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Babadari

Ann Arbor, MI

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4 December 2019

This place is IT for a quick lunch. I mean it is sleek inside, the service is fast, and it's very affordable! I walked in and I was greeted right away, I ordered a Falafel pita wrap. It wasn't " Blow Me Away with Rich quality ingredients," but it was blow me away with how cheap and how tasty it was. It's a build-your-own scenario with unlimited toppings. They are the classics for a pita. I LOVED their baklava, I literally had 3 pieces by myself. I'm disappointed that it took so long for me to discover this restaurant. I'll be back for sure. More...

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26 October 2019

Baba Dari is a solid fast casual middle Eastern place. Since they rebranded from Ali Baba, they've revamped the look of the restaurant. Everything is pretty sleek and modern now, the space is just clean and pretty minimalistic.The food is overall good, I most recently went on a football Saturday, so things were pretty hectic, but my order still came out pretty tasty. The gyro wrap in particular was very good, whereas I think the tabouleh chicken shwarma wrap was a bit too heavy on the parsley. Everything on the menu is generally pretty cheap, all pretty much standard middle eastern fare-- no surprises here. Overall a good quick bite in a great location on campus. More...

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14 May 2019

I live pretty close to Baba Dari so I come here every so often for a bite to eat. The food is flavorful and there's a wide variety on the menu. I personally like to get a bowl with a thick pita and fill it up with rice, chicken, tabbouli, and other toppings. Delicious! Service can be a little slow here. More...

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16 December 2018

Baba Dari has proper, shaved-off-a-spit shawarma, which is unfortunately a rarity in Downtown A2 these days. (With apologies to all the fans of a certain other long-standing institution: slicing up some grilled chicken breast DOES NOT COUNT. )They're also quick, reasonably priced by A2 standards, and will deliver. Need I say more? More...

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29 November 2018

For a quick, but filling lunch, it's hard to go wrong with Baba Dari. For the price point, their bowls and wraps are quite generous, and the meat is always juicy and fresh. I typically order the mixed shawarma bowl (beef and chicken) with all the fixings. Their hummus is creamy, but flavorful, and their rice is perfectly cooked (firm, but not dry). The pickles, onions, and other vegetables tasted fresh, and well complemented the savory meats. On top of of all this, the service is friendly and oftentimes quick. Is is the *best* Middle Eastern food in the world? No. But given the convenience and low prices, it does the job well. More...

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15 November 2018

Super... simple, fast and economical,,, friendly helpful staff. Dedicated parking (may be 6 spots). But lot of street parking near by Went here for weekend lunch. They were busy with lot of to go orders, took a minute to take my order. Lot of vegetarian option, average 7-8 bucks per head not a bad deal. Decent quantity. We liked everything that we got.. We got the Falafel wrap- very good, crunchy falafel, longer than usual . Hummus bowl, plenty full. Amazing free topping option with pita. We also got side of hummus, I thought it was way too little for 4 bucks. See picture. The vegetarian grape leaf was good too. The only off was - pita was little old. They have self serve pop machine and the place was clean. More...

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27 October 2018

Having allegiance to another mediterranean restaurant in town, this was the first time I ventured out and tried Baba Dari instead. I am so happy that I did! All around, the value and meal are unlike most other places in town.I ordered the salad bowl with chicken on top. Great selection of fresh toppings - everything from pita chips to rice. No charge for the toppings, just add as many as you would like and it's included in the $6 base price (without meat). Very similar concept to something like Subway, but way healthier and catered to mediterranean food. The main base items are the salad bowl, hummus bowl, pita wrap, thick pita and rice bowl. Salad bowl was definitely the one that stood out to me, and it was a ton of food! Will definitely return here in the future. Close to campus, and on the way to the stadium. They do have some parking and there's metered parking off to the side.  I did order through grubhub and it was a good experience. Took only 30 minutes from order to delivery. Driver was nice, and food was still warm! Great food, great concept, great price! More...

