Many students and faculty at North Carolina State University like to go to Nur Grocery and Deli, located in a strip mall on the corner of Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard. Mohamed Abdel-Hady, the owner of Nur Grocery and Deli, started this establishment in 1980 and has served inexpensive Middle Eastern food there ever since, though it was originally located on Hillsborough Street. I vaguely remember it at the old spot. Anyone else lived here long enough to remember its old location?
When you first enter the store, you see the deli counter at the front and the grocery on the left side going all the way to the back of the store. My friend and I decided to eat first and shop after we ate. We both ordered Gyro sandwiches. I had the lamb and beef gyro. It had nice chunks of meat in it, with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber sauce all wrapped in a pita served with a side salad. My friend, Steve, had the same, but ordered french fries with his gyro. I sampled a couple of Steve’s fries, purely for research, mind you (wink, wink). They were nice and crunchy and not too oily. But this food reviewer is trying to make sure she doesn’t gain too much weight while she samples all this great food, so I stuck with the side salad, which was a good little salad, much like a Greek salad, with black olives, red onions and some feta cheese served with a balsamic vinaigrette. The tomatoes, however, were bought in a grocery store and had virtually no taste to them. The gyros were soul satisfying. Good thing this place isn’t located near my house, or I’d be getting them much more often and that would not be good for dieting!
The food was great, especially considering the low price and quick turn around. This restaurant reminded both Steve and I of the little Middle Eastern joints up in Detroit where you could order a quick sandwich to go. They are not fancy places, but the food is good. Next time I will try the falafel or a spinach pie.
After we ate, I also strolled down the aisles of the store and was enticed by the rows of spices, canned food, nuts and other exotic foods. I had to go back to work, so I couldn’t get anything that would not hold up in a hot car, so I just got a few spices. Steve got some halva, which is a chewy candy made from tahini (or other nuts) and this, I think, had pistachio in it and had sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Eat sparingly as you may lose a filling from chewing on this as it is much like taffy!
Nur’s Deli is located in the Mission Valley Shopping Center. They are open Monday – Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday – Saturday, 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.