Eating the World: Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
This week we go to Lebanon, Israel and Greece at Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli.
|The combination platter at Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli.|
Authenticity-rating: According to the man behind the counter, the food at the Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli is "80% Lebanese" peppered with some Israeli and Grecian fare. On the extensive menu: an array of "try everything" platters, sandwiches, kabobs and desserts.
The in-restaurant market is filled with grocery goods and pre-made moussaka, meat and spinach pies, grape leaves and baklava ready to take home.
Read more about what you should order after the jump.
|The falafel sandwich.|
My dining companion was on week-long vegan challenge and opted for a falafel sandwich, which was filled with the same crispy falafel balls in my platter, with tomato, lettuce, onion and tahini sauce tucked inside chewy pita bread.
On Foursquare, several suggested the lemonade, saying, "it's excellent."
With that kind of commendation, I had to try it. Delicious, but quite sweet.
|The outdoor mural, the inside eating area and baklava.|
Order at the counter and then sit inside next to murals listening to Middle Eastern music, or at one of the 2 tables outside.
Vegetarian-friendly: A host of vegetarian (and even vegan) options including a vegetarian combo platter with meatless grape leaves, hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh is just one of the meatless options.
Note: The pita bread ($3 for a bag) is downright amazing. Light and fluffy, yet durable, it is my new go-to for sandwiches.
Read what the folks at Yelp had to say about it.
Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli is located at 3052 N. 16th Street from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
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