Unlike jean pockets, which tend to leak when stuffed with hummus, pita pockets make an excellent airtight vessel for storing chickpea-laden edibles. Indulge in Middle Eastern delicacies without ruining your denim with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of Mediterranean fare and drinks at Ali Baba Restaurant in El Cajon.
The seasoned chefs at Ali Baba Restaurant cook up a menu of authentic Mediterranean halal dishes in a dining room lavished with colorfully tented tables. Feast on the deliciously silent lambs with a charcoal-cooked lamb kebab ($12), heart ($13), or liver ($13) accompanied by a smattering of tomatoes, parsley, pickled turnips, onions, and freshly baked bread.
Meat-abstainers peruse well-ripened vegetarian noshes such as veggie-kebab patties molded from a carrot, onion, bread crumb, celery, bell pepper, and sunflower seed mixture ($12). Pita-worthy pairings include the eggplanty baba gannouj ($5–$8) and crushed-garbanzo-bean hummus ($5–$8). End edible excursions with a piece of baklava ($1.50) and a potent cup of arabica coffee sure to leave imbibers more alert than a parrot in a shark tank ($1.50).
Ali Baba Family Restaurant
Traditional carpets hang across the ceilings above diners at Ali Baba Family Restaurant. Seated beneath them, guests dig into plates heaping with kebabs, shawarma, and hummus paired with freshly baked bread. Specialty pizzas are also available, along with vegetarian options for those who prefer to pizzas that aren't carved whole out of a large chunk of meat.
421 E Main Street
El Cajon, California 92020