Ali Baba Goes Gluten-Free

 

Please refrain from using perfumes, heavy fragrances, cologne or after shave. They can aggravate asthma and trigger migraines. Let's save our noses for the wonderful aromas from Linda's kitchen. Please make your guests aware as well.

Our awesome hostess Linda has suggested trying a gluten-free version of our meetup there. She will substitute quinoa for the Bulgar wheat in the tabbouleh and replace the spinach pie with grape leaves. She will have cut veggies for dipping the baba and humus. The whole wheat pita bread will still be available but the meal will be entirely gluten free unless you choose to have some of the pita bread. I think this is a wonderful idea and look forward to trying it.

Ali Baba's awesome owner and chef, Linda, has agreed to host us again. For those who have made it in the past, you know what a fantastic meal  and deal it is. It's also a great meetup with lots of good conversational buzz going on punctuated with plenty  of 'yums'. If you have not yet been, have a look at the reviews from our previous outings there and consider joining us. You are a stranger but once.

The cuisine is Lebanese, the food is totally delicious and they speak fluent vegan. The pita bread will be whole wheat ( pinch me).

The menu for our dinner will be the chef's choice, whatever Linda thinks is good, and we will be served family-style, passing the serving dishes down the table, which I think is way cool. It has been said more than once that dining at Ali Baba with this group is more like a family dinner, with family you like, than a restaurant outing.

The price is $18, which includes tax, tip and tea or whatever other drink they may have. Some of the dishes are prepared with produce from the owner's own organic garden. The food here is absolutely delectable and you won't believe it's only eighteen bucks! Everything will be totally vegan.

Ali Baba is a small place, and we are limited to 28 so reserve as soon as you know you want to come but do NOT RSVP yes until you are sure you want to come. There is no 'maybe' or 'tentative' button. Linda plans accordingly, so don't be a no-show.  NEW: Reservations will close at 8 pm on the Wednesday prior to the meetup date. Linda needs ample planning time to take care of us.

Also please be kind and change your reservation if your schedule changes and you are unable to attend. If there is a waiting list, that allows others to move up and have a confirmed reservation. Linda has allowed us to increase the number of attendees to 28, but be aware that she can only seat 20 together at the long table. Those coming later than sooner will be seated in the booths across the aisle from the rest of us.

IF you RSVP that you will be there and you do not show, please have the courtesy and kindness to mail Linda your $18 so she is not stuck, or on the hook for you. If there are extenuating circumstances, and we all know there can be, then at least send her $10 so she is not totally out due to your being a no show. There is no reason to leave her holding the bag because you didn't show. It's only fair; the address is above.

NOTE: Ali Baba does NOT accept credit or debit cards. Cash is best.

Ali Baba is an independent, family owned and run kind of operation, the kind I like to support and chances are you do too.

This place is so home spun that there's no web site. A 'net search will only bring up the address and phone number which is [masked]. Since this is early on a weekend, there will be plenty of time for other activities after we eat. Any thoughts on activities for after are always welcomed.

This wonderful restaurant is the best-kept culinary secret in town. It's as good a Lebanese place as you're going to find and the best I've ever had.

please feel free to suggest some ideas for meetups; let's put some dates on the calendar! let's have some fun while enjoying good food and each others company!

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  • Suzy W.

    I always love what Linda cooks for us! I guess if I had to pick my favorites, it would be the stew and the baba ghanoush, but I also can't leave out her salad! It was so nice to see so many people there and it was quite enjoyable getting to know a couple more members a little better. Louis, will you please post your Quinoa/sweet potato burger recipe?

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Christina J.

    Good food! Good company! Good time!

    3 · April 14, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Great service. Linda and her family treat us like family too.

    4 · April 14, 2013

  • Sharon

    I had a wonderful evening. The food was so delicious and plentiful. Thanks to all who put this together!!

    4 · April 14, 2013

    • Sandie A. S.

      Make sure you 'tag' yourself in the photos, Sharon!

      1 · April 14, 2013

  • Maude

    I've been pondering all evening, and have decided (it was a tough call). But my most favorite selection of the evening was the falafel. Exquisitely seasoned and nary a hint of oiliness. My second favorite thing, I think, was the salad dressing! But, that came in very close to the stew with the sweet potatoes. The grape leaves also stick in my mind, as do the fava beans. Must go back soon.

    2 · April 14, 2013

  • Sandie A. S.

    OH my Goodness!!! It was the very best ever!!!!

    3 · April 13, 2013

  • Doug L.

    Soooo much food. Soooo much deliciousness. Sooooooooooo many letter os.

    3 · April 13, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Hi Don. Sorry for the late request. Any chance I could attend and Elisabeth wants to come, too. And I just asked Bill and Julie-don't know about them, yet. Thank you.

    April 11, 2013

    • Don M

      Richard: there is a good chance. Because of the no shows, Linda now has me cut off the reservations on Wednesdays before the meetup. However, if you call her,[masked], she can add you to the list herself. It's the only option at this point, other than to just show up and hope to fill in for some now shows. But give her a call. Last time we spoke, she still had the seating capacity to add you and Elizableth, not sure about the others. hope to see you there.

      April 12, 2013

    • Richard S.

      Thank you Don for your prompt reply. I will call Linda later.

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • Lisa M.

    Is there room for two more? Sorry I planned on RSVP-ing, thanks Lisa

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Don M

      Glad you made it! You will love the food and enjoy meeting Linda. she has a great story about how she came to be such a good Lebanese chef. And you guys can sit anywhere you want seating is first come, first seated! there is one long table usually and a couple of booths, so no worries I look forward to meeting you two

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Suzy W.

      Yay! Glad you and Ray made it in, Lisa! See you Saturday.

      1 · April 11, 2013

  • Sandie A. S.

    Ginger Hannah and I will be there. Thank you Don!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Bernie P.

    Past reviews sound great

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because it's gluten free, I'd LOVE to make it...may be out if town but is yet to be decided...will update as reminders come...

    March 11, 2013

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