I think it was my freshman year of college. I was home for either Thanksgiving or Christmas and my buddy Michael and I were looking for something to do. I had been told there was a new 24 hour Mediterranean place in Fondren. Seeing as anything that’s open 24 hours a day and isn’t a Waffle House is a novelty, Michael and I went to investigate.
Inside was a counter in front of the kitchen and a few tables and chairs. Calling it sparsely decorated might be an understatement. I really don’t remember much about the gyro from that night, but I couldn’t help but think a 24 hour gyro stand wouldn’t work in
While a restaurant’s appearance is all well and good, the food is where it really counts.
One thing I always order from Aladdin is their falafel.
Granted, there are few things that don’t benefit from deep frying but the falafel at Aladdin are pretty damn good. There’s a nice touch of herbs and garlic with each bite. Unfortunately, I’ve always found the dipping sauce to be too watery. As a result, I skip the sauce and just enjoy the falafel.
Another one of my favorite Mediterranean dishes is fried haloumi cheese
This dish really has a rich flavor, mainly because it’s nothing but cheese and garlic that has been fried in olive oil.
Even though this is a pretty solid example of the dish, it still leaves me wanting, especially when it comes to garlic. Another odd thing about this particular haloumi dish is that is has an odd texture, sort of a plastic grating effect on your teeth.
When it comes to Mediterranean food, the hardest thing is choosing what sort of kabob. There are lamb, beef, chicken, and the subsequent kofte kabobs.
Luckily, Aladdin has the combo kabob with shish beef kabob, chicken kabob chunks, and lamb lula.
Like most things that try to be all things to all people, this dish seems to fall a little short with each kabob. The lamb is overcooked, a little tough, and has too much of a smoky flavor for the subtle lamb. The chicken is well seasoned with a fair amount of sumac but it is still overcooked. Lastly, the beef kofte kabob is like all the others, overcooked.
Overall, Aladdin is a pretty solid choice for Mediterranean in