Raleigh >Solomon's Restaurant
Skip it. Not the best experience just no real wow factor food was bland though large. I would skip this place if you are looking for authentic flavorful food.
Wonderful!!!. My husband and I absolutely love this little place! It's the perfect lunch spot! The food is fantastic, the service is fast and friendly and it's never disappointing! The atmosphere is pretty typical for a lunch diner style... it's not quiet but friendly! Wonderful place!
Great service & atmosphere, but lousy, unauthentic food.
I drive by the restaurant plaza frequently, and decided one day, with my family in the car, to stop for a nice dinner. The ambiance is inviting, and everyone--from greeter to hostess, waitress to owner--were very friendly and accommodating. Service was also excellent.
The food is another matter. We lived in Atlanta in the 90's and came to love the tasty and authentic mediterranean restaurants; smoky and creamy babaganoush, lemony hummus with olive oil and paprika, kefta with lamb and cilantro-cumin overtones, light falafel with nutty-lemon tahini sauce, simple salads that you order just to taste the vinegar/lemon/oregano dressing, and tangy tzatziki sauce that you end up dipping everything into.
We ordered a good variety of nearly everything at Solomons, and every plate was bland, Americanized, and low quality. The kefta might as well be a bubba burger with spices. The fattoush salad mirrored a side-salad at Applebees. Where was the fresh mint, feta and whole olives? Hummus and babaganoush were room temp, bland, simply awful. Falafel lumps were quarter-size (3 for an appetizer), hard on the outside and dry inside. The lousy tahini was dumped on top. Worst of all were the stuffes grape leaves (dolmas?). Filled with heavy rice and tomoato(!), they were dead looking and tasted worse.
I've had far better mediterranean staples at the deli in the building where I work---Truffles, owned by a Lebanese(?) family. They have homemade hummous, pita, and dolmas (grape leaves) that are stored in a cooler in big tupperware bins and served fast and cheap. So it shouldn't be too difficult for a large Mediterranean restaurant to match a small office deli on quality and taste. Solomon's disappointed this gringo.
GREAT Food, GREAT People. Solomon's is the kind of place you just keep coming back to. The food is excellent, the owner/chef and his wife treat you like family, and you don't have to wait 30 minutes for the "buzzer" to go off to get a table. Some of the menu items are middle eastern. Although I see many people ordering those selections and "licking the plate", I tend to go for the Italian and American fare. The Chicken Florentine is a winner as is the Grilled Salmon (my favorite). My wife is addicted to the Crabcakes ( just enough "cake" to keep crab together), my sons are divided between the Chicken Salad Pita Wrap and the best Hamburger in Raleigh! The salads are also very good. I like the House Salad with Grilled Chicken and Homemade Poppyseed Dressing. If you want to invent your own entree, just ask. Chef Khoury will whip up anything you want if he has the ingredients. He is obviously a man who enjoys what he does. Solomon's is a casual, friendly, family kind of place that will please anyone's palate. I love the mild lentil rice pilaf, the creamy mashed potatoes, and the fresh vegetables that accompany most entrees. The vegetables are always fresh and crisp tender using whatever is freshest and in season. Solomon's is the place to go when you have a group with varied tastes. Not only can they accomodate parties 6-12 with ease, there is something delicious on the menu to please even the pickiest eater.
Baba ghanoush meets Maryland-style crab cakes at this eclectic neighborhood restaurant..
Located in a strip mall just off busy Capital Boulevard, Solomon's offers a relaxing atmosphere with a heavy Middle Eastern flavor. Those less enamored with chickpeas and grape leaves will still find plenty to choose from, including Italian classics like chicken alfredo and shrimp scampi--even the odd choice of jambalaya and crab cakes. Finish up with Turkish coffee and baklava or a refreshing gelato for those scorching summer nights.
My boyfriend and I recently experienced Solomon's for the first time. It was way better than we expected.
The service was great. The food is fantastic. The chef made his way around the dining room to see how everyone was enjoying their meals. After speaking with him briefly it is obvious is a perfectionist and it shows in his cuisine.
The mango gelato is worth trying.
Wow'd by Solomon's. I've been to Solomon's a few times for lunch, but happened to be on Capital Blvd during the evening last week. My boyfriend and I stopped at Solomon's to check out the dinner menu and we were blown over by the whole experience. Even though we came in only 15 minutes before they closed (we were unaware they closed at 9), the staff warmly welcomed us and served us an amazing dinner. This place is definitely a gem.
best kept secret.
The food is exceptional and mostly made fresh to order. The atmosphere is nice and quiet. The owner and his wife are exceptionally nice folk. If you want to go somewere where people are friendly and you get "chef" quality food then this is the place to go......
They have started lunch specials as well.....
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