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Best Middle Eastern outside of LA, 1/12/2018
from Santa Barbara
I am from Detroit, the hotbed of middle eastern cuisine, and have sorely missed it since moving here 5 years ago. This place is a hidden gem of authenticity that I only discovered last month. Not much has changed since they took over the American Ale spot, which is not a bad thing - it was simplistically beautiful. The food is well priced, with awesome happy hour specials. It is the best fattoush and hummus I have had in YEARS! The falafel is superb and the beet salad is delicious too. The owner can accommodate vegans as well as vegetarians with his menu. They have nice craft cocktails and local beer as well.
Something we actually Need, for a change
from Santa Barbara, CA
Ok, I'll not get too involved in talking about what Santa Barbara has too much and too little of here - (enough taquerias and pizza, why not better barbecue and real delis? There.) But this Middle Eastern hybrid is a very welcome addition to town. They took the American Ale space on Cota, changed the look minimally, and are running a simple bar and small plates program. There are burgers held over from the previous business, but more interesting is the fun Middle Eastern bar food: shawarma sliders, falafels, and other light fare, which are all very nicely done. Drinks have imagination, but without overkill. Pricing is fair; the staff is gracious.
Check it out -- I will return soon. Hopefully they will serve lunch as well as dinner someday, which is when I especially like that kind of cooking.
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