Makarios Kabob and Grill
940 20th Street South at 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
I came to Makarios one Friday afternoon with Sara and Carey. I’ve passed the place a zillion times and was looking forward to trying it out. I was surprised that it was an actual sit-down place instead of those order-at-the-counter joints. It was pretty busy, with the patio completely full, but we were seated in booths near the beverage station. Our waitress was nice and checked on us enough but not too much.
There are a lot of entrees (for more than $10) on the menu as well. Sara ordered one, and it came with a boatload of food because two sides are involved. That was a bit too much food for me, so I went with something a little smaller.
I tried Carey’s hommous, and I thought it wasn’t bad. There are plenty of pitas to go around (perfect for sharing), and they come out in little non-Ziploc baggies.
I ordered the shish kabob sandwich (well, it’s more of a wrap really) which was about $5, and then I added fries for just under $2 more. The fries were airy and crunchy on the outside, so they were fine with me. The wrap was okay. I did like the lamb which had an appealing flavor. However, the pickle were just weird and didn’t compliment the wrap well. They kind of reminded me of the pickles on a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Maybe nix the pickles and add more sauce? And more lamb?
So all in all, Makarios is fine for a reasonably priced bite around UAB/Five Points, but it’s not divine food from the gods or anything like that. And my friends will back up this statement, no doubt.