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12 October 2018

This one is definitely Lebanese-American Girl Approved! Baba Dar is the updated version of the more typical style middle east food restaurant, Ali Baba, which stood here for over 25 years, since I lived nearby. I liked it then but I liked fried and carbs more then, too!Baba offers a variety of vegetables and meats and sides to make a big bowl of tasty food so healthy and delicious, why, you will be saddling up a camel the next day (maybe. Or at least go pet one in Manchester at the camel farm). Wow! My sis and I have talked a lot over the years of simplified Lebanese food as a business, kind of like a fast food style place. She ended up running a food truck with Americanized versions of middle east food. Me? Sure, I can cook most things. But why? When I live here? I can get my heritage food in so many good places (and some bad) and Baba ranks at the top for their grilled chicken chunks, with that musty, yummy, smoky saffron flavor. And portions were perfect. Their garlic sauce was really strong like I like it. The mixed bowl was also good as were their soft, tender, not too salty stuffed grape leaves. I am not always a fan of the redux, but this one is right on! More...

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9 October 2018

We ordered take out from here for an office lunch. There was about 9 of us and we ordered about an hour ahead of time. We were very pleased when we got our food. Everyone's order was correct and everyone really enjoyed their food! I had the gyro bowl which was delicious! Lots of meat and rice at a very reasonable price! Would definitely come back to try more items on the menu! More...

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5 October 2018

Tried this place for the first time today and absolutely loved it!  I've been following a low carb diet for quite a while, so I got a build your own bowl with salad base, topped with chicken shwarma, feta, pickles, tomato, cabbage, banana peppers and got garlic sauce and baba dressing (fattoush) on the side. Total $8 for a huge bowl. Great value. Food was fresh and tasted great. My son got a pita wrap with gyro meat, feta, garlic spread and pita chips. They grill the entire sandwich so its nice and toasted. I highly recommend this place and will back very soon! More...

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18 June 2018

I've stopped in to Baba Dari a few times and have always been pleased with my meal.  I'm a giant fan of pita sandwiches and they make a great one.  I've had the chicken and the beef pitas with extra garlic sauce and I've had the tabbouli, both very tasty and highly recommended.  The falafel is also very good if you want to avoid meats. The menu is unique and has many options I still need to try.  Pretty sure they do rice bowl type meals also and they sound delicious.  I've had their baklava and I'd say it's better than your average baklava.  Competitive prices and healthy good food make it an obvious stop for wandering Ann Arbor foodie. More...

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6 May 2018

I like the beef kabob and gyro, rich flavoured, especially with baba rice! The only problem is the fluctuations of quality.

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25 March 2018

Checked this place out because of a recommendation. I'm actually Syrian so I know what good middle eastern food is supposed to taste like. I was not disappointed by the grape leaves and falafel wrap with hummus and taboli. Amazing food and nice staff. Will be eating here more often as if it makes me feel like home. Also amazing French fries! More...

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22 March 2018

I ordered from Baba Dari with Yelp delivery yesterday and I was so pleasantly surprised with the service! After I placed my order online, the food was delivered to me in ten minutes which is faster than I have ever received food delivery before. It was my first time ordering from here, and I got the chicken shawarma bowl and it was delicious. The portions were a perfect size and I was able to save some for leftovers today. I'll definitely be going back to try other things on the menu soon More...

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26 January 2018

Nice place and healhty food. It's too delicious, especially chicken shawrma with homos plate, also I liked it's Falafel.

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13 December 2017

Love this place! Awesome food and great customer service. I ordered carry out from them around closing time and once I returned home, I  discovered I had received the wrong order. I called the next day and received my order on the house! More...

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3 December 2017

The Mujaddara Rice Bowl is my absolute favorite. Cool tzatziki mixed along with the lentils and rice with carmelized onion is just the perfect bite every time. Friendly and quick as well! Yum.

Reviewed on Facebook

13 November 2017

I have been here once and the food was great. I would go back just for the food. The service was a little slow and unfriendly, but the prices and taste of the food would bring me back.

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1 November 2017

ingredients are fresh!! they revamped interior and its super modern lookinglove the carrot juice

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30 October 2017

So good! I love that their falafels comewith baba (which i prefer over tahini). It definitely hits the spot!

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15 October 2017

Shivkumar for employee of the month!! The man is the best thing that has ever happened to the shawarma industry. I would suggest promoting him or else I may have to hire him as a manager for my company! Amazing service and the best damn smoothie maker in town. 5 stars hands down! Would give 6 stars if I could. More...

