Mediterranean, classic meals can be had for less than $10

Posted September 30, 2008

Viewers recommended Neomonde in Morrisville for its affordable fare.

The restaurant started as a bakery in the 1970s making traditional Lebanese bread. Now, they produce artisan and traditional breads to compliment a growing café menu.

The cuisine is fast, casual Mediterranean.

Sam Saleh, one of the four brothers running the business, says most menu items are under $10 and everything is made by hand on the premises.

"We offer what we grew up eating in Lebanon," he said. "The consumer really has caught on that the Lebanese food, Mediterranean food is a healthy diet."

A Neomonde platter, packed with tabbouleh, hummus and pita, baba ghanouj and stuffed grape leaves, with a drink and tax, can be had for for $9.68.

At the Parkside Café in Pine Level, they specialize in old-fashioned country cooking.

The owners are very proud of their perfect sanitation score and their budget-friendly daily specials.

Trout with veggies, hush puppies and tea can be had for $8.75.

Tookie's Grill in Raleigh started out at a gas station.

When the demand for their chicken salad and other favorites outgrew the service station, they moved to Seaboard Station where they still serve that chicken salad sandwich. With a drink and tax, it's just $7.54


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