Cool Concept & Fresh Flavors at Rachel’s Mediterranean in Hamburg
This may come as a shock to some north towners, but Rachel’s Mediterranean is new to the south towns. Sure, some people have made the occasional stop at their Chippewa location, but for the most part good Greek food to-go south of the city starts with Rachel’s Mediterranean in Hamburg. The concept, oddly enough, reminds me exactly of Chipotle once again. (See last week’s article on Pi Craft.) Which is great, because I’m a fan.
OK This is the fourth locally owned and operated Rachel’s location to open under the Khoury family name. The original store, opened by Henri and Hannah Khoury is located in Williamsville, and from what I understand, is more of a sit down location. The second store was opened by Henri and Hannah’s son Joseph in Amherst near the UB North Campus – “a healthier, faster, and more modern approach”. The third location on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa is where the Family shifted toward the Chipotle style concept earlier this year. However, no seating is available at this location – take out only and late nighters welcome. The fourth location in Hamburg seems to be the perfect combination of the first three stores – quick service, delicious, healthy food, a modern well designed and decorated location WITH seating.
The concept is simple and up front – like I said, a Mediterranean Chipotle. The menu hangs above the fast moving line.
#1 Choose a pita wrap (wheat, white or Greek style), salad (romaine lettuce), or bowl (rice – brown or white, or pitachip).
#2 Choose a meat (chicken souvlaki, chicken kabob, steak souvlaki, gyro or falafel). The differences are in the preparation and marinades. Prices are determined based on meat choice, all around $7.
#3 Choose all the sauces, veggies, & cheeses you’d like.
Sauces: dill, tzatziki, house greek dressing, garlic, tahini & hot sauce)
Veggies: Lettuce, tomato, onion, bell pepper, kalamatas, banana pepper cucumber, roasted red pepper, pickle, parsley
Cheese: feta, shredded American
If you’re like me, this can be somewhat overwhelming for fear of ruining your Mediterranean masterpiece. I recommend experimenting and then returning often – at least that’s my plan.
At the Hamburg location, they have a spotlight item called Shawarma – their classic chicken & steak recipes grilled with their signature Shawarma sauces. They also offer a bunch of sides like hummus, fries, greek fries, rice, pita chips, and fresh housemade tabouli – a traditionally Arabic salad made with finely chopped ingredients. If you like parsley, you’ll love this. My experience with Rachel’s tabouli was flavorful and fresh – a healthy alternative to fries .
Grab your food from the helpful staff – they were more than happy to explain things in detail, and slow down the process so I could have a chance to know what I was ordering. The ingredients are fully disclosed, which makes for an artful display on the counter. They, like many others these days are working their hardest to support the local economy by sourcing ingredients from the region when possible. The space has a modern, cool design that I absolutely love – not to mention the Buffalo art. A delicious, original meal for $7? Count us in. We’ll be back.
HAMBURG3860 McKinley ParkwayHamburg, NY 14219716-464-3857
Open Daily11 AM – 10 PM
235 Delaware AvenueBuffalo, NY 14202716-768-3852
520 Lee Entrance, Suite 320Amherst, NY 14228716-636-0049
5953 Main StreetWilliamsville, NY 14224716-635-1100
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