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4 October 2017

So so so so so good!! I basically got the Mediterranean Chicken Shawarma in a salad bowl and it was incredible!!

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5 September 2017

Love that you can build a meal, and have rice and/or mujadara as a topping, fulfilling my love of carbs without going into a starch induced coma. Beef shawarma was flavorful, and the tzatziki and hummus deliciously with the garlic not overpowering the sauce. The only disappointment was that the lentil soup was thin and watery, without few actual visible lentils. But the staff were friendly, responsive, and the decor is bright and open - a nice update from Ali Baba where I felt stuck in the early 90s. More...

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27 August 2017

Wonderful new-looking Mediterranean meals. Create a bowl, either rice or humus or you can have a straight pita.  Then pick your protein, your sauces and then toppings. I had the chicken schwarma  rice bowl with bell peppers and baba ganoush sauce. FANTASTIC ! I will definitely be back and you should go there. More...

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27 August 2017

They were very nice and accommodating. I loved their shawarma.

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23 July 2017

I had the hummus bowl with beef shawarma. The hummus was smooth and garlicky. The shawarma was rich and flavorful. The serving size was just right for a complete lunch. This is an excellent option for Middle Eastern food in A2. More...

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17 July 2017

The falafel at this place is so, so good. I usually get a salad with rice and falafel (and other add-ins) and it's only around $8. Always full at the end, sometimes can't finish it. We always come here when we aren't craving anything and then we take our first bites and realize this is what we craved! More...

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11 July 2017

So tasty and extremely nice. We thought we ordered falafal but hadn't, and they gave it to us on the house. Highly recommend.

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13 June 2017

Love this place.. it has become one of my favorite places to eat. Short walk from my office, great food, great prices. I've never been disappointed. Thank You!

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5 June 2017

The Baba Dari renovation is so nice. I didn't go to the old one, but the building is now beautiful, clean, and modern, and I enjoyed the catchy middle eastern music at a good, not-too-loud volume. This place is awesome if you like the bright and modern vibe. Props to the architect :)I asked my cashier for a recommendation on sauces and she was helpful and friendly. I got the chicken shawarma pita wrap with tzatziki and hummus sauces and some vegetable toppings. I loved it and it was comparable to Pita Kabob Grill on East William. Portion was perfect - probably on the slightly smaller side but I left happily full. For the price, this place is a good deal.My only complaint was that service was a little slow even though there were only five customers there at the time. Like some other reviews have mentioned, it would be nice if they had that assembly like type of service so it's faster. Overall, I definitely will be coming back to try their salad which I've heard is also great. More...

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20 May 2017

We stopped in for a quick dinner as we felt the need to deviate from our other usual places - and I'm so happy that we ended up here! After living in Ann Arbor for so long, it's good to know that I've found a solid Mediterranean food place to go to when I have a craving. This review is completely from the standpoint of the restaurant now, I can't say that I went to the restaurant before it's face lift. I love the simplified menu of this place. Sure, it mimics a Chipotle or Qdoba style restaurant - simple starting point and then you can add toppings, proteins, and sauces. I went with a salad and added shwarma chicken, a whole mess of veggies and feta cheese, and added their signature dressing. The serving was massive and the salad bowl was overflowing with flavor. The chicken was tender and perfectly seared and paired well with the house dressing and hummus that I requested with it. I will certainly be coming back. Sure, it may be different from a traditional restaurant or what it used to be, but judging it right now - it was AWESOME! More...

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30 April 2017

The staff are always friendly, regardless of how crowded they are. The schwarmas are made to order, like Subway, only much better; they are schwarmas, after all. Worth the drive, and worth the walk! More...

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13 April 2017

Great Food & Vibe.... I highly recommend BabaDari Mediterranean Grill.

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30 March 2017

The new falafel bowls are excellent. Terrific fast casual. Count me a fan.

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11 March 2017

love the renovation! super nice, modern, bright! you can tell they put a lot of money and work into making the place more appealing. the food is very clean and good. love it!! also service is nice. try their chicken bowls or falafel with hummus!! love their carrot juice More...

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21 February 2017

Extremely hospitable staff and the food was fresh and flavorful. Love the new look and the new concept. Wish them all the best. Will def be back.

