Monday, July 6, 2009
Lunch @ Leila Cafe - New Middle-Eastern Option
Leila Cafe is serving up Middle Eastern dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out the Meal Ticket review for links to their menu and a little background on the owners.
Recently opened, this is a great corner spot on Pine & 13th.
We were early afternoon customers and were greeted with a warm and friendly service. We were the first customers of the day and one of the owners treated us to free pineapple, banana, blackberry smoothies.
We tried Leila Maza, a sampler of appetizers. The Baba Ghanoush & Hummus were lemony and spiked with smoky paprika...definitely not a mild spread and very refreshing on a warm summer afternoon.
The second wave of mezze appeared...falafel-like kibbeh, grape leaves, tabouleh all served over a bed of yogurt-dressed greens, onions & tomato.
There was also fattoush, a chopped salad with toasted pita chips scattered throughout.
The kibbeh was very similar to a falafel, but with a little more spice...the grape leaves were lemony as well. All in all, the sampler was a good way to taste your way around the menu.
The had a variety of sandwiches (Gyro, Shish, & many vegetarian options) and desserts as well...save those for next visit.
Outside seating & Hookahs as well.