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 Orion G.
This place is next to my doctors office, so my sweetie and I decided to give them a shot.I am a confirmed meat-a-terian, so I'm picky about my veggies. Despite that, I had the veggie plate. When I got it, the tabouli looked way greener than I had anticipated, and I was afraid I was going to be chewing a parsley salad... au contraire! The tabouli was delish, the parsley was mild and in the background. The hummus was nice, though I like mine with some hot sauce which was not evident here. The falafel was just crisp enough on the outside while remaining moist and flavorful on the inside. The small house salad was also nice.I am not going to rave about the food. It was very nice and filling. What I WILL rave about is the price. Two of us ate lunch with drinks for just over $10 and both of us were full... and I'm a big boy! Even better, the market had lots of items to fill your cupboard with prices that looked fairly reasonable.Give them a shot... I think you'll like them.
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 David D.
They make a nice tzatziki. It's all wonderfully inexpensive and moderately good. The humus is especially tasty and the puffy rice with almonds is yummy. The pita was tough, which could easily be remedied by warming it on the grilll, covered with a few drops of water. I got a shawarma plate. The seasoning was good and the halal beef was of good quality, though it was a tad overcooked, but what do you expect for six bucks? I enjoyed poking around the little grocery, which also had low prices. All told, the food is pretty satisfying and it's a great deal.
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 Katie A.
I really think that if the rice at Sarah's were a man, I'd totally marry it. Seriously, I'm in love with the rice at this place...and I think it may love me back.But the other dishes are wonderful too. I've been a couple times and haven't been disappointed. So far, I've been most pleased beef gyro plate. It comes with salad and pickled turnips, the gyro meat, pita bread and tzatziki. Dolmas and tabouli are great too. I agree with Nicole L., the falafal wasn't as good as Tino's, but still tasty. When you're finished eating, be sure to check out the market. They have some cool stuff in there.
by Kelly S.
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.
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
by Jim T.
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 Winnie L.
Loveeeee love Sarah's!! I've been going here for years and I love the food and the grocery store. My boyfriend and I go multiple times a month and my roommate who was born in Jordan says the food is authentic and reminds him of his mom's home cooking.I usually order the chicken but the kefta is really good too. My favorites are the rice, hummus, and salad! I love pickled food and they have some pickled veggies sometimes with the salad.Also, if you like to smoke hookah they have great shisha, you can't go wrong with romman shisha and 3 kings coals. They are very friendly!This is a must eat!!