To be honest, I wasn’t looking for lunch when I stopped by the Mediterranean Grocery; I was on the hunt for Turkish coffee. Working on a tip from a friend, I walked into a much different Mediterranean Grocery than I remembered. Gone was the relatively small market and three small tables, that had all been replaced with a bounty of groceries and a full restaurant’s worth of tables.
After taking a seat, I was disappointed to find that Turkish coffees were not on the menu. Regardless, I was already seated and there’s never really a bad time for hummus and kibbi.
My first side was a helping of baba ganuj
Everyone’s favorite, hummus, was the second side dish.
It may not be traditional, but I love a really garlicky hummus. This hummus may not have been as garlic laden as I wanted but it was still very tasty. At the very least, it blows the hummus from Alladin out of the water.
Last of the sides is a fried favorite, falafel.
You can tell by the shape these weren’t made with a falafel tool. Each falafel was quite large, but I couldn’t help but think they tasted like a box of falafel mix. A nice compliment to the falafel was the thick tzaziki sauce, another victory over the watery falafel sauce from Alladin
After three sides, it was time for the kibbi.
Right away, I prefer the bomb shaped kibbi, but that might be because it’s fried. Still, I’ll gladly eat kibbi from a loaf pan, or Mediterranean meat loaf. Inside the loaf, there are big chunks of onion, but still plenty of meatiness to enjoy. I was a little surprised at how few pine nuts there were, but that’s hardly a fault. The only real problem with this kibbi is that after a while, it got a little too salty for my tastes.
Even without the caffeinated boost of a Turkish coffee, this was a pretty solid lunch, especially for the price. With more than a burger’s worth of kibbi and three sides for only $8.99, this lunch plate is a great deal.