Sarah's Mediterranean Grill Market
Hour: Mon-Sat.9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sun.11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Price Range: $
Parking: Private Lot
Credit Card: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
by Randa J.
WOW! I just moved here from Michigan, which has the largest population of Arabs outside of the Middle East. Which means I'm a SNOB when it comes to Arabic food. And this place is divine. They carry a garlic sauce in their case you MUST buy and slather on your sandwiches at home. So delicious. Their hummus and baba ghanoush is incredible, as is their herb-labneh. And their groceries are well-priced. AND...they're super friendly. I love Sarah's.
by n n.
this place makes one of the best falafel wraps ever! yum! the guy at the counter was nice and the wrap was ready pretty quickly.i also got some whole wheat flatbread and my favorite kind of tahini from their small grocery section.i didn't notice a ton of vegetarian options but there are two vegetarian plates and the wrap (which is what i will get next time anyways) good prices too!
by Sarah M.
Well, this place gets an automatic star for having a cool name like Sarah. Add to that their freshly made pita wraps and hummus/rice/salad plates and you've got yourself a four-star Mediterranean eatery.Sarah's opened in the Fall of 2006 and has yet to make a strong impact on the North Austin neighborhood. Not to worry. The part-grocery, part-restaurant is small, but mighty. Tons of Mediterranean-inspired and imported foods for purchase at reasonable prices. Canned goods, pasta, hummus, pita bread (frozen fresh), falafel, rice, beef chicken shawerma, grape leaves and of course, baklava.In the little cafe, they grill why you wait. I was very happy with my Chicken Shawerma pita wrap ($4.75). The cucumbers were crisp and the sauce was tangy and fresh. The one thing that caught my eye while visiting Sarah's was the expired Diet Coke I bought. I didn't mind, and it tasted fine, but I'd encourage everyone to check this place out. It's so sad to see a good business forced to choose between wasting stock and keeping expired food on the shelves. For a mini-grocery trip or a filling lunch, Sarah's the one. *FYI...the hours listed above are market hours. The grill is open from 11:30am-8pm M-Sat; 11am-5pm on Sun.*Scrumptious.
by Kristina K.
I'm on a forever search for the "best falafel in town". Since I no longer live down south and can't easily go to Lux cafe anymore (see previous review), I've found that Sarah's in a close running for first place right now. Not only is it a Mediterranean grill (offering a variety of Mediterranean deliciousness), it's also a Mediterranean market as well. Selling everything from pita's, to curry, to tea, to pastry's - I come here atleast once a week stalking up on all the various ethnic goodness they offer. Try the Jordan almonds. Seriously. My mouth died and went to heaven.The staff is incredibly friendly and although the aisles are narrow, the customers are just as nice, respecting others and moving out of the way to let me pass when needed. The only negative I have to mention, is service of the food can be quite slow on occasion, especially if there are a lot of other customer's dining already. But, you can always call ahead for to-go orders, or grab a chronicle for some News of the Weird and Shots in the Dark while you wait. Can't go wrong!
by Randy B.Kelly S.Catrina H.Stephanie T.Jim T.
this place is awesome. went here with CHRISTINA N. and my parents! we tried every single kebab they have, and they gave us a sweet deal on them. we also got a whole rotisserie chicken. flavor was amazing. i think they're under new management now. the owners are amazing and so friendly. my girlfriend and i were their 100th customer of the day, and they gave us free dessert. haha. if you the chance to go, go! you won't regret it. the grocery store has a plethora of asian ingredients. they have tons of self-ground spices.Only went there to pick up hummus and left with pitas, a spinach pie, some tahini and I had to stop there because i wanted to buy everything. Hummus = AMAZING. Stop in to this place and just try to resist. Everything looked amazing -- great market and FAST food. Plus their pitas lasted forever unlike HEBs. I can't wait to go back and put some of that schwarma in my face.This is one of my favorite places to eat in Austin. Everything about this place is fantastic!The service is top notch. The owners are SO polite and kind. Their children (who are there helping out quite often) will grow up to be great people one day; they are so sweet. You don't see a lot of kids with good manners these days! Seeing this family always puts a smile on my face. :)The food is incredible. Their beef shawerma is the best I have ever had, hands down. Their rice is unbelievable!! It is SO good! Their humus is delicious, I crave it sometimes and I am not generally a fan of humus at all! I have tried just about everything on the menu and I love it all. I love love love this place. The prices are also great!My husband was watching a tv show where they were eating Lebanese food and of course it got him craving for some. So I went on here to look for Lebanese food close by and found high reviews for Sarah's Mediterranean Grill Market. We decided to give it a try and all I can say is it was DELICIOUS!!! We were HAPPILY greeted by this little woman, who I assume is the owner. She was very welcoming and quickly offered us Baklava as a treat. She proceeded by recommending her favorite dishes. My husband ordered the Special Kabob while I had the Chicken Shawerma. Both plates were plentiful and full of flavor! And the hummus was amazing!!! My husband has never been a fan of hummus, but he ate all of his and then some of mine! It definitely hit the spot and we will be back! Good eats for cheap! Friendly service! What's not to love? Oh, and it's a market as well so you'll be able to find a mix of mediterranean foods!Though it is a bit out of the way for me, I always try to stop by when I'm in the area.The lamb shank is awesome, every time. Friendly service, very affordable, and very consistent.They have a lot of prepared items like kabobs, marinated meats, feta rolls and more... that come in handy to take home to make an easy meal.Also a full Arabic grocery with spices, ingredients, olives, breads, teas, candy, chocolate... Great place to grab lunch.
by URWhatUEa T.
