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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Middle Eastern

Re: “Shish Kebab House of Tucson

Bad service and woefully over priced!

Finally got around to trying this place. Picked up the Lamb Shwarma with Rice for $13 and the Baklava for $3....

Firstly, they were 20 MINUTES LATE WITH MY ORDER so, needless to say that, by the time the bag finally actually showed up, I didn't really bother to check the contents, just blindly trusted that there was enough actual food in the containers to feed a person.

When I got home however, I opened it up to discover- I kid you not (I seriously had to get out my measuring cups to check) 1/4 cup of both a salad and some of the MOST TASTELESS AND DRIEST "Saffron" rice imaginable, and, in comparison to that skimpy portioning a "generous" 1/3 of a cup of tiny dribbles of meat with- and I had to count this part too, 4 of the tiniest "slices" of onion I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE outside of a McDonald's burger!!!!

Seriously, I had to get a spoon because the meat dribbles weren't even big enough to scoop up with a fork- much less spear! And, of course, it was pretty much fat and grizzle (how in the seven hells they managed to make actual FAT dry too- I honestly don't even want to know- I mean, I'm the first to admit that a chef's only as good as the quality of their ingredients- and that was obviously the majority of the problem but COME ON!!!!!)

Now, I'll grant, the baklava was good.... all three bites of it....

But, needless to say that given that I was starving at the time, I still managed to choke it down and, obviously, even after polishing everything off, I had to get up and make an ACTUAL dinner for myself.

Sooooo not going back because, I can only surmise that, they've somehow spied out the critics and gave them VIP treatment of some kind here- because these portions at these prices with this piss-poor service and bad quality of ingredients SERIOUSLY SUCKS!

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Raised by Hobbits on 02/27/2011 at 10:33 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

The food here is totally bland and NOTHING ordered between myself and the 3 other people I went with was remotely fresh. According to my friend, they got a new owner a couple years ago and that's when the food started to suck.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jjessika on 11/23/2010 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Zayna Mediterranean Cafe

Horrible experience. Rude waitress. Food was great but I won't be treated that way again. Never going back

Posted by rachelvega2014 on 06/04/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

If you go this restaurant, you deserve whatever you may get. The food is good; depends on who's cooking. If you appreciate your waitress/waiter, DO NOT tip with your card. Use cash. The owner keeps all the credit card tips for himself, which I don't believe is legal. If you ask him about it, he will politely tell you that only he and the manager are "servers"; even though, many people actually "serve" food at this restaurant...I would also ask how it is that a City Of Tucson Employee could have passed this restaurant after inspection. Eating out is all the same, mostly. Restaurants are filthy....but....they're not all bad. The food can be very pleasing but, there needs to be less attention paid by the owner to female employees and female customers and more towards running a proper business; i.e.-not stealing tips from your employees. Oh...And, it's probably not alright to be drinking on the job.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wilton on 04/29/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Zayna Mediterranean Cafe

I can not think of a better Med place except an Egyptian joint in Santa Fe. Very generous portions (as it should always be in the mid-east) lovely flavor profiles and yes, the BEST falaffel in town, crunchy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. AMAZING house-made potatoes. My only complaint would be that the desert cart is almost bare.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by CambridgeRon on 02/09/2013 at 6:17 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

I would like to love this place but when I was there the food was incredibly bland. I left thinking that I had just had the worst middle eastern food in my entire life. I much prefer the place on university boulevard.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by no on 01/11/2011 at 8:17 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Worst Middle Eastern food in town.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by agmtb on 12/15/2010 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Falafel King

I also enjoyed the food, the tahini was great. Considering there were only a few customers, there was no reason why the indoor tables were not clean.

Posted by alex2010 on 10/31/2010 at 5:52 PM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Straight up. The place has horrible food. Even the gyro meat is crappy. In all fairness Fronimo's either. My Big Fat Greek Restaurant on River was pretty good but I believe that one shut down several months ago. Not a lot of good eateries in Tucson.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by CaliMan on 06/06/2010 at 11:07 AM

Re: “AliBaba Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Food was very disappointing. Taste is subjective, but my buddy and I both disliked our meals at AliBaba so that should give it away. Nothing, and I mean nothing was worth coming back for. My phe pita bead was on the stale side, the yellow rice that came with the meal wasn't at all tasty, the green beans which were served in a not-so-wonderful-tasting tomato sauce clearly out of a can. And the giro meat? Dry and salty. Neither of us will be back.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jamesbcat on 05/21/2010 at 9:36 PM

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