The website for Saleem's West proudly proclaims that "Garlic is king!" and it's a sentiment that the Restaurant Review Round-Up can't but help agree.
The Mediterranean restaurant was original located on S. Grand Avenue in St. Louis and is famous for being a trailblazer in the city's ethnic cuisine scene. The Lebanese specialties include lamb, shawarma, kibbe and tabouli and the menu offers options for vegetarians as well as kabob lovers.
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From Yelp (4.0 avg./13 reviews)
Patt C. gave it 2/5 stars and said: "The food was OK, but [our meal] (including two glasses of wine) cost $70. Kinda steep. Minus a star for the price-point!"
Andy T. gave it 5/5 stars and said: "I consider myself a sharwarma connoisseur, since I have had it all over the world. Saleem's has one of the best chicken shawarma wraps I have had in US. The Tahini, and humus are rich in flavors, along with the sour pickles and pickled turnips make this wrap a winner."
Chip K. gave it 4/5 stars and said: "For dinner, I ordered the kibbeh/tabbouleh combo; that's a baked ground beef dish (kibbeh) served with a parsley-based salad (tabbouleh) and rice. The kibbeh was a little burnt around the edges, but for the most part it was very tasty and satisfying. The tabbouleh was a little odd at first -- imagine a mouthful of parsley with pieces of onion and tomato covered in a tangy dressing -- but it really grew on me after a few bites."
From Urban Spoon:
Kay Johnston liked it and said: "I have been going [to] Saleems since he opened on Grand Ave. I can't go more than a month without my Kebobs and Hummus. Try the Garlic Potato dip, it is the best ever."
Les Taylor didn't like it and said: "Rridiculously overpriced for what you get. I have never been to a lebanese restaurant that does not give complimentary hummus and/or bread. It is like going to a mexican restaurant and having to pay for chips and salsa."