Food Porn: Rachels Mediterranean (UB)

When I attended UB (from 2002 to 2007) I never had the food choices that the current students have.  Yes, there was Korean Express and Campus Cafe, but in those days I was very happy to just settle for Burger King and order a Whopper for lunch.  However, in the last 2 years I’ve watched UB’s (North) on-campus food selection substantially improve and become incredibly diverse.  Additions like Jamba Juice, Soma Sushi, Moe’s, Tim Hortons, Dancing Chopsticks, an Indian restaurant (the name escapes me) and Rachel’s have actually made me slightly jealous of the fact that Alli is a graduate student there.

So last Friday I had to go and get my passport for my upcoming honeymoon (Mediterranean cruise!), which meant that I took a day off from work and spent the day with Alli at UB.  I decided to invite my cousin Chris (a UB dormer) along for lunch and introduce him to Rachel’s, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Commons.  Rachel’s has your typical Greek food (Slouvaki’s and Gyro’s), some authentic Lebanese food (Lebneh, Shawarma) and of course (for the less adventurous) Chicken Fingers.  Here’s how our meal went…

For about ~ $8 I ordered the Chicken Shawarma (pictured above) which is basically marinated chicken with pickles, lettuce, tahini (ground sesame seeds), french fries and onions wrapped in a pita.  I devoured the entire thing in a relatively short amount of time.  The whole combination was amazing and, obviously, anytime you can add french fries it’s great.  That said, even with the tahini, the wrap was actually a little dry (probably due to the fries).  So a drink is definitely necessary.  To go along with the Shawarma I ordered a side of Lebneh (or Lebni, for only about $4) which was pretty large.  It comes with an entire pita, some slices of tomato, black olives and a little olive oil.  Now, I love Lebneh (our friend Walt wrote about this last year) which is a thick yogurt like spread that has a sour kick to it.  Rachel’s definitely had that kick and the pita they served it with was crispy on the outside with a nice fluffy center.  The order was large enough that we brought some home with us to finish off for lunch the next day.  For light eaters this could be an entire lunch (a healthier option too).  We do recommend ordering additional Pita ($1) because you’ll eat the first one very quickly with plenty of Lebneh left over.

My cousin ordered himself their Chicken Finger Dinner (pictured below), for ~ $8 it comes with six extremely large Chicken Fingers and a side of fries.  Even though the Chicken Fingers were pretty big and their BBQ Sauce was very sweet and tangy, I thought the actual fingers they used weren’t that great.  They had a weird crunch and just something seemed off, my cousin really enjoyed them so maybe it’s just me.

Overall, if I had an option like this when I went to UB I know I would have been a regular at Rachels.  The service was pretty impressive as it was really packed for lunch but we managed to wait only 5 minutes for a table to open up and then it wasn’t a long time after before they were calling our order numbers.  So if you are on North Campus and looking for something to eat….definitely check out Rachel’s, not only is Greek and Lebanese cuisine delicious but it’s often a healthier choice.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Rachels Mediterranean (UB)

  1. chris

    I’m famous.

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