Yesterday evening, I was still recovering from a Sunday hangover so I decided to go to Afrah Pastries and hopefully take the cure. I had been in the mood for some Middle Eastern food for awhile and the only place I really like is Cafe Izmir but it's a little pricey and the service can be a little surly if you are not a regular.
Afrah Pastries is in an old Braum's location on Belt Line Rd in Richardson across from the Richardson Cop Shop. There were a few people eating outside but I went inside and sat down in the dining area. The place was clean and smelled great from all those exotic spices used in this type of cooking. The menu pretty much looked like what you'd expect in these kind of places with the obligatory baba ghanouj, taboouleh, hummus, falafal, schwarmas, and kebabs. I ordered the taboouleh and the lamb kebab with baba ghanouj, hummus, garlic sauce, and the usual salad that you get with these kinds of plates. It's the thing with the pickles and purple colored sticks.
The taboouleh was just okay and had way too much parsley in it for my taste. Next came the freshly baked pita which was the best I've ever had and the kebab plate. The kebab plate hit the spot. The lamb was cooked just right and the sides were all very tasty and plentiful. It hit the spot. Honestly, I could go back to this place and just eat the pita and a Mezze plate.
The service was spotty but not much different than you get in most of our ethnic Asian restos. And I knew my evening was complete when there was the a small spat between two servers in front of some customers. Ah, you never get the opportunity to see that in any chain formula restos.
314 E Main St
Richardson, TX 75081
Don't bother going to their web site, it's totally useless. Here's the DMN blurb that got me to try this place.
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