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I can't believe there's an Iraqi restaurant in Memphis

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I can't believe there's an Iraqi restaurant in Memphis

Catherine C in NYC | Jun 7, 2010 04:33 PM

But there is. It is called Babylon and it is on the corner of Mendenhall and Summer. We saw it this weekend and we were intrigued, so a bunch of us went in and ordered the meal for 5, which included hummus, tabbouleh, 2 types of minced meat kebabs (chicken and meat), chicken kebabs, chicken cutlets and shawarma, plus hot fresh iraqi bread. While tasty, the cubed chicken kebabs were a bit dry, in my opinion, but everything else was really delicious. The minced meat kebabs were really moist and flavorful and the chicken cutlets (which I believe were called something like cream cutlets) were really really good--crisp and flavorful. There were several other intriguing-looking things on the menu, including lamb shank (plus lamb hearts and liver for the organ-meat-lovers out there). The waiter said they have been open about three weeks. The ambience was lacking and it was a bit slow (which I ascribe to the really large amount of food they were piling onto platters for the meal for 5), but they couldn't have been nicer or more hospitable. And I bet 8 people could have eaten that meal for 5.

As you can see from my nom de Chowhound, I live in NYC, and I was just in town visiting family. Please, Memphis Chowhounds, go to this restaurant so it will still be in business when I'm back for Christmas, because I'd really like to try that lamb shank....

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