Middle Eastern Cuisine — an ethnic party in your mouth

Nov. 14, 2006, midnight | By Cassie Cummins | 14 years, 2 months ago

Local restaurant is tingly fun

The streets of Old Town, Takoma Park are dotted with local restaurants, each one unique. And while Middle Eastern Cuisine may not look like anything special from the outside, do not be fooled — it really is one-of-a-kind.

The most amazing thing about this local spot — aside from the food, of course — is the collection of aromas that fill the restaurant. The delightful smell of different spices and sauces waft from the kitchen all the way to the front door.

The menu, equally satisfying, has a wide variety of traditional Middle Eastern treats including the ever-popular falafel and of course, an assortment of kebobs. One rather unique, yet tasty appetizer is the fried zucchini. The warm, crispy dish includes lettuce and a thick tomato sauce that adds an unexpected smoky flavor. All appetizers listed on the menu, are under $5.

If kebobs tickle your fancy, the best kind at Middle Eastern Cuisine would have to be the lamb kebob, however all are delicious. While the lettuce, tomato and onion contribute to these divine wraps, it is really the smooth and flavorful Tahina sauce (also used in hummus) and pita that make them so unforgettable. Like the fried zucchini, the kebobs have a lovely, smoky flavor that will leave you wanting more. All kebobs are $4.50.

For veggie-eaters there are many options to choose from, one of which is the rice and lentils dish, but may not the best choice. The meal is decorated with zesty tomatoes, and onions, however they do not liven the bland and unflavored rice and lentils. For more flavorful options, one might choose from the list of vegetarian wraps, all of which are less than $4.

To complete the experience, either enjoy your food inside the cozy, softly lit restaurant or, if weather permits, grab it to go and take it to a nearby park. Either way, Middle Eastern Cuisine is a Takoma Park must!

Middle Eastern Cuisine is located on 7006 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cassie Cummins. Cassie Cummins is an 11th grade CAP student whose life is made complete with a hot cup of coffee and a long nap- preferably with Abe Lincoln by her side. When she's not doing homework or pining over her loss of sleep, she enjoys watching … More »

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