We had never tried Lebanese food prior to Sage, we knew we loved good Mediterranean food, so we couldn't wait to give it a try. Sage did not disappoint!
On our first visit, I had the chicken shawarma and my hubs had the beef shawarma. We started with the baba ghanoujj. The shawarmas were delicious! Thy had pickles, but the pickles didn't overpower the dish. The baba ghanoujj was very, very smoky, which I liked and my husband loved. On the second visit, we both had the beef shawarmas, my sister-in-law ordered the kafta kabob, and her boyfriend ordered the kibbeh balls. Kibbeh balls are ground beef with this amazing blend of spices. Honestly, we'll probably order those kibbeh balls for an appetizer next time. Again we started with the baba ghanoujj and hummus. It was all delicious! After having been back several times (because the food is truly phenomenal), my go-to appetizer has become the cheese mankouche with kalamata olives. Still love the others and we'll occasionally throw one in if we have a bigger group, but I can't pass up that mankouche. I've had the chicken gourmet a few times and It was really good too. On our most recent visit, my hubs ordered the lamb chops. Oh my gosh, y'all...get them! They have a perfect blend of spices and are grilled to absolute perfection. He gave me one (I think he intended to give me a bite, but I ate the whole thing). It was spectacular. Their food is cooked to order and I've got a lotta love for what they make in that kitchen!
On the first visit, I ordered the Lebanese tea, which is tea with mint. I enjoyed it, but thought I'd enjoy it more with a little sweetener. Since then, I've ordered the sweetened Lebanese tea. The sugar makes all the difference. It's not overly sweet and it's fantastic! A very close second best tea of all time. I've also had the sangria, and if you like sangria, you'll love theirs. My hubs orders Makers Mark and Coke now that they offer wine and liquor.
The prices are so reasonable and the service is great. We've been many times and have never experienced less than stellar food and service.
The place is very casual, and located right in the heart of downtown Fairhope. They have a nice seating area in the front and in the back of the restaurant. The ceiling in the back is fabric and you should definitely check it out. There's even a few little patio tables out front.
Sage is a must try, and it will quickly go down as one of your regular places. This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast!
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