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Ali Baba

110 Centre at Riverchase, Hoover (Hwy. 31 just north of I-459/Galleria area)
823-BABA (2222)
Middle Eastern/Persian fare. Casual dress, full bar. Shish kabobs, lamb kabobs, seafood, chicken, vegetarian specialties.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 04:56PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

Tucked away in a nondescript strip mall north of the Galleria is a surprisingly delightful Mediterranean resturant. We showed up with no reservations. But we were greeted by a very friendly host and quickly seated. Our waiter was attentive but not obtrusive. Although the wine list is not extensive, there was a nice selection. The manager/owner was very willing to help us make our selections. My date chose a simple Merlot that he described as velvty and delicous (one of the best glasses that he has had in a long time). For me, the manager chose a Chardonnay that was perfect for my tastes. The menu is extensive -- covering seafood, chicken, beef, lamb, and other poultry. There is something for everyone. We decided on a quail dish and lamb shishkabob.
Before our meal arrived, the waiter provided us with complimentary warm flat bread similar to indian naan. It was accompianed by a dish filled with fresh walnuts, feta cheese, cilantro, radishes, and butter. It was an excellent start to dinner. Our entrees arrived very shortly after, and each was accompanied by a plateful of wonderfully delicous basmati rice and roasted onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. The lamb was cooked to a perfect medium rare -- tender and incredibly flavorful. The quail was superb and perhaps one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. All in all, one of the best resurants I have eaten at in Birmingham.

June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Hsia

I have no specific time to talk about, however, I've been going to Ali Baba's for as long as I can remember. I grew up eating Persian food, as my father is Iranian, and I can say that their Ghorrmeh Sabzi is wonderful. It's my personal favorite. Their Chelo Kabob Kubideh is amazing. My sister gets it everytime. I also recommend dookh, which is a salty, spicy, yogurt-based drink. It's very different. Their staff has always been wonderful and I can't think of a place that has given me such a consistantly wonderful experience as Ali Baba's has.

August 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah Rastegar

I have been going to Ali Baba's for 24 years. Do not ask how old I am! The previous owner (Alex) was an amazing host and terrific cook. I'm not sure if the new management/owner is quite as good as it's difficult to compare, but I am certain this restaurant is still amazingly fantastic. You should go if for no other reason than to support delicious ethnic cuisine that allows us to have such a terrific diversity on this side of the mountain. The bread alone is worth the price of the meal.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Last night I went to dine at AB only to discover that the ownership had changed, again. Not the same (second) owner as noted above, but now the third in several years. The avocado salad was not quite as fresh as on previous occasions, but this may simply have been a fluke and unrelated to management change. I did notice the bread portions were smaller, but still very good. The rest of the meal was also good. Hopefully this will continue to be a good experience as it would be a shame if we lost this dining option.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

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