Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for the way its rich ingredients inspire innovative food-fighting techniques. Skillfully execute the Kebab Eye Jab or the Hummus Humdinger with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Middle Eastern cuisine and drinks at California Mediterranean Grill in Encino.
California Mediterranean Grill, which was formerly known as Amer's Falafel, populates its menu with traditional Mediterranean recipes handed down through several generations inside the secret compartments of pitas. Starting with a California Mediterranean salad, guests can graze on organic mixed greens intermingling with cucumbers, tomatoes, palm hearts, black olives, pine nuts, and chickpeas ($6.95). Heartier sandwiches include the shish kebab pita with grilled lamb, chicken, or beef served in a fresh taboon-fired pita or laffa loaf ($7.35), or the signature falafel plate with 10 spicily scrumptious falafel balls ($8.75). For a dentist-defying dessert, sink a sweet tooth into the baklava cookie’s traditional pistachio- and honey-filled flakiness ($1.85) or a slice of Sicilian-inspired tiramisu ($4.95).
California Mediterranean Grill has plenty thirst quenchers to help mingle the myriad flavors, such as Prigat, grape, or grapefruit juice ($2.25), or a glass of non-alcoholic Mediterranean black beer ($2.50). While sipping and feasting, gaze around the outdoor patio or inside the restaurant, where flat-screen TVs and contemporary décor inspire the stomach to finally end its lengthy strike and once again perform its job of directing food traffic.