Al Zaytouna – Eastern Mediterranean Restaurant in the Italian Market

Al Zaytouna is a new restaurant in the Italian Market specializing in Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare. When it opened about a month ago, I made a point of stopping in. I posted this review on Yelp.

I liked it so much the first time I wanted to try it again. This time I ordered the hummus appetizer and the falafel platter. They had 2 types of fish on special – branzino (“king of the fish” as the owner¬†enthusiastically¬†noted) and trout. Both dishes sounded very good, but what can I say? I love the usual suspects.

Before I go on any further, I must mention that you should never underestimate the power of a positive Yelp review, because the owner mentioned that he saw my review and now has tzatziki available. I was delighted to hear that they now offer it and it shows that they are listening to their customers.

It really did make really good falafel even better in my eyes. The platter was extremely generous. It came with yellow rice, cucumber/tomato salad with a delicious zesty house dressing, and hummus. The hummus is the real deal. It’s smooth and flavorful. It came with several pieces of warm pita bread cut into large triangles.

It was a good deal of food for $15.95 total. I had hummus and pita as a snack later and for breakfast the next day.

If you’re looking for something different than the usual Italian Market fare, you can’t go wrong with Al Zaytouna. I’m quite happy they’re here and hope they stick around.

Picture Credit: City Paper’s Meal Ticket blog

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