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Great new(ish) Middle East food in Kansas City

china | May 29, 200305:52 PM

i think i posted a few months ago claiming to be a "bottomless pit for baba ganoush". well, i've found a new place to quench my eternal thirst. The Mediterranean Cafe is located on Broadway around 36th or 37th St, between Crabs on Broadway and Sidney's Diner. the spot used to be occupied by Pyramids Cafe, which served unremarkable (imho) mideast fare, but these new guys have been there since november. there's parking in the back - you have to go through the Blockbuster parking lot.

i've been twice since discovering it, and everything i've had has been fantastic! ESPECIALLY the baba g. wow, i knew i loved the stuff but i had no idea it could be that good! have also tried moussaka (exceptional), chicken gyro (just fine), and kefta (a little dry, but flavorful). we had a combo appetizer plate with great hummus & falafel -- just really flavorful. the rice, salads, and grilled veggies that come with almost every dish are excellent as well. next time i'm going to try the lamb kebabs (i'll let you know how it goes, Jane).

everything's made from scratch right there, except for the desserts and the bread (which they receive as raw dough and grill when you order it). i heard that when they first opened they were making their own tiramisu, but unfortunately when i ordered, it turned out to be the same frozen kind as in so many other restaraunts. there are a few other nontraditional things on the menu - a pasta dish, creme brulee.

give it a try next time you're in midtown. this is great food, and the people who serve it seem to really care about it.

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