Tried this Iraqi-owned middle eastern place last night, located on Graham St. just west of Rainier Ave.
The kufta sandwich was quite good; meat seasoned with fresh green herbs and spices, with a very enticing yogurt-based sauce. I appreciated the additon of cucumber to the ubiquitous lettuce, tomato and onion, and the toasting of the pita wrap The gyro sandwich was well above average--same dressing and garnish as the kufta. Having an actual gyro spit is a big step up from the many places in the city that shamelessly serve frozen strips of meat. Fries were overcooked.
Not mind-blowing but very competent middle eastern fare, much needed in these parts. Will return for the shwarma, the handful of flaky pastry sweets (baklava and the more unusual burma, basma, etc.) and the vegetarian plate, which includes sambusa, apparently in the Somali fashion (there is a Somali market next door).
Mawadda Cafe (Rainier Valley). 4433 S Graham St Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 760-0911. Hours: Daily 10 am-10 pm
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