

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Edit: this place has closed

Taste Jamaica

Jamaican food in Colfax, who knew? M and I stumbled upon this place while visiting the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market. The booth had a good bit of products available, including baked goods, Jamaican meat patties, drinks and more.

Taste Jamaica

I got a beef and cheese patty for $3 and it was really tasty. It was nicely spicy with flavors of allspice and habanero peppers.

jamaican beef patty

And as I promised the lady working there, here’s a link to their Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taste-Jamaica/349566091793337

Purple Yam

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Edit: this place has closed.

He warned me.

Purple Yam

“We’ve had a few Americans complain that the dish is a little…greasy.” How bad could it be? Pork, green onions, chiles, lemon and lime – sounds awesome right.

Pork fat

Well now I see why some consider it greasy as the dish is made of 100% pork fat. Served with rice, this was a bit rich for my blood (which likely now has a similar viscosity to the dish). The lemon juice and the generous, generous dose of sriracha didn’t even come close to cutting that.

M went with the Filipino breakfast – toasted garlic rice, a piece of fried plantain, chinese style sausage, and a microwaved egg.

Breakfast

Lumpia was the main reason we were here. Picture a Vietnamese fried spring roll, but with the filling of a Chinese dumpling and you’ve got lumpia. Hard to argue with.

Lumpia

And then there’s this.

halo halo

Halo halo. If you’re wondering what in the blue blazes is all that stuff… well, we are too. Each bite M fed me driving home seemed to have something different in it, and I’d say I recognized maybe 50% of what was shoveled in my mouth, which included beans. Tasty in a very strange way, it was like the Vegas slot machine of deserts. I didn’t hit the jackpot all that often, but I felt an odd compulsion to pull the handle and ask for another bite…

Go check out Purple Yam and try a noodle dish and a halo halo. And if they warn you about anything, heed the advice…

Greensboro Curb Market

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Farmer’s Markets can be unexpected venues for wonderful food. The Ferry Building in San Francisco and The North Market in Columbus, Ohio are two great examples. Greensboro is no different with its Curb Market, located on Yanceyville Street across from the old baseball stadium.

One of the things I love most about the Curb Market is the wide variety of different ethnic foods packed in such a small space. M and I are here every Saturday, wandering from booth to booth and assembling a breakfast as we go. Here’s some of our favorite vendors:

Nora Glanz Bakery

Maker of the wonderful empanadas posted above, Nora is from Argentina. The guava and feta empanadas and the quiches she sells are very good. If you’re going to eat them there, ask her to heat them for you.

Zaytoon
Zaytoon

Zaytoon offers Palestinian and Mediterranean dips, breads and cookies. Their green fava bean dip is ridiculous. It’s lucky if it lasts a day at our house.

African Sister
African Sister

She’s usually selling traditional West African dishes like greens with peanut butter and red beans and rice. She also sells some beignets that look great, but I’ve never tried them. The ginger tea is very sweet and very ginger-y. Great way to wake up your senses.

Laura’s Goodies
Laura's Goodies

Laura’s goodies will make you wish you brought more cash. Both because it’s expensive and because it’s unbelievably good. The french macaroons are eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head yummy, especially the passionfruit-chocolate and lemon verbena-chocolate. Yes, you read that right.

Loaf Bakery
Loaf

Loaf does traditional European breads and pastries. This is my favorite breakfast spot. The focaccia is delicious.

Calico Cheese
Calico cheese

Calico started off as your average small scale cheese producer. Apparently back in the day a Hispanic guy was working for them and convinced them to do some traditional Hispanic cheeses. Fast forward to today and they sell cheese from here to the beach in all the small Hispanic markets. Their queso fresco is great crumbled over tacos and black beans, and while it might not be “ethnic,” I could eat an entire package of their jalepeno skillet cheese.

Get over there and support the local food scene!

Seoul Garden

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Never judge an ethnic restaurant by its cover.

I had driven by Seoul Garden countless times and for whatever reason had never tried it.  Something about the dingy exterior and the Korean BBQ Steakhouse sign had me thinking it would be your basic low-rent, cliche Japanese steakhouse experience.  No sir.  Not Seoul Garden.

This place is far from American-ized and each time I’ve been, there’s been a healthy percentage of Koreans eating there.  Always a reassuring sign.  The lunch menu consists of a number of soups, such as the excellent pork and kimchi soup above, a few rice and noodle dishes, and some bento-box type options like below.  Prices are usually in the $5.99 – $8.99 range, a great deal.

I’ve been three times now and ordered a kimchi soup each time, once with pork and twice with beef short rib.  Even though I want to try other things (like this funky tofu and egg soup) I can’t not order the kimchi soup.  Something about the unctuousness of the long-cooked fatty pieces of beef or pork and the sharpness and heat of the kimchi… Man.  Good stuff.

Typical of Korean restaurants, the meal starts off with banchan – little plates of snacks and condiments.

And typical of banchan, it’s pretty hit or miss.  The funky apple and noodle slaw type stuff in the bottom left is awesome, some of the others are kinda ehh.

They end the meal with a little bowl of what’s basically a cinnamon granita (or cinnamon slushie as my 11 year old sister called it.)  It’s basic and there’s not much to it, but it’s tasty and a nice way to end the meal.

Seoul Garden is on W. Market up the road from Super G mart and some of the other restaurants we’ve tried.

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.

Saffron Indian Cuisine

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Saffron is an Indian restaurant that’s been around for a long time, but not enough people in Greensboro seem to know about it.

Located right off Wendover at the Westover Terrace exit, it’s in a shopping center next to Taste of Thai.  Saffron is M and my latest obsession – I think we’ve been 3 or 4 times in the past month or so.

They start you off with pappadums and chutney.  Pappadums are really thin wafers, usually made from rice or potato flour, and Saffron’s have a nice bite of black pepper to them.  The chutney is a mix of mint and onion, and is so good that we’ve bought some to take home before.

The common Indian dishes that you hear people talking about are tandoori chicken or chicken tikka masala.  While these are good, the hidden gems of Indian cuisine are the vegetarian dishes.

M and my current favorites are baingan bharta, a tangy sweet eggplant curry dish, and bhindi aloo, a stirfried okra dish.  Add some basmati rice and naan and you’ve got a solid meal.  Channa saag is another of my favorites, a curried cream spinach dish.

Saffron’s portions are huge too.  The bowls are really deceptive.  When we order two entrees, we easily have enough for lunch the next day.  Treating it like that, Saffron is a great value.

Sorry for the lack of pictures.  We’ll just have to get more next time we go!

http://www.saffronindiancuisine.com/