Respond to Review of Oasis - The Falafel Joint
Review: As far as Mediterranean joints go in the area, Oasis is a totally fine, inexpensive lunch option. I like that they offer so much in the way of vegan items - baba ganoush, hummus, a few different kinds of salads, falafel, veggie kabob... (Stuffed grape leaves would be a nice addition!) However, their dishes are far from authentic. It definitely tastes like a Mediterranean place that's popular with the college students in Iowa. Meaning, the hummus doesn't have much in the way of cumin. The baba ganoush has none of its signature smokiness. And the falafel has the flavor of oil more than anything else. I agree with the commenters who said that the place could use a good scrubbing. It feels fairly dingy. That being said, if you're looking to grab a quick lunch that doesn't cost much with food that is totally satisfactory if not spectacular, Oasis isn't a bad restaurant to hit. Would this be my go to falafel and hummus place if it was in Los Angeles? No. But in small town Iowa, it's a-okay.