Makarios

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940 20th St S (at 10th Ave S ), Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 35205

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers many vegan menu items including falafel, mojadara, hummus, ghallaba. Vegetarian options clearly marked on menu with most being vegan. Wait staff is knowledgable in veganism.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Juice bar, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by AmandaSuzanneTaylor

A local gem - Edit

I eat at Makario's about once a week. I frequented their south side location and was thrilled to move right next to the Vestavia location. The veggie ghallaba sandwich is my favorite item but I also love the falafel wrap or burger, fatoosh salad, and they have the best hummus in town. Friendly and welcoming. It never seems like being vegan is a burden to the servers. I would recommend this to anyone who loves authentic Greek food with tons of vegan options.

Pros: Several options, Affordable

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Great Late-Night Spot - Edit

Makario's has an incredibly friendly staff and a wonderful selection of vegan food! It always takes me a while to order because I have so many choices. The hummus, garlic veggie gallabah, falafel burger, fries, tahini sauce, smoothies, and juices are all fantastic, and they've got the best lentil soup in town. Bonus: they're open late on weekends, a rarity for most restaurants in Birmingham!

Pros: Open Late, Fresh Smoothies, Knowledgable Staff

Cons: Sometimes Very Busy

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Good choice! - Edit

I came here on a date. The atmosphere was perfect and our waiter was friendly and willing to orient us to the vegan menu items. The food was so good. We split an entree but ended up ordering a little extra hummus.

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Great meal! - Edit

I ordered the garlic and almond ghallaba and it was amazing! They even put French fries in it, which I loved. They definitely cater to vegans and they seem to stay pretty busy. Great food!

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Tasty and Affordable - Edit

Like many middle eastern restaurants, this place had plenty of options from falafel to lentils, and a really tasty fatoosh salad. Not fancy, a little dingy, but affordable and filling. I'd go back again. We got the veggie combo w/o the yogurt (tahini instead).

Pros: yummy, lots of options, great salad

Cons: dingy

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Great hummus, very casual setting - Edit

We were passing thru Birmingham and stopped for a quick dinner. Huge portions! Be forewarned. The dinner plates are quite sufficient, if not too much for one person. We had the hummus (smooth and rich), somosa (not sure they fit the genre but they were excellent), falafal dinner and veggie combo dinner (falafal, stuffed grape leaves, lentil thing, spinach pie). The falafal was very good (not the best ever wrt rich flavor); the spinach pie was so-so, grape leaves ok, and lentil thing uniquely flavored but seemed overcooked/stale/been stewing all day.

Wait staff were polite and responsive. Ambiance was comfortable but very casual (fast-food-esque). Bathrooms were disgusting (unclean, needing repair and smelling strongly of stale urine.)

I recommend it for a quick dinner. The falafal sandwich looks like a choice I should have made.

Pros: Good, quick food, Polite, responsive wait staff

Cons: Restroom facilities are gross

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yum - Edit

Delicious food and a ton of vegan options. We had a feast!

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Very good! - Edit

Makarios is a veg-friendly restaurant in the heart of Five Points, which makes it convenient to UAB and the entertainment district. It is family-owned, and you can tell they take pride in their restaurant. Every time I have been there, it has been very clean, but the decor is a little "here and there", like they couldn't decide what direction to take it. Part middle-eastern, part southern kitsch. The food is great, and I HIGHLY recommend their crushed lentil soup. They also have wonderful hummus and are very generous with the pita bread. Their chicken is always cooked well, with just the right amount of spice, and their staff is very friendly. If you are looking to go to lunch there on a week-day, be prepared to wait on a table, as it is a very popular spot for staff of UAB hospital, students, and UAB faculty and staff.

Pros: generous portions, prompt service, friendly staff

Cons: kitschy decor, very busy at lunch

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