Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jordan Valley Cafe

This is a small yet unique eatery. It may seem simple with its soda dispensers plain wooden tables, but sometimes simple is a good thing. The wallls are painted with murals of camels in a desert and Grecian columns. Music plays as the waiters/waitresses bustle around getting orders. 

The menu consists of Greek and Middle Eastern dishes.

I ordered grapes leaves, falafel, and a fattoush salad.

The grape leaves are stuffed with a blend of rice, tomato, and spices served with a tzatziki sauce. The spices combined with the creamy texture of the tzatziki makes this a very tasty dish.

The falafel is a mixture of chickpeas, herbs, and spices that have been fried. I know that does sound a bit weird, but it is quite delicious. Even though it is fried, it is not in the least bit greasy, nor is there any kind of breading on it. So, it could actually be considered healthy.

You have the option of getting gyro meat on the fattoush salad, which I did. I did order the small, but somehow I ended up getting a large. Anyway, this is basically a Greek salad with pita croutons. Cucumbers added a nice crunch to the salad, while black olives gave it a nice salty element. As for the gyro meat, it was amazing. It was full of flavor and added a bit of umph to the salad.

If you want this salad, however, it would be best if you arrive early. It is a very popular item on the menu, and they sell out of it pretty quickly.

Whether you are a fan of the gyro or a vegetarian, Jordan Valley can satisfy either. One good thing about it is that you don't feel overly full when you leave. One negative thing is that they have plastic utensils. It is really annoying trying to spear a salad with a plastic fork.

Overall, I would give this a 4.5/5

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