Sahara Grille: A Vegan-Friendly Oasis in North East Ohio
Yes, dear reader, you read that correctly. Not only do the staff at Sahara understand what the word “Vegan” actually means, but on my first visit they actually walked me through their buffet and pointed out all the vegan items. If they didn’t know something for certain, they found out.
Their mostly vegetarian buffet, with a few exceptions, offers a great selection of vegan foods. Pretty much the only flesh-based selections are the Kibbie, fried chickens, and a green bean dish with bacon. A few items contain cheese or egg, such as their Zucchini Balls or Grecian Salad. Among other Middle Eastern fare, (vegan) Lentil soup regularly features in the buffet.
My family have visited Sahara many times since that first visit, both for lunch and dinner, weeknights and weekends, and have never been disappointed. Their falafels are fabulous. Their Mama Ganouse is mouth watering, and their Humos is Heavenly. My husband swears their Baba Ganouse is the best he’s ever tasted. When not serving buffet, the staff bring out pitas and vegan bread to dip in spice and olive oil. The bread is incredible! But my little boy’s favorite is the spinach pie.* It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their spinach.
Middle Eastern music plays in the background as you sit in their spacious, lovely dining room. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff go out of their way to make you feel warm and welcome. The lighting, music, even the color of paint on the walls, all create a wonderful atmosphere. And if that isn’t enough, on certain Saturday evenings, a Belly Dancer, Angela, performs for the entire room. This is simply one of the most enjoyable places you’ll ever eat.
*Do not confuse their spinach pie (vegan) with the spanakopita (contains feta cheese).
Hours: Everyday 10:45 – 9:30
Buffet: Wed 5-830, Sun 10:45 – 2:30
4794 Dressler Rd. NW
Canton, OH 44718