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Ali Baba

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.

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. 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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  • Leslie

    As a health & fitness conscious individual, Ali Baba is my favorite vegan meetup restaurant because of the delicious, whole food offerings, and we are able to interact with the family creating and serving our meals. While I agree it's important to support Melt, Jammy Buggars, Happy Dog, etc., to encourage them to continue offering vegan selections, I much prefer to dine out at places like Ali Baba - more nutritious (& delicious) bang for the buck.

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Leslie

      Don't get me wrong: I really enjoy Melt (and this month's vegan reuben special is delish!), Happy Dog (both have great vegan beer selections, too), etc., but I prefer to eat more healthful foods as often as possible because I know I feel great when I do :)

      1 · March 6, 2013

    • Suzy W.

      i would never complain to Melt, regarding what I said above, or another similar place, as I figure the knowledge is readily available and they have made their own decisions and I guess I have to be respectful of that. These are my own choices I've made after researching the subjects of nutrition and animal care.

      March 6, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Well I agree with you that it was great and look forward to our next outing.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Richard S.

    what are the symptoms?

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Doug L.

      Oh you know... staring wistfully at the moon, howling at the Sun, that sort of thing. Honestly, I just thought "withdrawal symptoms" made for a funny way to say how much I enjoyed the food.

      March 4, 2013

  • Don M

    Let's see if I can recall the menu for you readers:
    first course was a wonderfully freshed and dressed salad, as only Linda can do.
    then came taboullli, followedy by humus and baba ganouj
    spinich pie followed, then cabbage rolls, Linda's late winter stew, a dish of lentils and rice, the world's most delicious butter beans in a delicate red sauce and then a dish called Lube which is broad beans with tomatoes and garlic and I don't know what else, all crowned with vegan baklavah how fun! Linda is considering doing a gluten free dinner as well, fyi.
    hope to see you back there soon!

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • Suzy W.

      I'd love to attend a gluten free dinner, too! It seems to be better on my arthritis, if don't eat gluten which is mostly the breads for me. All of Linda's above dishes were so wonderful!

      March 3, 2013

    • Sharon W.

      The meal was awesome, my personal favorites this time being the spinach pie & cabbage rolls. Would be very cool to see a GF dinner as I hate to see anyone miss out on any of the food!

      March 4, 2013

  • Doug L.

    I have to say that I hate Sundays after Ali Baba. I go through withdrawal symptoms!!! Any suggestions as to how I might deal with that???

    March 3, 2013

  • Adrianne

    Wonderful food and company, as always.

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • Suzy W.

      Adrianne, I like your new photos! :)

      March 3, 2013

  • Alan

    Outstanding food as well as great oonversation

    March 3, 2013

  • Paul

    The calm level tonight was between a 5.4 to 7.5. All and all i say "normal" is tonight's diagnosis with minor anxiety ratio of 2. This is not intended to be understood by the masses.

    3 · March 2, 2013

  • Suzy W.

    The food was outstanding! Great conversation and I always enjoy meeting new people. :)

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to change late, was invited to a wilderness emergency care clinic. enjoy all

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I changed my RSVP; last minute change in plans. Hope this helps Janie.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Janine, please take my spot. I've changed my RSVP.

    February 27, 2013

  • Richard S.

    I would RSVP and add one person. Usually someone or several people will cancel or just not show up. It's not a huge place but I doubt it would be a problem.

    February 27, 2013

  • Janine R.

    How do I get on the wait list for this, if there is one? My boyfriend and I would like to attend, but I see there is only one spot left :(

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have the flu. Although it may be gone by Sat, I will probably not feel up to the experience. Better to let someone else enjoy and "catch" the next round. ;)

    February 27, 2013

  • Ginger H.

    sorry I am attending class for CPR training for animals

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You know why

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is Ali Baba's considered private supper club or an "underground restaurant". I have never been there before.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have heard rave reviews and must taste for myself.

    February 21, 2013

  • Paul

    seems like a good one.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meet-up. Is it safe to assume there will be some gluten free options at dinner?
    (obviously, not the pita)

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh my goodness, every single month I have a reason why I can't make it. I wish I could be there!! Have a baklava for me!

    January 10, 2013

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