For a long time, we watched and patiently waited for Tahini to open it’s doors. I had no idea what this establishment was going to offer, but I knew from the name along that my interest was piqued. We initially visited Tahini during their soft opening in Nov 2015. During the initial visit, we noticed a note on the door that read “Please be patient, we are still training.”
The young staff behind the counter were incredibly friendly, helpful and working nicely together. I frankly don’t recall exactly what my wife and I both ordered, but what stood out for us was our special visit. The owner stopped by to chat briefly, offering us complimentary fries and his trademark Tahini sauce, citing that we need to try the fries with this sauce, that we’ll never want ketchup again. Not only was he right in that it was delicious, but he was also incredibly informative about the process of how everything was made. In particular, behind the counter they have two spinning spits of meat.
He explained that with more commonly seen Greek gyro meats, it’s essentially one large hunk of meat slowly cut up as heated through. However he explained that with Middle Eastern meats, there is much more work to it. Namely that they thinly slice the entire meat, then add spices and flavoring variously throughout the sliced portions so that all of those spices get truly infused into the meat. Man, he wasn’t joking!!! As I ate my sandwich, I kept tasting one thing in particular that was familiar, but I couldn’t place it. Low and behold, he informed that clove was one of the spices and that was the missing link. Absolutely delicious.
We went back to Tahini some time later and it was just as equally delicious as the first time we went. Many of the same happy faces greeted us as when we were there the first time. Upon returning a second time, I gained an appreciation for their less is more menu. It’s simple; a sandwich, a bowl of rice or a bowl of hummus as your base. From there, the protein; steak, chicken or falafel. Finally, the toppings and sauces which there are plenty to pick from. I can think of more than a few people who might look at the menu and be displeased with the “lack of variety”. To those folks I say “I’d rather eat somewhere that specializes and does it amazingly than somewhere that can’t decide what they’re good at and suffer because of it”.
If you are curious about Middle Eastern food, Halal certified meats, and going to a place that you AND you’re vegetarian/vegan friends can all eat at, then Tahini is the place you need to visit. Their website is really nice but still under some construction, but their facebook page is regularly running little specials and discount days.