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They say that variety is the spice of life, so it’s about time to spice up your life and try something delicious? You owe it to yourself and your taste buds to head over to Munjed’s and enjoy the best Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine this town has to offer!

Munjed’s is located at 505 Westcott Street in Syracuse. This family owned and operated restaurant has been serving scrumptious Middle Eastern cuisine since 1984.

Munjed’s is located at 505 Westcott Street in Syracuse and they are open seven days a week: they are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 2:30 pm, dinner Monday through Thursday 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday from 4:30 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from noon to 10 pm and Sunday from 1 to 8 pm. Their summer hours may vary. At Munjed’s walk-ins are always welcome but feel free to call ahead to make reservations or order take out at 315-425-0366. This family owned and operated restaurant has been introducing and satisfying people’s curiosity and need for scrumptious Middle Eastern cuisine since 1984.

Whether you love Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine or you have never tried it, Munjed’s has something everyone will enjoy. Every dish is made from scratch so dietary needs are absolutely considered; they have gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. In other words, everything is always fresh, delicious, and prepared with only the highest quality ingredients. You may stop in to Munjed’s to grab an appetizer and enjoy one of their seasonally changing local draft beers, a soda and a mouthwatering chicken gyro, a multi course meal, or some delicious coffee and a slice of their (soon to be famous) Baklava Cheesecake. Whatever you are looking for Munjed’s has the perfect plate and the perfect atmosphere to meet your needs. Somehow they have managed to create an atmosphere where you could bring a date, a girl’s night out, or even a family dinner to introducing little ones to international cuisine. This atmosphere seems to have been cultivated by their trademark of “good food, good people, always.”   

The Greek Fest Combo, a selection of the best of Munjed’s Greek cuisine was absolutely superb.

Kyle and I went to Munjed’s on an unseasonably warm Saturday night. We were immediately seated at a cozy table under a beautiful painted mural of the moon and stars. We discussed how nice this much larger location was (Munjed’s was previously located across Westcott Street, and they had moved to the new, bigger location a few years back). I was particularly excited for this meal because it had been a while since I had gone out for Middle Eastern food because my husband—

Kyle—“doesn’t like it” and I could never make him try it, that is, until this night. Spoiler alert, he doesn’t like Middle Eastern food, he LOVES it, thanks to Munjed’s. I decided not to even let him look at the menu and just ordered for him, since I know what he likes and I didn’t want him to make any excuses not to try things. We began our meal with an appetizer platter that included Feta Cheese and Olives, Babaganouj, Tzatziki, Falafel, and pita. The babaganouj (Puree of charbroiled eggplant, tahini, lemon and garlic) was creamy and smoky and fantastic (especially topped with the feta and olives) and the falafel (mildly spiced, fried chickpea patties served with tahini sauce) was crunchy and perfectly fried (not all greasy) and perfection when dipped in the Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip). Kyle also “hates” chickpeas so after 3 falafels I thought it was only fair to tell him that perhaps he had misjudged chickpeas in the past. For our dinner Kyle had the Munjed’s Combo—A bed of hommus (puree of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic) topped with sirloin chawirma alongside falafel patties, grapeleaves, tabouli salad (mixture of parsley, bulgur wheat, tomato, scallions, mint, olive oil and lemon) and grilled chunks of shish kabobs. This combo was truly a little bit of everything Munjed’s had to offer as far as Middle Eastern cuisine is concerned; they also offer a variation made with chicken. Everything was cooked and spiced to perfection and

The Munjed’s Combo truly has a little bit of everything Munjed’s had to offer as far as Middle Eastern cuisine is concerned.

Kyle cleaned the plate (even the hommus, with those pesky chickpeas again). I decided on the Greek Fest Combo, a selection of the best of Munjed’s Greek cuisine including a wedge of spanakopita (Filo pastry dough, filled with spinach, feta cheese, and baked until golden brown, served with tzatziki sauce), dolmas (grape leaves), slices of savory gyro meat (lean blend of lamb and beef carved off the rotisserie), served with Greek salad and tzatziki sauce. Every bite was absolutely superb. We didn’t actually save room for dessert but couldn’t pass it up so we split a slice of Baklava Cheesecake, vanilla based cheesecake topped with walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon that is then drizzled with a sugar and rosewater syrup and a classic Baklava, with Filo layered with walnuts and drizzled with a sugar and rose water syrup. Both were phenomenal and worth the trip on their own.

Munjed’s is the perfect spot for any occasion. They also offer off site catering and on site banquets! They have plenty of room for your special occasion and they are the perfect, unique venue for your upcoming event, shower, birthday party, retirement party, rehearsal dinner, or any event! Be sure to check them out at www.munjeds.net and head over there today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.