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Notched your belt with all your eastern-Mediterranean cuisines, have you? Your Lebanese, Egyptian, and Syrian? But ask yourself, have you eaten Kurdish? Probably not--if you haven't been to Babani's, which looks to be the first Kurdish restaurant in the nation, a quiet corner shop where one can sample Kurdish tabouli, shish kebabs (weekends only), and dowjic, a lemon-chicken soup thick with rice and enlivened with basil and a tangy hint of yogurt.
Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middl... More »
Babani's Kurdish Restaurant 544 St. Peter St., St Paul; 602-9964 It was a gray, rainy morning--the clouds were piled up thick, the birds were hidden away, the citizenry was toying with the idea of moving to St. Kit's. The phone rang. It was... More »
This is one of my new favorites. The decor is great, there's plenty of space, the service is fast. The dowjic soup and chicken sawa are fantastic and basically the entire menu sounds delicious. Can't wait to make a return trip.
The first Kurdish restaurant to open in the United States, Babani's is named for the Babani tribe, whose men were known for their fighting skills and sexual prowess (seriously, it says that on the menu!) and whose women were considered kind, forgiving, and exceptionally good at cooking. The menu consists of authentic Kurdish dishes, including chicken tawa (chicken sautéed in lemon and spices and baked in layers of potatoes, green peppers, onions, and dried limes) and Sheik Babani... More »
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