The Boston Phoenix
April 2 - 9, 1998

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Beyond bagels in Brookline

On the Cheap by Theresa Regli

Rami's is so excited about what it serves that the menu includes no fewer than 124 exclamation points. And yes, the food is good -- but even more exciting than that, Rami's is a place in Coolidge Corner that doesn't serve bagels. Instead, the staple of this kosher café and takeout counter is pita, that eminently stuffable Middle Eastern flatbread. And here pita can be filled with just about anything on the menu, which includes supergarlicky baba ghanooush ($4.45), smoky grilled chicken topped with chopped onions ($4.95), and all-natural falafel ($4.45). Rami's special ($9.45) is an assortment of kebabs, falafel, grilled chicken or shwarma, hummus, and salad. Perhaps the best thing on the menu is the falafel. Rami's cooks its falafel in pure vegetable oil, giving each ball a perfectly crispy exterior while leaving the inside creamy and soft. A side order of eight balls ($3.95) makes a great snack.

Rami's, located at 324 Harvard Street, in Brookline, is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call (617) 738-3577.

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