Restaurants & Bars

Lunch explorations: KJs kitchen and Mediterranean Market

janetofreno | Jan 23, 200805:23 PM

Both of these establishments are in the same strip mall on Spring Mountain just south of Jones (about three blocks from my new office!)

KJs Kitchen was where I ate lunch today. I must admit I find the menu a little confusing...there are a lot of lunch specials but apparently only some include soup etc...others are the same dishes on the regular menu just lower prices. (So that would be nice to share). I ordered the green beans in XO sauce: I must say I thought they were delicious. Just the right crunch and the right amount of some type of pork fat to make them tasty. Service was a little slow but in all fairness the place was packed. Prices are reasonable; I will definitely go back. They have seafood tanks, so some of the fresh seafood might be worth trying.

But I feel like the "find" of the day was the Mediterranean Market in the same small strip mall. They have a well-stocked halal butcher, as well as a lot of good-looking vegetables and fruits at reasonable prices. Some are varieties that aren't easy to find, such as okra and baby eggplant. They also have a great selection of fresh herbs at great prices (and a great variety for winter!) as well as nuts and middle-Eastern sweets sold in bulk (again, all prices seemed pretty reasonable to me).

The emphasis is on Middle Eastern and North African specialty foods, of course, including a wonderful variety of hummus, tahini, etc`. But they also have some Indian food items, notably a great spice selection, as well as Indian pickles, gram flour, dals, etc. I even spotted some Patra. I like this place; I'll be back when I have chance to peruse the selections without having to head back to work.....

Edit: Forgot to mention: This is in Las Vegas, of course.....

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