While I discovered Nabeel’s before we moved to Homewood, I did not eat there until after we moved. At Nabeel’s, I’ve eaten from both the Cafe and the Market, and the food has been outstanding each time. On the Nabeel’s website, the food is described as Mediterranean as the owners have both Greek and Italian roots. If you like olive oil, Nabeel’s has something for you.
From the Cafe, I’ve had the homos (hummus) dip appetizer with pita crunchies and the muffuletta sandwich (also served with a side of crunchies). The homos is standard chickpeas and tahini sauce, and Nabeel’s tops it with olive oil, which delights me. The pita crunchies are pieces of deep fried pita bread (also delightful) and sprinkled with a dry seasoning. The muffuletta sandwich is olive salad, Genoa salami, mortadella, ham, and Provolone cheese. You can have the muffuletta on either Nabeel’s homemade panini bread or foccacia bread.
From the Market, I’ve had the half-pound homos and babaghannouj dips and the party-size bag of pita crunchies. While I am a fan of Nabeel’s homos, the babaghannouj was so-so. I’ve only had it once, but I would definitely try it again. The party-size bag of pita crunchies is more suitable for noshing on the couch than the handful that come with the sandwich orders, but the crunchies are somewhat salty, so I couldn’t eat the bag in one sitting.
The only problem I’ve had with Nabeel’s is their pricing between the Cafe and Market. In a carry-out order from the Cafe, I asked for the homos dip appetizer, and I received the dip in a two-ounce (e.g., salad dressing) plastic container. While the Cafe’s homos is superior to the Market’s homos (in my opinion), $4.25 is a bit steep for a 2-oz serving.