Try this much-loved neighborhood spot's full complement of Mediterranean dishes prepared from family recipes or stick with safe choices – you'll find 25 flavors of wings and an interesting pizza selection.
Mediterranean comfort made with local ingredients. Tarts, fish, pasta, and salads are all achingly fresh. And the adventurous cocktail list is a nice surprise.
Turkish-born Nikki Kaya is the chef, and she is a chemical engineer in nutritional analysis by trade. The pita wraps come stuffed with lamb and beef, or chicken, and are generously filled with lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, feta, jalapeños, and tart tatziki sauce. Pies include spinach, and grass-fed meat that uses new potatoes, and onion, wrapped in a crunchy pastry pillow. Don't miss the beet salad.
Put yourself in the hands of an expert at the counter, and be guided through this menu. Composed of stews, salads, and kebabs, it is small enough that it takes only a few trips to sample its entirety. All meals come with hot tea and whatever dessert the kitchen whips up that day. These tend to be sticky and pudding-ish, but usually round out the meal in a pleasant fashion.
On the old site of Tamale House #2, this new addition to the South Austin Mexican food scene offers much of the same fare, as the new owner kept many of the ol' haunt's original recipes. Tamale Time is just around the corner, so give 'em a try!
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