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14 February 2017

Love love love love this place. Such great owners and staff as usual. The new space is beautiful. The food is reliably delicious. If you're looking for a gourmet dinner (as a few reviews have done), don't come here. But this is definitely the best place in Ann Arbor for a great mediterranean lunch. More...

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14 February 2017

Great staff. ESPECIALLY the young lady with curly hair.

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10 February 2017

We went to Baba Dari because my husband loved it when it was Ali Baba's. The best part about this place was the service! The staff was super enthusiastic and helped us make our pita combinations! The worst part about the place is the way it looks. Maybe they just haven't finished decorating but there's nothing on the walls but one sign. Everything is wood... perhaps if they had something on the walls it would balance it out? But it seemed like a super sterile, uninviting, and cold restaurant. I wish it had felt a little bit cozier or welcoming. The food was somewhere in between the best and the worst. The food is a bit pricey but they give you a lot. I felt like I wish they had certain dishes/specials already put together. As it's sometimes hard to know what goes good together and make the flavors feel unified instead of competing. However, gyros are gyros and I'll definitely go back! :) Hopefully next time they will have done something more with the interior. More...

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6 February 2017

I'm not usually one to go online to review restaurants, but this place is well worth it. Since visiting the day they opened (just a few weeks ago), I've eaten here about a dozen times. The food is great and service is impeccable. They've definitely become my favorite food spot in Ann Arbor. More...

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3 February 2017

Love the revamp! The chicken tawook is fantastic, and the hummus is great. The new look of the restaurant is extremely sleek and feels clean and modern. The service was great - the guys really care about helping out and were extremely kind. Special thanks for running down the street after me to give me the side of ranch that was forgotten! More...

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3 February 2017

The food is amazing. ALL of Ali Baba's deliciousness. Service was wonderful. I especially liked that the to-go containers are plant based and compostable! !! Great looking out for Mother Earth!! Thank you! More...

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1 February 2017

Baba Dari (previously known as Ali Baba's) underwent renovations in fall/winter 2016. It was a little dated before but now it looks modern and bright. Very clean. Perhaps it lost a bit in character as a side consequence but I think an update was necessary and will help the restaurant's long-term vitality. It now has Middle Eastern bowls (think Chipotle or Piada, except there's no assembly line), as well as some of the old menu items: Middle Eastern salads, hummus and baba ghanoush plates, excellent baklava, fruit juices and smoothies, and French fries. Servings smaller than before I think, but still a good amount of food that I couldn't finish in one serving.Pros: Prices are reasonable. Love the bowl concept. Colorful interior - good for casual dining with kids. Carrot juice seems freshly pressed. Parking available. Fast service. Love the pink dressing on the salad. French fries were fresh, hot, and crispy. Garlic sauce ridiculously good.Cons: Black olives seemed canned which I'm not a fan of but can deal with (think pizza topping quality vs. restaurant olive quality). Pickles also not great and were burger-topping style. Mujaddara rice overcooked. Chicken a little dried out. Skimped on the lettuce in my bowl.A big plus was the service. I've been a few times and there's always a guy who is very cheerful and helpful. He gives recommendations and is so enthusiastic. I think he might be the owner. Clearly excited to be there. The cashiers were also nice.I wouldn't call this place authentic Middle Eastern food but I think it's perfect for a college town. More...

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29 January 2017

Welcomed as soon as we walked in by a very friendly and helpful employee. We went with his suggestions: fattoush w/ beef kabab & chicken shawarma. Fast & very flavorful!! We love Ahmo's, but saw this place first. Interestingly enough, I saw one of the family members I know from Ahmos while I was there. I think it's the same family that owns this place. If so, we need a Mediterranean grill out in Howell please! More...

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22 January 2017

Now called Baba Dari (after a much needed revamp), this place maintained the quality of food while bringing their restaurant into the 21st century. I had the chicken tawook pita, hummus, and falafel app - it was all great. They new layout is fast casual, with the only disappointment being the lack of a chipotle-style assembly line. More...

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20 January 2017

The new place Baba Dari, which has replaced the old one is very good. I loved the falafel and the humus. Their Tahiti sauce is good. Neat interiors and courteous staff. Glad I dropped in! More...

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