- 599 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger, KY, 41018
- Overall User Rating:
- (2 ratings)
- 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday.
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La Badiya opened last month in the building that used to house Country Kitchen. Fans of the old place shouldn't go in expecting more of the same though; La Badiya is a Mediterranean restaurant through and through, with items like kafta, shish kebabs, baba ghanous and hummus filling the menu.
My friend and I stopped in for a quick lunch on a recent weekday to sample the cuisine and the smoothies.
The mood: I couldn't shake the naturalistic glow of the place during our visit. By that I mean, someone with electronic tunnel vision from being surrounded by blinking bulbs and computer screens all day might find La Badiya to be a soothing reprieve; the track lighting glows from overhead, but doesn't disturb the sense that most of the illumination originates from outdoors.
The walls are covered by various tapestries, while gold dominates the color scheme. The dining area include both large booths and tables. Two couples were discussing trips to Syria. Before we left, three other pairs streamed in.
The food: I ordered the hummus topped with chicken ($9.99), featuring beet sticks and plentiful servings of both title ingredients; the chicken is sautéed in fresh garlic and lemon pepper, which, when combined with the hearty presence of the hummus, made for an altogether different experience.
Elliott's shish tawouk sandwich ($3.99) was a "light and tasty" wrap which also included chicken (that wasn't overly seasoned, he said), and between that and the side of house fries ($2.49 - you may want to add salt if you're in a zesty mood), take-home boxes were definitely in order.
There are some intriguing dessert options, but we didn't have room for them.
Our server Kira's timing was on the nose.
The drinks: I greatly enjoyed the fresh taste to my orange and honey milk smoothie ($3.25). Elliott skipped the milk and ordered a make-your-own smoothie ($3.25) featuring apple, strawberries and honey.
The verdict: I like where they're headed; the menu packs enough to satisfy a quest for variety or for further developing your hummus affinity. Also of note, their hookah lounge is open until 2 a.m. during the week and until 4 a.m. on weekends.