Travel Series Restaurant of the Week: Al Salaam Deli

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Photo by Tara Fisher

There are many different restaurants in my hometown that I fail to explore. I typically have my normal spots that I like to go to because I know I can never go wrong with my choices. Well, what kind of life is that if I keep eating and going to the same restaurants? I need to expand my food horizons, so I am going to start highlighting my new food adventures.

I was craving Greek food, so instead of going to Gyro Wraps I tried a local restaurant called Al Salaam Deli. They specialize in Middle Eastern cuisine and have been in the Savannah, Georgia area for over 15 years. So, for 15 years I’ve been going to Gyro Wraps instead of supporting a wonderful local business.

When I walked into the restaurant, I was immediately welcomed by two gentlemen. I placed my order for the lamb gyro, and was told to make myself comfortable. The restaurant is also a small grocery store, with different Middle Eastern foods and spices. There is a wall of National Geographic covers circling around. I asked one of the employees if they collected all of the magazines. He explained that he’s been collecting National Geographic magazines since black and white cover editions. The restaurant is so popular that actor Liam Hemsworth came in earlier as he was scouting for local areas for his film. I missed a Hemsworth by a few minutes, dang it!

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Photo by Tara Fisher

My food came out hot and ready, and I was quite pleased. The lamb was very tender on the warm pita bread. The gyro was not covered with too much tzatziki, it was just right. I finished my meal, and was not rushed out like at some restaurants. It was a refreshing experience to have authentic food in my own backyard. It made me realize how much we need to support local business because they truly care about the customer experience and their product.

I give Al Salaam Deli 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely return in the future!

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