Stuck facing traffic alone during my Mother's Day drive home tonight, I pulled off the Northern State at a random exit - Mineola Ave. - to hunt down something to eat.
I stuck my nose into a Japanese (Sunday Sushi? Oops) and then a Brazilian place and neither grabbed me. Then I saw the Persian Grill, no doubt a converted diner, with a full parking lot shared by the neighboring Middle Eastern grocery and kosher butcher. From the street I could see the restaurant's tables filled with Mid East looking people - and it was nearly 10:00 pm. Bingo.
Interior was dineresque, bright and clean. Service prompt, casual and friendly. 3/4ths of the patrons were Iranians speaking Persian. After I ordered they brought me some warm pita served with sides of butter, raw quartered red onion and fresh mint sprigs. Delicious.
App: fried eggplant with tomato sauce and yogurt
Entree: lamb kebab and rice
With a beer, bill was $19.
Food was fresh, simple, inexpensive and served quickly. Apps $3-6, Entrees $8-15, with most kebabs under $10. Good quality rice - and served piping hot -not the broken and/or rehydrated garbage held tepid that you get at many kebab joints.
It's a nice bite right off 495 and N State, without having to schlep into Great Neck for Persian.
210 Mineola Ave.