Monday, August 1, 2016
Morgantown Edition: Salam
Another Middle Eastern restaurant opened on High Street: Salam. It is in the longtime Mediterranean Market space (turned Dos Bros turned Zaytun turned now Salam). It joins a few other Middle Eastern restaurants on High Street: Beity and Jasmine Grill.
I'm not well versed enough in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine to tell you the differences or who does what better. If you know, help a sister out.
For a while, it was only open at night because of Ramadan. I actually think that's super cool. But now that it's opened back up for lunch, I went with Tony and Mike.
They spent some time to make this space quite lovely. It's a large space, so I can imagine it's pricy to outfit it. There's even a bar that offers three types of beverages: flavored water, a lemonade and an orange drink.
The menu features hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh, fattoush, kabobs, shish tawook, gyro, shawarma, a burger and chicken tenders. I went for the Chicken Shawarma sandwich: slow roasted, marinated chicken wrapped in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion, parsley, pickles and choice of sauce. I asked what the Salam Special Sauce is, but they didn't have any, so I went with garlic.
This was pretty good! I have really developed a love for shawarma. It's so simple, but that garlic sauce is heavenly. And all the ingredients are fresh, so it's just like a perfect, light, mostly healthy lunch that is satisfying.
Tony also ordered some hummus, which was fine. The pita was thin and hard to dip. I also wish it were warm. The hummus was good, but I would go for about 15,000x more garlic. That's just me. Pretty solid addition.