Ramy's Mediterranean Cuisine and New York Style Pizzeria opened a month or so ago in Apple Valley (right next to the Culver's, where "Two Guys From Italy" used to be). My family and I have been in there twice, and were very happy about the food both times. My son, the pasta lover, had baked ziti and fettuccini with garlic and olive oil (_very_ garlicky), I tried a calzone and a gyro, my daughter had a chicken cordon bleu wrap, and my wife had the chicken kabob pita sandwich, and, the second time, had a freshly-made tabouli salad, which was just incredible. It was a lot less bulgur and a lot more mint/parsley/tomatoes/cucumbers that most I've seen. It was so fresh-tasting - it actually went perfectly with the extra-garlicky fettuccini my son had - really cleared out the garlic taste afterwards.
It appears to be a family-run joint, and, as far as I can tell, everything is made fresh to order - at least all of our food was - sauces, salads, doughs. The owners are really friendly - even remembered us the second time we were in there - which brings me to the problem. The reason they probably remembered us is that there were so few people coming in there. The location has already had one or two other restaurants in it, and the immediate area has seen 5 or 6 quirky (and tasty) little restaurants/food places go out of business. I'd like to see this one stay. Apple Valley need something to choose from that's not from a chain. If Satay 2 Go can make it in their location, then Ramy's can, too. I've been thinking about setting up at the entrance to Culver's next door and trying to physically push people toward Ramy's. If they got 5% of the Culver's people to come in, they'd be full all the time...
So, the details:
15265 Galaxie Ave (Galaxie just south of 42)
Apple Valley, MN
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