Aladdin’s Eatery – New in North Canton
Middle Eastern food isn’t new to the Canton area; we have some great eateries like Bombay Sitar, Kabob and Curry and Sahara Grille. But when we heard that Aladdin’s was coming [back] to North Canton, we couldn’t help but be wildly excited.
The folks at Aladdin’s Eatery invited us in to try some of the new menu items, in addition to our favorites, and we were happy to oblige.
Onto the important stuff… food.
Appetizers are full of fresh ingredients like chickpeas, tomato, scallions, olive oil, lemon and pita. Customer favorites are Kibbie (spiced ground beef), Tabouli (parsley and cracked wheat salad), Baba (pureed eggplant), Hummus (pureed chickpeas), Dawali (stuffed grape leaves) and Falafel (chickpea and fava bean patties). Try just one, or opt for the Vegetarian Combo, which combines a sample of each to find your favorite.
A unique menu item is the Pita Pitza; these thin, topping-loaded pitas are the right size for sharing between two. For a larger table, pick two of the pitzas in addition to a salad and a few appetizers. We tried the Farmer’s Pitza which was absolutely delish (very garlic heavy though, so bring mints).
To give you an idea of how serious Aladdin’s is to making a dish great, the Farmer’s Pitza has garlic sauce swirled with hot sauce, topped with baby spinach, yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, peas, banana peppers, cheddar and herbs – all for $5.95, which is a steal. The chefs aren’t afraid to add as many fresh ingredients as needed to make an item spectacular.
With a group of four, we decided to split the vegetarian combo plater, pitza and three other dishes from the menu – and we had a good amount left over.
Two of our other choices came from the salad menu; the first, a Red Quinoa Lebanese Salata with chopped tomatoes, red quinoa, cucumbers, green peppers, scallions, parsley, onions, olive oil, lemon and herbs (regular size pictured – $6.45). The second, Tabouli salad which is a heaping mixture of parsley, onions, cracked wheat and tomatoes seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and herbs (regular size pictured $6.50). Both salads are super refreshing and packed with antioxidants; but if this is all you order, I would definitely recommend pairing Jasmine’s rice.
The extensive soup and salad menu is full of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. For the carnivorous folks, chicken, lamb, turkey and tuna can be added.
Some of the heartier, main entrees to choose from are salad pockets, rolled pitas, and entree specialties. If sharing small plates isn’t your thing, order one of the specialties. These plates vary from vegetarian to lamb, from chicken to ground beef. Each is a little different than the next, but they are all balanced. If you’re a newbie, try the Aladdin’s Favorite Combo, which pulls together mixed greens, rice and vermicelli, and a sample of Beef Kafta, Shish Kabob and Chicken Tawook.
A Collyn and Lisa favorite: Jasmine’s Favorite. This entree is great for yourself, or shared among company. The plate is full of cooked beans, vegetables and rice, with wonderful herbs stirred in; it’s filling and hearty. To make it just a wee-bit better, add chicken and ask for a side of hot sauce – simple, but wonderful.
Juices and smoothies are a must-try as well. I don’t generally pair a heavy beverage with my meals, but paired with a light salad, these make a pretty healthy lunch. Fresh squeezed juices can be ordered by themselves, or in combination flavors. Juice flavors are mango, guava, orange, grapefruit, apple, carrot or celery.
Smoothie flavors include mango, orange, raspberry, guava, strawberry, carrot and a few others. Each blended with natural honey, most with banana and others with non-fat yogurt. You also have the option to add kale to your smoothie or juice to naturally boost the nutrition.
The dessert selection is pretty surprising. Resembling the Market District bakery case, Aladdin’s offers baklava, cookies, dessert bars and incredibly gourmet cakes at the front counter. The cakes can be ordered by the piece, or as a whole (for a special occasion).
With plenty of folks heading in the direction of vegetarianism and veganism, Aladdin’s has found their knack in catering to that crowd. Throughout the menu you’ll find a slew of meatless dishes, and some without any animal product whatsoever.
As a former vegetarian, I’ll vouch that finding a menu like this in the area is not easy. A few other place, like BAM and Robek’s make a great lunch or quick dinner for people with an affinity to veggies, but it doesn’t feel like you’re “out to eat.”
Also worth mentioning is the local art incorporated in the restaurant. The same local artist adds his flare to each restaurant. I say each, because there is more than one. There are actually four within our 20 mile area, and many more outside of there.
We aren’t normally chain gals – but these guys really think creatively about their menus and the updates they put towards their restaurant. Aladdin’s calls Cleveland home, so it helps alleviate that “big chain” feeling.
Plus, the Strip has been itching for some diversity in its offerings. As one of the most convenient places, aside from Belden Village, for workers to go at lunch, and shoppers to grab a bite to eat, it was longing for a healthy option among the steak houses and burger joints.
While it may be a little frightful out right now, during the warmer delightful weather, the patio opens. A nice addition to this particular row of shops and eateries, the patio will also include fire pits for night time relaxing and chillier months.
Check it out the next time you’re looking for a refreshing lunch, or want a healthy dinner option. Let us know what you order, and what you like best.
6698 Strip Avenue, NW
North Canton 44720
Take out and reservations: 330-244-8855
Aladdin’s Eatery Website