Portland >Food & Dining > Baba Fresh
11139 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR | Directions 9721945.444781 -122.727300
Neighborhoods: Far Southwest, Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated
Exellent food and hospitable atmosphere – My wife & visited this place last week and were pleasantly surprised at the excellent food and very hospitable service from the owner.
We ordered some to-go items and were served a VERY nice appetizer plate while we waited.
The food was simply excellent (one Persian and one Mediterranean dish + appetizers) and we'll be steady customers..
Love this place – I am suprised by some of the other comments. I live close by and have the lamb plates, gyros, and greek salad on a regular basis. I have never had a problem with the food freshness and the humus is home made and fresh. The staff is always very friendly and glad to see me.
I highly recommend this place if you like lamb.
Terrible terrible food – First we got the wrong sandwich. The falafel were old, under-cooked , and microwaved. The Humus came straight from the freezer. The chicken was flavorless and old. left the food untouched. Never going back.
If you like Mediterranean food, go somewhere else – Myself and my girlfriend decided to try Baba Fresh because it is near my house. The lamb gyro was terrible, the meat was old, and I could literally scrape a layer of "old meat" off the top of the lamb slices with my finger. I am also allergic to onions and sure enough due to sloppy food storage and handling there were onions on my dish and I stopped eating after one bite and became ill. My girlfriends order was no better. The meat was also old, the rice was terrible and had literally just been pulled out of the microwave. I would recommend eating Puppy Chow over Baba Fresh.
Bland and spendy – Met some friends here for lunch this past weekend and enjoyed sitting out in their patio (there is only one table, w/4 chairs). The server at the counter was nice and brought the food out to us on the patio. We had the dolmas for appetizers, and I could tell they were very fresh, but way too strong on the vinegar. I ordered the lamb gyro, which was small in size (compared to every other gyro I've had). It was really bland, and for $6.99, I was hoping for a lot more in size and taste. It tasted like a salad. I would say that the majority of the gyro was shredded lettuce and tomato, only a few bits of lamb, and hardly any sauce, which made it not only taste like a salad, but a dry one at that. I was also not impressed by the pita bread wedges they served - it would have been better if they were warmed.
Coffee secret... – OK so I went into this place the other day looking for the free wi-fi. It wasn't as bad as the other person said. The connection was fine. They offered me a laptop to use of theirs if I wanted. I think they had just gotten them and they weren't installed yet.
So I asked about the hummus. It does come from a package but the commercial kitchen in the back of the restaurant is who packages it. You can buy the same stuff at whole foods, they just make it there. I didn't notice it coming out of a package though. The girl who made my food got it from one of those sandwich making stations. They make everything there but the pitas actually. Even the falafel. I asked her why it was so expensive. She cringed and said I know but the meat is what is what is expensive and that they make it there fresh. I had the chicken. It was juicy and good, everything tasted fresh. The presentation was nice. It was true Mediterranean, no frills, no Americanized food. Whatever that means, LOL!
Then she offered to make me a coffee.
So here is my wow... this is why I am rating them so high. The food is OK. But the coffee is amazing! (and cheap!) She was practicing and training one of her employees. She said she was very new and that she was hired to start a coffee shop inside of the existing restaurant. It was hands down one of the best lattes I have ever had! It really sounded like she loved what she was doing and you could taste it in her coffee!
Everybody was very friendly. The place does not look like a coffee shop but it was clean enough and they have a really neat patio with a couple of tables.
The girl invited me back and reminded me that there were going to be a lot of changes in the future so to please check back soon. I will be sure to stop in next time I need wi-fi and a latte!
Clever name, dissapointing execution – Came in for lunchtime on Tuesday, since I had a need for falafel and wifi. The place was empty except for me, not a good sign. Seemed clean enough. I ordered the falafel gyro (sandwich). Seems like most of it came from prepackaged food (not "fresh"). Falafel was OK. sauce was OK. The wifi was terribly slow, and there are no power outlets, but I got done what I needed.
Most items seem overpriced, especially given the quality experienced. Maybe the chinese place next door is better.
Still looking for good mediterranean food in this area....
Horrid & disgusting – I was so excited because this place is close to my house but I am sorry to say this is the worst Mediterrean food I have ever had. The hummus was pre-packaged and purchased from some outside source, and quite frankly the only thing that was inpalatable. The baba ganouj was disgusting, the falafel mushy and the pita hard and stale, I could go on and on. Save yourself the disappointment, and the $10 and go somewhere else. I know in the future I will drive for decent food.
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