Ali Baba

Some may remember this place as the former East-West; the name and ownership have changed but the menu remains much the same: kebabs and other South Asian items, and, somewhat incongruously, pizzas (presumably owing to a desire to squeeze every possible ounce of use out of the massive stone oven in back). The food is reasonably priced, the portions reasonably sized, and the service reasonably good (although the ambience is a bit on the spare side); this would be a lukewarm review were it not for the fact that the food is in fact quite tasty, and that there isn’t anything like it served in the immediate area. The pleasure of a change of pace trumps the relatively minor complaints about the restaurant itself. And, importantly, Ali Baba is only about four blocks from campus, so even the most reluctant of students can easily manage the trip. There’s really no reason not to visit at least once.

Comments on Ali Baba

Who wants happy meal? Go to Ali Baba!

Posted by Happy Meal Jim (February 23, 2004 03:32 PM)

I always get the Leg of Lamb with Ram Sauce…it’s the best!!!
And since I don’t have a job the Price is Right!! (speaking of which Bob Barker RULES!!!)
Next time you go throw me an email…i’ll probably meet you there for lunch.
Peace and Love,
Baggy Harris

Posted by Baggy Harris "Lebron" Levin (December 8, 2003 05:47 PM)

Curry chicken pizza. Nuff said!

Posted by Otterboy (October 3, 2003 04:03 PM)

Alibaba is really awesome. I really like their eskandar Kabab which is very tasty meat with yogut and tomatow sauce with rice and bread..

Posted by max (July 26, 2003 03:49 PM)

Was at Ali Babas last night. The food was excellent for what it is. The Eggplant dish I was had blew my socks off. Recommended! Again!Still no local campaign promises of a DONER STAND on every corner!!! argh!

Posted by Wayne (June 3, 2003 01:06 PM)

Food: Excellent. Get the eggplant salad and the doner kebab. I dont see how someone can say that the food is not fresh when it is made and cooked right in front of your eyes. Service: Slow, but worth the wait.

Posted by mags (May 3, 2003 09:45 PM)

Ali Baba, though it may be different to most people around town, is definitely not good Middle-Eastern food. Eating there was like eating Middle Eastern frozen dinners or something… The food was obviously pre-cooked and lacking in fresh flavor and character.

Posted by Jim (May 3, 2003 04:28 PM)

This place just rocks my socks. A genuine Turkish stone oven. Freshmade breads and doughs. Lamb lamb lamb! Need I say more? This reminds me of the little Turkish Donner Kebab stands I fell in love with when I was living and stationed in Germany. Donners (to Americans they are called Gyros!) are to Europe what hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza are to Americans. A Turkish Gyro stand on every corner: show me that campaign promise!

Posted by Wayne (February 11, 2003 11:06 AM)

Ali Baba is great. The food is wonderful, they have renovated for a better atmosphere, and everything is fairly priced.

Posted by Menana (October 2, 2002 08:30 PM)

Its so good to have something other than chinese or pizza. With a side the meals fill me up, which is surprising. I definately reccomend it if you are tired of the normal college fare.

Posted by gabe (June 15, 2002 08:14 PM)

I definately recommend the Ali Baba for anyone. I think anyone can find something they like there, and I haven’t had a bad meal there yet. Best of all, it’s very affordable for lunch and dinner.

Posted by Tipsy McSwagger (December 14, 2001 09:44 AM)

Lets not forget Ali Baba is now open until 2am.

Posted by Adam Varga (November 29, 2001 09:57 PM)

Ali Baba is wonderful. The real prize here are the giant “bread zeppelins” - hot, literally inflated bread which reminds one of oversized footballs. Ali Baba’s service has improved, as well as their portions, and I’m impressed with their continued efforts. The lamb kebab is my favorite dish - absolutely fantastic. It’s an excellent, cheap meal - and hey - it’s within walking distance.

Posted by Justin Baugh (September 26, 2001 01:44 AM)