Budget Crunch: Lunching at Pomegranate
Your dollar goes far at Pomegranate, a Persian eatery on Transit Road in Williamsville. Kabobs are available, of course, but adventurous diners looking to stretch their dollar and expand their food repertoire would do well to visit with an empty stomach.
On a recent visit, I opted for the vegetarian Eggplant Delight ($7), a slice of baked eggplant topped with walnut/pomegranate sauce. It came with a generous salad and rice with lentils. The salad featured a delicious house dressing made with fresh cilantro, parsley, and mint. My husband had the special pomegranate stew ($8 for chicken breast in walnut/pomegranate sauce and fluffy basmati rice). This entrée, while filling, was our least favorite because the meat was a little dry. My two-year old had the children’s Chicken Veggie ($5 included one ground chicken/vegetable kabob, basmati rice, and apple juice). The kabob was a big hit with our little guy, although older children or picky eaters might balk if the flavor profile is new to them.
Pomegranate is family-owned and operated. Their care is evident, for example, in the pomegranate candles in the restrooms and the friendly staff. Next to the salt and pepper, you’ll find a shaker of ground sumac—a classic seasoning in Middle Eastern cooking—to spice your kabobs.
The restaurant is located in a new building that also features a banquet facility and a coffee/juice bar. We headed over for a cup of Starbucks coffee and some Persian cookies ($3.50 for four). Dessert is also available at the restaurant, and the cardamom-spiced crescent cookies are a great way to finish things off at one of the newest, and most welcome, additions to the WNY budget dining scene.
4125 Transit Rd, Williamsville
Rachel Fix Dominguez is a proud Buffalo native who loves eating well on a budget and is excited by our region's expanding culinary options.