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Nabeel's Cafe

1706 Oxmoor Road, Homewood (near Homewood park)
European-style, family-oriented neighborhood restaurant and market featuring Greek and Middle Eastern specialties such as Homos (hummus) dip, Taramasalata Dip (red caviar spread), Bulgarian roasted peppers with feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, avgolemono soup, pasta fagioli, Greek salad, tabouli salad, chicken souvlaki, gyros, falafel, moussaka, pastitsio, eggplant parmesan, Greek style baked chicken, grilled lamb chops and Greek style grouper. Check out the ethnic specialties at the adjacent market.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 04:48PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments11 Comments

Reader Comments (11)

It's my favorite place to eat in Birmingham. Although the food is often precooked and rewarmed in the microwave before serving, it is cheap and there is a good variety of Greek and Italian dishes, including many desserts. My favorites are the eggplant parmesan and the moussaka. The atmosphere is really what keeps me coming back; it reminds me of being in a neighborhood cafe in Europe.

June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Williams

Serving Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine at lunch and dinner, this small, inexpensive Homewood restaurant is a common sight on "best of Birmingham" lists. Beer and wine served, smoking allowed, carryout available.
Charming neighborhood restaurant with an Old World feel. Delicious, interesting, Mideast,Italian,and Greek cuisine. Dynamite sandwiches,salads,and entrees. Fabulous desserts! Ask for Maria.
(March 2006)

June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKim Huber

After a morning meeting in Homewood, I could not resist Nabeel's for lunch. This Greek/Italian owned bustling Mediterranean restaurant, market, and coffee house transports my heart back to Italy (I haven't yet had the pleasure of experiencing Greece). The simple dark wood booths, aroma of basil and tomatoes cooking, and the chit chat of happy patrons and servers welcomes you to sit down for a while and actually enjoy eating. The prices are extremely modest with most sandwiches and entrees in the $5.95 - $10.95 range. Though I make it myself, I had to try the Moussaka. The bottom layer of sweet eggplant with skins on was followed with a savory ground meat mixture. The bechamel topping was almost cake like and golden brown on top, truely melted in my mouth. On the side was a pungent tomato "fondue" to run your fork through. My guest ordered the eggplant parmesian. Nabeel's has achieved greatness with the not fried stack of 8 - 10 thin slices of melanzane nestled in an oval casserole, smothered in the freshest marinara, and topped with Parmegiano Reggiano. The total for 3 for lunch was $22. With my change, I stepped down to the market for some dill and basil (only $1 a bag compared to $4 in stores), a baguette, Italian olives, and some Parmesian cheese to take home. Nabeel's also sells some ready to cook items such as Spanakopita for those who like to fake bake. For those with Italian or Greek roots, or those who are heartsick for the Mediterranean, Nabeel's will fill your heart and your stomach.
(July 2006)

June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Calderone

I really enjoyed this restaurant. As an appetizer we had the Tatziki dip with pita bread and it was wonderful. My boyfriend had the Pastitio and he loved it. The creme sauce on top was absolutely devine. I had the Aegean Shrimp which was very robust with the best feta cheese I have ever tasted. The price was moderate as previous reviews have stated and the atmosphere was lovely. The only complaint my boyrfriend had was that he left still hungry. The entree he had did not come with any sides and was a very small portion to be served alone. Mine was a fairly small portion as well but it was very heavy and I felt satisfied.

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica W

I've eaten at Nabeels many times over the years with mixed experiences, with the food somtimes good and sometimes below expectation. I always return though because of the great atmosphere, friendly service, and good value.

Appetizer wise we have tried the baked feta, hummos, and caviar spread and have been pleased with all of them.

The entree's are what seem to vary in their prowess. The entrees come with a small greek salad which is simple and good, although underneath the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta is a lake of greek dressing.

The chicken feta wrap and gyro plate are good but no better than other options in town (like Al's for example). I've tried the pastitsio and was not that pleased but most recently had the moussaka which was really very good, the best dish I have had there to date.

I tried greek style baked chicken which was a very large chicken breast that was seasoned nicely and was very tender, but the meat itself had a dry quality that made my tongue furrow. It was served with rice which was very good and asparagus that was skinny and wilted looking and not particularly appetizing.

The bifteki (greek burger) promised a unique taste with its ingredient list. While good, it was not great and certainly not worth a special trip to Nabeels for a burger.

Most of the desserts are good including the cannoli, baklava, roulage, and cheescake. The key is to keep them from drizzling an icky tasting generic choclate syrup on top. The syrup looks good, but ruins the flavor of the desserts.

We will continue to come back periodically, but we are gradually learning to stick with a few reliable menu items that portray greek cuisine at its finest, at least as can best be had in Birmingham.

July 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Absolute worst dining experience i have ever had. Even thinking about it makes me lose my appetite. I cannot imagine anyone enjoying food from this place. I have given it two chances because I really wanted to like it. On top of the food being disgusting, the bathroom was awful.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKB

Nabeel's is without a doubt my favorite restaurant!The food is great but it is the atmosphere of home that keeps me and my wife coming back !

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMilton Dye

New in town, and am slowly getting around to all the Greek restaurants - Nabeels is so far at the bottom of the admittedly short list. I was not impressed - in particular the falafel was almost bizarre - huge balls that were almost black with no texture and no crunch, I wondered if they were mostly potato, after all..

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Good avgolemeno soup but very very very bad and slow service. wish they would get their act together because it would be a great place to frequent more often.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

strange experience, ate @ nabeel's the other night, service was fair, food was reheated leftovers and the strange thing (and the reason i'll never return) my husband and i watched two cooks go to the bathroom and not WASH THEIR HANDS!!!! WE WILL NOT TAKE THAT!!!

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWENDY

In general I have had spotty service and quality, but when it is good it is really good. They need to get their food and service under control so patrons know what to expect, could be great.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBBQ Addict

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