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Middle Eastern, Persian
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

It is a bit quirky. The owner cooks right in front of you, and she might tell you a story about her cousin or her grandchild or just talk about the new thing she decided to put on the menu. It's like you have a...Persian cook in the family. It is take out only, but there are benches nearby to eat on.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed March 31, 2017

Five of us went to Pomegranate Kitchen for lunch. We didn't know much about the place, but we all love Persian food. It was absolutely wonderful. Mally is a joyful person who shared all kinds of information about the food and was very patient with...us. We had lots of requirements due to gluten-free and other dietary needs. All our needs were filled (and so were our bellies)! We got our take-out and enjoyed our lunch, each sharing the complex tastes and aromas of each dish. Pomegranate Kitchen is difficult to find, Straw Valley looks like empty buildings because of lack of use and the poor condition of the parking lots. However, the food is worth the hunt!More

Date of visit: March 2017
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Merci for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We're big fans of Pom Kitchen. Mostly get her food at the Chapel Hill farmers market. Lovely lady. Lovely food. The Jewel Rice is to die for.

Date of visit: March 2017
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

Thanks so much. We have added the South Durham Farmers' Market and Fearrington Farmers' Market to our weekly tour for 2017! Looking forward to seeing you.

Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to Raleigh to visit a few museums, and it was a pleasant surprise! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. We're all vegetarians and we had plenty of options. It is a small place, but definitely worth...a stop!More

Date of visit: December 2016
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

Looking forward to your next trip to come see us again. Thanks for the review.

Reviewed September 20, 2016

I love to stop by and get a Jewel Rice, or Lentil Rice to go. Especially after a workout. Small place, only takes cash or checks, but the food is great.

Date of visit: September 2016
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

Thanks so much for the review. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed August 25, 2016

Mally, the owner of Pom Kitchen, is one of the nicest people I've ever met. She is kind, caring and has a passion for her food that most other restaurants wish they could express. From the moment you walk in to this humble space, you...are greeted by a happy, smiling face and "Bonjour Monsieur!". You may think Mally is French, but she is actually Persian. Her food oozes the delicate flavors of Iran and the complex aromas fill the air inside and outside of her restaurant. Her Pomegranate Stew (Fesenjoon/Fesenjan), fabulous rice dishes and other stews are some of the best I've had. She also has several different types of pastries, like my favorite the tomato pie. Somehow Mally transforms the boring tomato into a stunningly crisp and flavorful tomato pie, wrapped in her homemade puff pastry crust. She only cooks with healthy oils and all of the vegetables are freshly cut by hand. No processed foods here. My one complaint is not with Mally, her food or anything she can control... it is with the landlord of Straw Valley (the shopping center that Pom Kitchen is in). I'm not sure if they are intentionally trying to run everyone out of the spaces there, but whoever owns Straw Valley should be ashamed at their lack of maintenance, horrible signage (that is impossible to see), and overall appearance of the exterior of the building. I thought the shopping center was abandoned until I found Pomegranate Kitchen. Mally has done all she can to make her space her own, and although it isn't your typical sit-down restaurant (you can sit outside), you still feel invited when you step through her door. I hope whoever owns Straw Valley will invest some money into the center and transform the space into a freshened version of its current form, FIX the parking lot's huge ruts and ensure their tenants are happy with their space. I'm sure Mally could find another location, but all of her customers know where she is and it is convenient to I-40, 15/501, etc.More

Date of visit: August 2016
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

Wow! What a review! Thank you for taking the time to write such nice things.

Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

Persian food with a vegan farm to table edge, made by a gifted owner named mali. you will thank your good fortune for eternity if you live near by or be annoyed that your town (even nyc) can't provide such good vegan food. was a...real pleasure having lunch at this humble but incredible location, looks can be deceiving but don't expect anything but perfect flavors from this gem. Wow wow and more wow, both me and wife agreed it was the best vegan meal we ever had.More

Date of visit: March 2016
PomegranateKitchen, Owner at Pomegranate Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

Merci! Thanks so much for the kind words!

Reviewed October 14, 2015

What can I say except that you will not be disappointed in this outstanding food. It looks good, the flavors are fantastic and so tasty. You don't want to stop eating. Can't wait to taste the baklava which we have been told is the "Real"...baklava.More

Date of visit: October 2015
Reviewed January 25, 2015

Pomegranate Kitchen is one of those places that I was hesitant about trying, but once I did, I was hooked! My favorite combo is her rice with the pomegranate stew... the flavor is so amazing, rich, and delicious! I've also tried her eggplant stew, but...I prefer the pomegranate. I introduced some old coworkers to PK, and was so glad that other people were learning about this little place that has delicious Persian food! Also, the owner is so sweet and friendly and remembers her customers, so that adds a nice personal touch. The prices were a little high for me, but I usually get two meals out of one order, so that's ok. I highly recommend Pomegranate Kitchen to people who are curious about Persian cuisine... I promise you will enjoy it!More

Date of visit: March 2014
Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

Amazing Persian food. I had eggplant stew with rice, my partner the pomegranate & rice. Both were a taste sensation. Try the hibiscus mojito - nonalcoholic- a spicy & tart drink that was very refreshing on a warm day. Service was friendly & helpful. Highly...recommend this restaurant.More

Reviewed September 3, 2014

Mally's kitchen feels like home. She loves everything she makes and does, I was an instant fan. We enjoyed eggplant stew, quinoa salad and the hibicus mojito. We're going to visit her at the Farmer's Market this weekend.

Date of visit: September 2014
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I loved this place. Excellent food and friendly service. You can eat your food in the coffee shop next door since they have an agreement on that. As a vegan, I was excited to find this place and will be sure to go back frequently.

Date of visit: July 2013
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Authentic Persian food made on the spot. Wonderful proprietor. Friendly and fun. Large servings. I especially like the Pomegranate stew.

Date of visit: August 2013
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Mally is authentic and puts her heart and hard work into her food. She brings her middle-eastern heritage and flavors to the table using the best ingredients available locally and organically. Her small shop is located within a unique space which has been beautifully designed...with modern and asian influences, where diners can meander around to find the spot were they want to relax. The building exterior seen from 15-501 with a dated sign listed as "Straw Valley" does not reflect the surprise serenity and goodies waiting within.More

Date of visit: March 2013
Reviewed February 27, 2013

I sampled some of Pomegranate Kitchen's food at the Chapel Hill Farmer's Market and have been meaning to eat here ever since. Today was the day. My husband and I stopped in for lunch. We were amazed at the ample portions as well as all...the nutritional information about herbs and spices that was posted on the walls. Delicious smells wafted out from the pots and pans on the stove, and the owner was generous with her information - not just the portions. I was not aware that Iran supplies 90% of the world's saffron. Although there are no inside tables, we were encouraged to take our containers to the cafe next door. The people there welcomed us and allowed us to stay as long as we wanted to. The food was delicious - we had 4 different dishes: 2 different kinds of rice and 2 different kinds of stews (one with pomegranate paste, the other with sauteed eggplant and tomatoes). Given the renewed interest in the Mediterranean diet, we felt quite virtuous in gobbling most of it down - the rest will be tonight's dinner. We will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2013
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Bob, So sorry for the long delay. Yes. Pets are welcome in the courtyard. Hope to see you as we gear up for another spring!
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Pomegranate Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5