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“Fun place for before a play....or anytime!”

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant
Ranked #60 of 928 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: African, Middle Eastern
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Be adventuresome and try something out of the ordinary!! Delicious! Lots from which to choose!! Real Kurdish folks are cooking/serving! (at least every time we ate there!)

1  Thank FiammaMama
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

There is something for everyone here, Our "meat and potato" friends loved the chicken stew and lentil soup, and I love the strong flavor of the lemon (dowjik) soup. They have many meats, but also vegetarian choices and will accommodate food allergies very willingly. Everything is made to order, so tell them if you don't want anything spicy. When you find your favorites, you will have to come more often. This was the first and may still be the only Kurdish restaurant in America. Some of the food is related to other ethnic groups in the region in which Kurds live, but it is really a unique culture and cuisine. You will love the photos and wall decor. It is family-run, from old family recipes and they are lovely people. Where else can you get all this for $12.99 including the fabulous soups! Parking can be difficult since people going to St Joe's Hospital across the street often use up the few onstreet parking spaces. When that happens, I suggest the St Joe's ramp! It's only fair.

Thank oldtravelady
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

This one is so good that even though we've moved away from St. Paul we always try to plan trips through the Minneapolis/St Paul airport with enough of a layover for us to run off the Babani's. That speaks volumes.

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Thank marared
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Fresh food - kurdish american restaurant. I love what I would call the Kurdish version of "chicken soup" - soothing with a little pick-me-up. Have it with the wonderful feta topped bread with a sort of tomato dipping sauce. Light and wonderful

Thank janemarieh
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We have made a number of visits to Babani's, and every one of them has been a delight. We were wishing they were open Sundays at lunch but they were not. Parking [parallel only on the street] is a major challenge for Babani's, but once this hurdle is over, the effort is worth it. While Babani's isn't in fancy quarters, the experience of eating in their restaurant is uniquely enjoying anyway. Walls are decorated with pictures and other Kurdish mementos. The food is always fresh and delicious, I love the signature dish, "Shiek Babani," which is finely chopped hamburger baked in a hallowed out eggplant, served with a rich red sauce. This comes with rice and slices of lemon. I also love their half Tabbouli, half cucumber/dill salad too. Many dishese are made with freshly made yougurt, including one of the two soups from which one can choose. I'm told there are very few Kurdish restaurants in the US, and St. Paul is blessed to have this one.

Thank Lynn J
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