Sooooo, I took one for the team and went to the Jordan River Café (the place that has had at least five different names in as many years), at about 77th and Wornall Road. Overall, when it comes to small, kind of rustic bordering on questionable as far as sanitation goes, Mediterranean restaurants in old Taco Bell buildings, Ill probably stick with Sahara Café over on Metcalf. Ive always had pretty good luck there. Lately Ive been digging Rumi down on 39th though, which Id really recommend.
Got some carryout on my way home tonight. Picked the Mashawi Mixed Grill, which came with Beef Shish Kabob, chicken and lamb, that was served over rice, with boiled carrots on the side. The chicken and beef were decent, but the lamb was pretty tough with lots of gristle. The meat was served with some kind of dill cream sauce that wasnt too bad, but too much of the grease from the meats along with it didnt make a very good combo. It also came with a house salad with some pretty tired veggies, pine nuts, olives and feta cheese. For $15.95, not a good value. Okay, it sucked.
On the menu theyve got standard apps like hummus and falafel, chicken shawarma and gyro salads, and entrees from $9.95 to $17.95. Usual stuff like a veggie sampler and various lamb dishes, and some different things like King Abdullahs Favorite Dinner, which is described as a salmon filet poached in champagne and topped with shrimp and scallops in a royal cream sauce. Not too sure Id stray far from the standards if I were to go back. Should have taken it as a sign when they looked shocked to have someone come actually come in. Nice people though. The kid at the counter was very friendly. The tapestries on the ceiling, with pieces of tape keeping them attached around the ceiling vents, are pretty bizarre. Not sure what thats all about. Id film a John Waters movie there though, that would be a good application for the vibe it gives off. And, since you never see anyone eating there, youd pretty much have the whole outdoor patio to yourself if you wanted to kick back with some hummus and watch the cars go by on Wornall.
Theyve got some decently priced sandwiches at lunch, so who knows, I might check it out again. It has just been there for so long, with so many different names, and you never see anyone eating there....yet it remains....I have no idea why I even care, but Im sure Ill be back there at some point, even though all evidence, including my own experience screams that I should just stay away. I have no explanation, maybe its the dotte in me and I cant just be satisfied with good food in nice restaurants all the time. Speaking of the dotte, maybe the place is some kind of front, like Texas Toms and the Rose Flower Shop were for so long over by where I grew up. I must be losing my damn mind, sitting here reminiscing about Wyandotte County and the bad restaurant up the street.
So have a good weekend everyone! Looks like it will be a beautiful one. Think Im gonna go check out Le Fou Frog. Havent been there in a really long time, and am just curious to see what its like these days.