I can't say I'm super-fond of it. The gyro was dry and there was little to no meat in it. Chicken kabob plate was ok, but it takes a long while to get your food and even when we ordered 'for here', we still got our food in styrofoam boxes. One thing I absolutely love about this place though is their RICE. That rice is magical. I could eat a vat of it probably.Will update this after I try their falafel. It's going to be hard though to beat Pars' falafel in my book. We shall see!Oh yeah, even if you don't want to eat at the deli, there's still the whole grocery store with all the fun products-of-the-world.Still much better than Phoenicia!
by A V.
Ate here for the first time today. It was absolutely fabulous! I didn't believe good hummus existed in Austin until today. I ordered the vegetarian falafel plate and a spinach pie, my friend got the vegetarian dolma plate and zatter. Everything was incredible, the baba ghanoush and hummus were especially amazing. On top of that the prices on everything were dirt cheap, the plates were both around $5 and more then filling. Afterward we checked out the grocery store which had a great selection of imported food, as well as a nice selection of hookahs and shishah. We bought a few things and some baklava for dessert, which was really great.Everyone who worked there was very friendly, it seemed like a family owned place. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for some great, cheap middle eastern food in Austin :)
by Michelle C.
I've only been once (so far!), but it was definitely a good experience.There weren't many people here when Liz C. and I arrived for lunch. We were able to order right away - chicken schwerma plate for me, veggie plate (with falafel and tabouleh) for Liz. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have gyros made of lamb meat - only chicken and beef. They do have lamb kabobs, but I didn't try them.The guy behind the counter was really nice, which resulted in my feeling confused by the lack of tip jar or tip line on my credit card receipt. These days, it seems like everyone you come in contact with expects a tip, and as much as I want to support the service industry, it was surprisingly refreshing to get good service without that expectation.Our food arrived quite promptly - I'd say within 5-10 minutes. My chicken schwerma was good, although the rice was a little over-spiced for my taste. Liz's falafel, which she generously shared with me, was terrific - nicely crunchy and the flavor was great. I also tasted her tabouleh, which I thought was really good. I had lunch envy.Both of us had tons of food (Liz even took some home, despite the fact that I kept sniping bites off her plate), and our meals were only around $6 apiece.Sarah's is also a market and carries all kinds of yummy-looking stuff (OK, and some not-so-yummy-looking stuff - you decide which is which), including big jars of Nutella, an olive bar, several kinds of potted meat, HUGE cans of dolmas, a variety of Turkish delight, Kinder chocolates (no eggs, though), and many other things that I can't possibly list.There was ONE thing that might have completely freaked some people out that I feel I should disclose, even though it won't dissuade me from going back. We did see a large, dead water bug/roach in the corner of the dining area. Yes, it was gross, but my feeling is - this is Texas, and that happens. At least it wasn't a live one.Excellent prices, good food, and friendly service - all walking distance from my house. It's a no-brainer - I'll be back!
by Catrina H.
This is one of my favorite places to eat in Austin. Everything about this place is fantastic!The service is top notch. The owners are SO polite and kind. Their children (who are there helping out quite often) will grow up to be great people one day; they are so sweet. You don't see a lot of kids with good manners these days! Seeing this family always puts a smile on my face. :)The food is incredible. Their beef shawerma is the best I have ever had, hands down. Their rice is unbelievable!! It is SO good! Their humus is delicious, I crave it sometimes and I am not generally a fan of humus at all! I have tried just about everything on the menu and I love it all. I love love love this place. The prices are also great!
by Michael S.
Greek Week Part IV: The "Score! Almost..." EditionFirst off, this place smells freaking incredible. It definitely got me in the mood for eating their meat. Errr... yeah. *cough*As to the actual food, it was overall pretty good with one big reservation. I got a beef gyro, salad and rice. The rice, as was previously mentioned elsewhere, is really damned good. So is the tzaziki sauce. The meat was... tasty but the portion was a bit small. The salad was definite weak sauce, though. It was only a half-step above the Austin Greek Deli horror show from yesterday. I'm definitely substituting tabbouleh for that next time around, as the tabbouleh looked mouth-wateringly good.They get 4 stars because of the incredible rice, very good tzaziki, a good choice of hot tea (bagged only though. Dang.) and bonus points for having lots of Halal options. I'm definitely thinking the shawerma plate will be in the offing next time around