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mr.nelso | Sep 8, 200502:10 AM

Stopped in to meet this new place today, across from Tweedy and Popp's hardware in Wallingford, and took-out a "veggie combo" to eat with a friend. This plate sports the usual middle-eastern mezze: falafel, dolmas, hummous, baba ganouj, zahra. There were less pedestrian items on the menu, but I opted for the familiar, as a first test. Portions felt a little skimpy, but not that bad for $12.95. The Falafel were well spiced and quite tasty, with some bright flashes of fresh flavor. The Dolmas had some thoughtful and unusual touches: mint, and what was that other? The baba ganouj was very good, but I say that about all baba and this was no exception. Same for the hummous. I partly want to give it extra credit, but maybe next time... My friend thought the zarah was exceptional, but I think she was new to it. For sure it was quite good and solidly above average.
All in all, it was above average and serviceable, though I took the low road and didn't try the more interesting stuff. I wonder if "Palmyra's dish" of garlic wings come even close to Mediterranean Kitchen's? A good addition to the neighborhood and I plan to return to sample the lamb dishes. I think my impressions were colored by the pita, which was the paltry grocery-store kind. In a city with PFI and so many other good options for better pita, this is totallly lame, but it will not prevent another visit.

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