My new neighborhood spot
Posted on 04 / 24 / 2012
Despite living down the street from Mediterranean Blue, I had no idea it was there. I found it here on Happy Cow, went for lunch, and just got back from dinner. I was clearly impressed with this little Greek deli. Not only was the food great and reasonably priced, Gail (one of the owners) was so incredibly friendly--and excited about my veganism--that I felt like I was eating in her home.
Lunch consisted of a pick-three-plus-pita deli case special for $5.50. I selected the hummus, falafel, and a collard/bean salad. Intrigued by the idea of Greek seasoned fries, I added a small order. I got out there for $7.50, which, for the amount of food, is a deal. Everything on the plate went well together: I was literally taking a piece of pita, plopping on some collards, a piece of falafel, a french fry or two, and pinching it together like a little sandwich. Gail also gave me a sample of her balsamic beets (homemade balsamic dressing!) and they were delectable.
Dinner was the Mom's Grilled Veggie sandwich: Grilled eggplant, zucchini, and onions served on a warm pita with a generous helping of the homemade marinara sauce. ($6.50) For an additional, 99 cents I added a side of the fries (and I never eat french fries, let alone twice in one day.) I had just finished a 5 mile run; the sandwich was bursting with flavor and--paired with the fries--was just what I needed to reinvigorate myself.
Counter service with food-runners. Laid back, surprisingly spacious with indoor and outdoor seating. I'm not really big on the "ambience" factor but I enjoyed the music they were playing and the clean, cozy, well-decorated tables. Also, they have bottles of sriracha on hand. (Which every restaurant needs to catch on to.)
As I mentioned, Gail couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. She joked that I'd be back, I could tell by her face that she hadn't expected me to show up so soon. I'm a really relaxed client, I don't expect much from my wait staff and I'd rather just be left alone with my food. All the same, it goes a long way with me when a restaurant owner treats you like a friend. I don't like any of the restaurants near my house (in the SoDo area) except for Chai Thai--which, while very good, is also fairly expensive. I'm glad to have quick, affordable food with an expansive vegan menu so close by.
Friendliness, Variety of vegan options, Affordability
Disposable plates, forks, cups, etc.