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Makarios

940 20th St. South
731-7414
Casual Mediterranean food in a building that once was a Kentucky Fried Chicken and more recently a Chinese place. No alcohol served. A February 2008 review in City Scene gave high marks to hummus with sauteed pine nuts, stuffed grape leaves, shish kebabs, ghallaba (sliced chicken, lamb or beef sauteed with veggies). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes "everything from quail to swordfish kabobs to burgers to mojadra, which is a sandwich filled with lentils, cracked wheat, onion and salad." Fresh-squeezed vegetable juices are squeezed to order.

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 02:50PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments10 Comments

Reader Comments (10)

wonderful! by far the best hummos in b'ham. great kabobs and excellent stuffed grape leaves.

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternyb

Makarios is Great!! If you like mediterranean/ middle- eastern- and not that stupid Purple Onion mess- then you will love Makarios. They've got great vegetarian choices, not to mention the varied choice of meats- and their salads are amazingly fresh- I like the spinach anf hummous wrap- and yes the hummous rules! Also the lentil soup is so tasty- Try it!

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

This is the best mediteranean in Birmingham.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShia

I must say that I tried Makarios this past weekend (2/14) for lunch with my family and it was very good. Easily the best of it's kind in B'ham and possibly the Southeast....better than any I have had anyway. I had the lamb ghallaba wrap, chicken tawook wrap, lamb grape leaves and fresh squeezed beet\carrot juice - all exceptional. My wife had the hamburger and she thought it was also very good. I have a new favorite place to eat in town now!

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

The menu offers much more variety than the typical gyros and kafta found at other middle-eastern style places around town.

Falafel, hummus, chicken schwarma, and the service were all excelent.

Highly recommended.

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Just a 2nd reveiw to note my faves: the lamb kabobs and quail. The tabouli is also yum!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShia

Delicious. Cheap. Quick.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmith

This is the real deal, and certainly the best middle eastern food I've had outside of Dearborn MI. For those who don't know, Dearborn has the largest concentration of Middle Eastern people outside of the Middle East. So that's saying something. The food was fantastic and only second to one restaurant of it's type back in Dearborn. this is certainly the best I've found down south.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChad

I crave this food...haven't had anything that wasn't delicious. Highly recommend.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I recently visited this restaurant on a Saturday evening. I was looking forward to this as a result of the great reviews. I have been eating Middle Eastern food for 25 years and have enjoyed some really great cuisine in New York as well as locally. Honestly, I was disappointed with the food here. In order to try everything imaginable I ordered the sampler platter for $34.95 for two (date night). There were several meat dishes on the platter that appeared to have promise, but each of the meets were overcooked and dry (especially the chicken and lamb schwarma as well as the kafta). We ended up leaving about half of the food, although we really enjoy leftovers, figuring that it would just become tougher if reheated. The dips were good, but the tabouli was a little too mushy having been made in a food processor, which seems to becoming quite common because it is easier than hand chopping the parsley quantities required. Still, not a great texture. Also not quite authentic was the "do you want french fries or rice" option with the dishes. I guess this is because of the local college clientele, but not authentic nonetheless.

Also, worth mentioning is the unusual furniture. The tables and chairs are clearly from a budget Chinese restaurant, which was a little odd. The service was good and the waitress friendly.

Summary: I should have gone to Ali Baba or Pita Stop. Perhaps my experience was a fluke (based on the other positive reviews noted), but the problems were significant enough to prevent me from returning. Just relating my experience.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdg

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