Went out to Mystic Grill today in La Mesa. Read a rave about it from Naomi Wise, and we were quite happy with our experience. The falafel blows Mama's away - light, crispy, not heavy and dense. They have a hot sauce they'll give if you ask, which adds a great kick to the falafel.
We also sampled the spinach pie and the grilled trout. Spinach pie was reminiscent of Mama's in seasoning, but was wrapped in a thicker crust that was a bit more bread-like than the flatbread wrap at Mama's. The trout was seasoned with lemon, garlic, and sumac, with turmeric-seasoned rice, hummus, and a small salad w/ veggies and feta. Salad was meh, but the rest of the plate was very tasty.
We also tried the free samples of house-made baklava and farina cake. Both were very good and fresher-tasting than Mama's. I know this sounds like Mama's-bashing, but there's no denying the greater freshness of the food and the superior cooking chops. Prices were very reasonable, too. We'll definitely be back.
6990 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941