Tasty Take-Out from Mezza
Iâ€™ve been sick in bed and unable to cook for a couple days (!), so my husband got us some take-out from Mezza for lunch. I was craving their Lebanese cuisine, especially hummus and tabouleh, but didnâ€™t want an entire serving of each as my meal. So — how perfect is this? — they have a Hummus & Tabouleh wrap for $5.99. Thatâ€™s what I ordered and itâ€™s one of my new favorite wraps.
Tabouleh is a salad-like dish made up of cracked wheat,Â fresh parsley, diced onions and tomatoes,Â withÂ an olive oil andÂ lemon dressing. For those who arenâ€™t familiar with it, itâ€™s somewhat similar to a couscous salad. Mezzaâ€™s version is light and fresh from the lemon and veggies, yet nutritious and filling from the cracked wheat. You can get a serving of it alone for $6.49, which you can make a meal out of, or share with a friend, along with some other appetizers or entrees. Itâ€™s delicious with their pita bread. Itâ€™s easy to make at home too, and you can often find little starter kits in a box in the organic ethnic section of the grocery store.
The hummus at Mezza is one of my new area favorites. Iâ€™ve gotten into making all kinds of homemade hummus the past couple years. Because of this, I am always tuned in to the proportions of lemon juice, garlic, tahini (sesame oil) and olive oil used, as it can really dictate the flavor of the dish. For $5.99, Mezza offers an expert combination of these ingredients, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with a hearty layer ofÂ SpanishÂ paprika. The consistency is smooth and thick, while the deep, nutty flavor has just a hint of intended bitterness. All of this is complemented by the sweet and smoky paprika.
We also ordered a serving of LabneÂ forÂ $4.99. Mezza may have my favorite labne yet. Their homemadeÂ yogurt topped with olive oilÂ andÂ herbs is smooth, thick and tart in the best way. I could eat it with a spoon, but I just scooped it up with plenty of hot pita. We didnâ€™t get it this time, but the TzatzikiÂ (LabneÂ with fresh garlic and cucumber) is worth trying too. It is lovely with Falafel or as a dip with pita or a wrap.
If you like garlic, be sure to try the Toom. Their house garlic dip is outstanding and even better than Sahara Grillâ€™s (formerly located at the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell, now Zettiâ€™s), which was a favorite among my group of garlic loving friends.
Mezza is located at 929 Elmwood Ave. If you miss Sahara Grill or the Falafel Barâ€™s city locations, you should definitely give Mezza a try. They have a little patio, which is often busy on weekend lunch hours or for a later dinner and into the evening, thanks to their hookah. If youâ€™re interested in take-out, call 716-885-4400.