Sassool Mediterranean Cafe in Cary, has easily become one of my favorite eateries in the Triangle. Best thing about them is that their food tastes as good as it looks, and many of their offerings are on the healthy side, so..... yey for those of us who indulge in rich and heavy foods maybe a little more frequently than we should. Sassool is a nice change from that.
This is a family owned business, and all the recipes have been passed down from the owner's mom. They make everything in-house, frequently and in small quantities.
This is a fast-casual type of restaurant. Some people choose to dine in, (plenty of seating is usually available), and some go the take-out route. What's nice about the take-out is that you don't have to pre-plan anything, or call your order in. The food is already prepared for walk-in customers and you simply let them know at the counter, what sizes of containers you'd like each food selection to be put in. It's a quick and easy way to go, especially for working parents who don't have time to cook every night. I love the wide varity of options they have to choose from, and the quick and friendly service they offer.
Sassool is located in the Shoppes of Kildaire, shopping center in Cary. They also have another location in North Raleigh on Stricktland Rd.
If you see the potatoes and chicken dish in the display case, definitely order that. They don't always make it, but it is a popular one, and for good reason. This tasted so hearty, like a stew, yet the sauce was tangy and light.
The sweet potatoes were a nice complment to the meat, as were the beets and the eggplant. Yup, pretty much a healthy dish that didn't leave me hungry an hour later.
Their incredible lentils, their popular chicken salad, tabouli and hummus are also seriously delicious. If you buy ready-made hummus from a grocery store, you are missing out. I did that for years and then once I tasted homemade hummus, I realized that it doesn't taste anything like what I had been getting from grocery stores. Besides the taste, texture is so much better/smoother than the ready-made kind. I always say I'm going to make hummus one day, but until then, I'll be enjoying Sassool's hummus.
Dessert! Check out all those layers in the baklava. They use local honey to sweeten it.
The dates had a light cream filling and were topped with sesame seeds, and the other was topped with chopped pistachios. These weren't heavy at all, so I didn't feel too guilty eating them.
The cold foods....
The hot foods....
The desserts... almost as big a selection as of the savory foods. Haha!
They bake their bread on the premises all day long.
This is Ashraf and Mounir, and they are some of the warmest and nicest people I think I've ever met. They will treat you like family.