Archive for August 15, 2010
We used to frequent Aladdin’s often, especially when they first opened. They were not a multi-state chain at that time, simply a Westside and Eastside location with very good, fresh food. Little has changed since they got larger. Prices have gone up, portions are slightly smaller and some of the ingredients could be better, but still not bad.
We always share the hummus. We find it rich and creamy and our favorite since the Middle East restaurant on Prospect Avenue closed too long ago. Sometimes we have the lentil soup. Michele likes it with the cheddar cheese, Jeff prefers the feta topping. For dinner, we have a lot of favorites. Michele likes the chicken shawarma wrap and the Fatayer Plate (spinach and feta pita served with a salad). Jeff likes the shawarma rolled, Sfiha Plate (spiced ground meat stuffed in a pita also over a salad) and on the rare occasions when hummus is not shared, the hummus shawarma plate that has the nicely spiced beef and lamb strips surrounding a pool of hummus. Each is good and satisfying regardless of how we mix and match them. Almost since opening Jeff find the Anchor Steam beer to be a perfect companion to this flavorful food.
Dessert is a must at Aladdin’s. Michele always moves to the display case to select something decadent. Desserts are now a bit more commercial tasting then they were initially, but a sweet is a nice way to end a meal here. Good, healthy and reasonably inexpensive. This is food that is hard to beat.