Sassool Mediterranean Cafe
I received a complimentary meal for review purposes. All opinions are my own. See Disclosure/Disclaimer for details.
You can never underestimate the power of a mother’s love. Whether it is civil war or immigrating to a new country, a mother’s love and the fresh ingredients she uses to feed and sustain her family will thrive for multiple generations. This love for family and food is evident at Sassool Mediterranean Cafe in Cary. Sassool is rightfully named for owner Mounir Saleh’s mother, Cecilia who grew up in a Lebanese village. Cecilia who was lovingly nicknamed Sassool was forced to flee her home country when civil war broke out in 1976. Mounir’s love and dedication to his mother and the sacrifices she made for their family became reality when Mounir opened the first Sassool (Raleigh) on Mother’s Day 2014, and a year later the Cary location.
As a mother, I found myself drawn to Sassool’s family and healthy food philosophy that when I received an invitation to try Sassool; I knew I must bring the boys. My boys are your typical American boys. They love sports, Legos and chicken tenders. It can be difficult to introduce new foods to them, but I was determined to change up their palette.
I wasn’t sure what to get the boys at Sassool. While we stood in the cafeteria style line, I had a variety of choices to make– something fresh behind the glass or I could order off the menu. Mounir helped us make our selections. I stuck with simplicity for my youngest and ordered him a ham sandwich from their kid’s menu. It wasn’t your typical ham sandwich. It was a pita filled with ham and cheese. My oldest was feeling a little adventurous, and he ordered beef kabob with hummus. I like to tell my boys when we try to new food; it’s like visiting another country without leaving home. I ordered the chicken kabob with tatziki sauce, hummus with oil and olives and chicken salad. All orders come with a fresh basket of pita bread.
The food was fresh and delicious. My oldest gobbled his up, right away and enjoyed dipping the pita in the hummus. My youngest was a little unsure about his pita ham sandwich, but tried it anyway. I was impressed by the flavorsome and freshness of the food. The servings are large, and we were able to take home leftovers to enjoy for later. They also offer a large selection of desserts.
Sassool offers a large and inviting seating area with weekly evening specials that celebrate family.
Monday: Senior Night- Senior citizens receive 15% of their meal from 4-9 p.m.
Tuesday: Family Night- Receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of a large sandwich or platter from 4-9 p.m.
Wednesday: Wine & Dine- $5 appetizers after 4pm and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day.
Sassool wants its customers to eat delicious and healthy food in their restaurant, but also learn how to make healthy food at home. Sassool is partnering with Taste Nutrition Consulting and offering a make and take cooking class. The next class: Nutrition Bites-Healthy Eating in a Busy World will be held on Monday, January 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Sassool in Cary. The class costs $20, and you can sign-up here.
They boys and I left Sassool with full bellies and hearts. I’m glad my mother’s determination paid off, and now the boys can add hummus, kabobs, and pitas to their list of favorite foods.