Dennis >Food & Dining > Babe's Mediterranean Bistro
Rte 6A, North Truro, MA | Directions 0265241.747172 -70.180234
Mediterranean in Truro – Babe's is a great addition to the dining choices in the outer Cape. It's friendly and unpretentious, and the food is carefully and and imaginatively prepared. The cooking is Turkish/North African in its origins, but the chef has clearly put his own mark on the dishes. My group shared some appetizers and meze--we liked it all but fought over the last dips of muhammara (a somewhat spicy dip of ground nuts, red peppers flavored with pomegranate molasses) and hummous. The meatballs were also outstanding. Main courses were tasty and substantial--we had several kinds of kebabs (lamb, chicken, tuna); all were very good but maybe the chicken was the most striking. The tagines (vegetable and chicken with preserved lemons) were well-done, with very flavorful couscous.
Wine list was moderate (two pricing levels: $22 and $26) and seemed interesting enough.
We were too full for lots of desserts, but the one we tried--baklava cake--was excellent. It's a sort of reconstructed baklava--ground nuts and honey, but the phylo dough is replaced by a spongier cake.
You won't find your lobster or spaghetti con vongole at Babes, but you also don't get the silly pretence (or silly prices) of some of the `fancy' Ptown restaurants. I thought it was terrific, and definitely not something you'll find elsewhere in the area.
PS Babe's is in the same location as the bakery/cafe of the same name, but the bakery business is gone.
Cradle of civilation cuisine? – Hey I just read all of Juliolugo666's reviews from North Truro, what gives, fella? Do you work at Babe's? A little payola? Anyway, The NEW version of BABE'S is delicious, I agree. But, please spare us the bulls--t of all the cradle of civilation rap. BABE'S has some real promise and is quite good. I look forward to the second season and seeing how the menu evolves. Let's see how it changes or doesn't.
Eastern Mediterranean on Cape Cod – In the land of lobster rolls and T-shirt shops, otherwise known as Cape Cod, there is such an enormous dirth of good ethnic cuisine that year-round residents will often make pilgrimages to Boston or New York to get their fix of real Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or even truly authentic Italian food.
All these worldy cuisines have always had a place in the restaurant game of the lower Cape, where Anthony Bourdain cut his teeth amongst the all-but-dead old-school Portuguese chefs, and now here-today-gone-tomorrow seasonal culinary school graduates try to elevate the tried-and-true menu of a local institution to match their own level of egotistical s--t.
Hey, there's a reason our clam and chorizo dish has been a winner for a hundred years. It's because some squint like you hasn't come into town thinking it needs truffle oil and gorgonzola cheese!!!
Now, whereas most people have failed miserably in creating an entirely new animal on Cape Cod, there is a new restaurant that deserves all the praise that it will undoubtedly have coming to it in the following years....
Some talented chef has re-opened "Babe's" (a local institution for many years as a breakfast place) as a Mediterranean and Persian restaurant, and the results are absolutely amazing. The food is across-the-board fantastic, completely re-creating all of the exotic flavors of the eastern Mediterranean without any overly fussy, or foo-foo-type-crap.
The Mediterranean is the cradle of civilization and the foods of those people are both ancient and important. Sometimes it's too easy for a restaurant to become pigeon-holed as a kebab salonu or a falafel house.... but when a restaurant insists on reflecting the true over-arching character of the mediterranean, and succeeds on such an amazing level, well...
Just go there and experience it for yourself.
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