The recent news confirming that the Mediterranean diet is good for you gets us in the mood for some Middle Eastern food. And wine, too! Here are some swell spots to feast, guilt free.
Love the flavor bombs going off at this new hot spot on Capitol, the addition making this street a must-visit dining destination. Chef Garrett Melkonian isn't shy about seasoning, which means dishes are likely to stop conversation, replaced by moans of delight. If it's on the ever-evolving menu, order the braised veal shank with rhubarb, meant to be shared by two. Dare I say it? Even better than osso bucco, it's a preparation of startling depth and complexity. The housemade pita is heavenly, especially when dipped in the za'tar-spiked olive oil.
Octopus for breakfast? Hell yum! It's all part of the Greek-inspired fare at this Tom Douglas place at Hotel Andra. The spreads are a good place to start, moving the needle way beyond the standard hummus. Kebabs are sizzling haute and do not miss the stellar seafood specials, vibrantly seasoned and cooked with care. So healthy, you'll definitely want to indulge in an order of those made-to-order Greek doughnuts to end your meal.