Cuisine is part of what defines the Mediterranean, which is why word studiers often find pita morsels and flattened falafel when they open a dictionary to the letter M. Enjoy 3-D culinary definitions with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of casual fare and drinks at Babalou's Mediterranean in Walnut Creek.
Babalou's Mediterranean's kitchen team cooks up a bodacious bounty of traditional Mediterranean sandwiches, kebabs, and hummus inventions catalogued on the extensive menu. The tortilla-pita hybrid lavash envelops a sacred cargo of marinated meat morsels adorned with tomatoes, parsley, seasoned onions, and tahini ($7.50 chicken, $7.95 lamb). Assuage herbivorous hankerings with the deluxe falafel plate, a solid arrangement of the crisp meatless meatballs and fresh cucumber salad, with a back-up duo of eggplant and potatoes ($6.95), or sink gum ornaments into dolma, grape leaves stuffed with veggies and tahini ($5.90). Feel free to follow up a tasty cuisine with a tasty mouth warmer, such as a cup of turkish coffee ($2.25) or a cheek-rub against a sugar-slathered furnace.
Babalou's Mediterranean's dining space is casual and bright, like a khaki-clad Einstein. Hand-painted wall murals depict happy scenes of life on the Mediterranean, from musicians playing seaside to dolphins leaping through the air, and a vibrant azure hue permeates the eatery with an aquatic motif.