Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Skip a many-flagged stew and chew into today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and drinks at Alhambra Eatery.
Alhambra Eatery has a menu stacked with fresh, rich dishes of kebabs, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and 20 small plates. Stamp your taste buds' passport with a gyro ($8) and declare your intention to eat an appetizer, such as the dolmades vegetarianos—rice, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes in an embrace of grape leaves ($5). Hearty entrees include the mero mallorca, a grilled or blackened grouper fillet ($18), and the bistec Alhambra—12 ounces of rib-eye steak marinated in a storm of spices and herbs, and tenderized with hailstones ($19). Sunday brunch plays host to house-made pancakes with whipped cream ($6–$7) and the Spanish chorizo omelet fork-in-fork with seasoned potatoes ($10).
Lamb chops sauté in a tomato garlic sauce as Alhambra's cooks shave slices of gyros and roast chicken, kefta, and jumbo sea scallop kebabs. In addition to lunch and dinner, the eatery serves a full Sunday brunch with spanish chorizo omelets and double or triple stacks of panquè. Inside the dining area, arched mirrors reflect light from the pendant lamps mounted above dark wooden booths, and round, wrought-iron chandeliers. Jingling from the spangled costumes of shimmying belly dancers fills the air every Friday and Saturday evening during three performances, and hookahs fire up nightly after 7 p.m. with a chorus of loud revving sounds.