The first ChickPeas Kitchen opened in Davis, California, in 2014, using age-old family recipes – some taking as many as three days to prepare traditionally and from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients.
Clearly, ChickPeas’ customers appreciate the extra work. So much so that three more of the popular restaurant’s locations have sprung up (Woodland, Sacramento, & Fairfield) since!
One of their favorite features is the “open salad bar”, where customers can personalize their chosen entrée from 14 ready-made salad and pickle options, making each dish truly unique (and uniquely delicious!) All but one of the salads bar choices are 100% vegan-friendly, including favorites like vegan baklava, and vegan/gluten-free falafel, which are a big plus California’s health-conscience clientele.
The fresh-made shawarma is one of the most popular menu choices. ChickPeas is the only local eatery to offer organic, vegan, non-GMO shawarma that feels and tastes like the real deal. The handmade (and proprietary) Shawarma seasoning includes forty-nine different spices imported from all over the world.
The handmade (and proprietary) Shawarma seasoning includes forty-nine different spices imported from all over the world.
Founder and CEO Mike Ben Namer came to the US with his family while still in his twenties. A former restaurant owner and graduate of the prestigious Tadmor Culinary School in Israel, Mike found himself missing the foods of his homeland, finding the local versions disappointing in comparison.
The ‘fast food” techniques being used, like wholesale (and frozen) meats and pre-packaged falafel mixes, simply didn’t measure us, and he craved the hand-crafted dishes, fresh herbs, and authentic spices that he’d grown up with.
So…since he couldn’t find anyone else doing it right, he chose to do it himself!
ChickPeas Kitchen’s Mission: To make each and every customer experience as real-deal authentic as possible and to share the fresh, healthy*, delicious foods of the Mediterranean and Middle East, as they were meant to be served!
At ChickPeas Kitchen, the proof is on every plate, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our amazing customers are saying:
“After they handed me my paper plate of falafel balls, hummus, baba ghanoush, and pita I piled on the cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, onions, cabbage and yogurt sauce. So tasty and an excellent value.”
“The food is literally made fresh to your order. This was my first Mediterranean restaurant, and I am a fan! If you’re ever in need a quick, healthy bite to eat…please do stop here. You won’t be disappointed!”
“Fantastic food, large portions, good variety of veggies! Vegan, beef, and chicken options. Staff is super helpful and so nice!”
“I love ChickPeas! The falafel is amazing, as others have said. I also love to get the family platter. It feeds many people, is healthy and tasty, is affordable and is really perfect for take-out for groups. So easy and delish!”
ChickPeas team members clean, cut, and prepare all the meats on-site, so they know exactly what they’re serving to their customers, and they take great pride in the fact that 90% of the menu made in-house.
Says Mike, “We believe in letting our fresh, authentic ingredients do the talking. When it comes to authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, ChickPeas Kitchen is the place to go.”
This is Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food the way it’s meant to be, made by people who grew up with these dishes.
Fresh, all natural, and healthy ingredients prepared by experienced hands, and served with pride.
ChickPeas truly is the Real Deal!
*The Mayo Clinic has stated that traditional Mediterranean-style dining is “a delicious and healthy way to eat. Many people who switch to this style of eating say they’ll never eat any other way.” It is also recognized by the World Health Organization as a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801)