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Fresh, delicious, and authentic are just a few of the words that can be used to describe a meal at Munjed’s! 

Munjed’s is located at 505 Westcott Street in Syracuse and their kitchen is open seven days a week to make it easy to satisfy your hunger for the best Middle Eastern, Greek, Mediterranean, vegan, and vegetarian dishes that CNY has to offer! Check out their website at www.munjeds.net for the most up to date hours, to check out their menu, events, and special, and even to order online! They even offer delivery! At Munjed’s walk-ins are always welcome but feel free to call ahead to make reservations or to place your take out order 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.

Appetizer platter that included feta cheese and olives, babaganouj, tzatziki, falafel, and pita.

Whether you love Middle Eastern, Greek, or Mediterranean cuisine or you have never tried it, Munjed’s has something everyone will enjoy. There is no better way to instantly perk up your day than with tasty ethnic dishes prepared just for you! Every single dish is made from scratch so your dietary needs are absolutely considered; they offer gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. In other words, everything is always fresh, delicious, and prepared with only the highest quality ingredients. You also have to try one of their craft beers on tap and be sure to check out their hand crafted cocktails, with new and exciting recipes! You might want to stop in to Munjed’s to grab an appetizer and enjoy one of their
seasonally changing local draft beers, a soda and a mouth-watering chicken gyro, a multi course meal, or some delicious coffee and a slice of their (soon to be famous, but always incredible) Baklava Cheesecake. Whatever you are looking for in a dining experience, Munjed’s has the perfect plate and the perfect atmosphere to meet your needs. At Munjed’s they have miraculously 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.”     

Kyle and I went to Munjed’s on a chilly winter night in February. Kyle was particularly excited about our meal after he learned that he absolutely LOVES Middle Eastern cuisine! We were greeted by the friendly hostess and seating in an adorable table for two. We started 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 at all greasy) and absolute perfection when dipped in the Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip). 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, fresh 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, the Majida’s Chicken Combo.

The Munjed’s Combo,

Everything was cooked and spiced to perfection and Kyle cleaned the plate, literally, with the pita bread! 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), 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 it is 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. We also took a Birds Nest (spiral filo dough cup filled with pistachios and baked, drizzled with a sugar and rose water syrup) to go, because we just couldn’t resist the deliciousness!

Greek Fest Combo

Munjed’s is the perfect spot for any occasion. They also offer off site catering and on site banquets! Be sure to check out their party room for you next event! 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.