Monday, September 14, 2015

Raleigh, I Love You: Sitti

Have you tried Sitti? If you are a fan of Lebanese food, this is a must try place.  Sitti is owned by Empire Eats, who also has The Pit, Gravy, and Raleigh Times.  It is conveniently located in downtown Raleigh on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett.  The perfect location for you to grab dinner than walk somewhere nearby for drinks!  The restaurant offers plenty of seating, and I recently discovered during my latest trip to the restaurant that there are more tables downstairs.

For appetizers, we tried goat cheese stuffed peppers, kibbee mikli, baba ghanouj, laban bi khiar, and avocado hummus (left to right).  The goat cheese stuffed peppers were so yummy - what isn't good that involves goat cheese, right?  Kibbee mikli was a meatball-like dish with beef and lamb, and it was very tender.  It came with a yogurt sauce that I thought went really well with them.  Many of you probably are already familiar with baba ghanouj and avocado hummus (both very good).  The laban bi khiar was similar to tzatziki sauce.  Sitti offers many appetizers, cold and hot, to choose from - you could almost just order several of these for dinner to share.  Honestly, I was satisfied after eating all this with pita!

For my entree, I tried fatteh, which was stewed lamb served over rice with crispy pita chips.  The lamb was so tasty and went well together with roasted eggplant and chickpeas. 

It was hard to pick out a drink - they had fun selections when it came to cocktails.  I went with hibiscus royale, which was a mix of champagne, bitters, and pomegranate molasses served with a candied hibiscus flower.  It was yummy!

Our friends tried chicken artichoke, lamb chops, samkeh harra (salmon dish), and zaatar roasted chicken breast, and everyone loved their entrees.  I would definitely recommend trying Sitti if you haven't already.  We can't wait to go back to try something different!

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