What You'll Get
For years, Americans have wasted precious time and ruined countless electron microscopes searching for the origins of Mediterranean flair. Today's Groupon helps searchers easily isolate the source. For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic cuisine and beverages at La Shish Greek and Lebanese Cafe, located in Cary.
La Shish is a husband-and-wife-run café with a classic black-and-white tile floor, vintage lighting, and premium gravity. The lunch and dinner menus at La Shish form an atlas of traditional culinary delights. Lunchtime diners can fill the void of hunger with staples such as gyros ($5.50), made with the time-honored combination of beef and lamb and topped with tzatziki, the yogurt-based cucumber dip that enabled Jason and the Argonauts to row around the world in 80 days. Indecisive diners can choose one of the lunch specials ($6.25–$9.25), which mix and match regional favorites such as kebabs, gyros, lavash wraps, and Lebanese shawarma with traditional sides such as hummus, rice pilafs, and Greek salads.
The dinner menu begins with freshly made appetizers ($4.95–$8.25) such as the stuffed grape leaves ($5.25). La Shish's entrees are equally authentic and tongue dazzling, ranging from $9.95 for the Lebanese platter, a vegetarian dish including tabbouleh and baba ghanoush, to $27.95 for the La Shish combination for two, featuring chicken souvlaki, beef shawarma, and sides. The kafta kebabs, charcoal-broiled ground beef on skewers, are one of the recommended grill choices.
After having a final course of much-praised sweets such as baklava ($2.95) or tiramisu ($4.50) and quaffing a Turkish coffee ($1.95) or Lebanese hot tea ($1.75), diners will undoubtedly stumble out into the world quoting the elegiac poet Archilochus, who once wrote, “Let the shield go, I can buy another one equally good; for today I have discovered dessert.”
The News & Observer lauds the baklava, saying:
- ...this is the baklava ideal: a triangular tower of walnuts, orange blossom-scented sugar syrup and shatter-crisp phyllo pastry that so far exceeds the sum of its simple parts as to defy description. This is easily the best baklava I've had in the Triangle...And Dayan Said's tiramisu is almost as extraordinary...No wonder Nawwaf Said calls his wife's desserts the restaurant's "secret weapon." – Greg Cox
- The service was great, the dining room was cozy, the food was fresh and tasty, and they had beer & wine. The baba ganush was the best I've ever had. – mgoldman39, TripAdvisor
- Everything at Lashish [sic] is nicely prepared. The offerings always have appealing flavor with an attractive presentation. The hummus is the best I've ever had. – Alfista, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 16, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservations required on weekends. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About La Shish Mediterranean Cafe
Past a verdant forest of shrubbery, a welcoming umbrella-tabled patio, and homey bright red drapery, diners at La Shish Mediterranean Cafe tuck into sumptuous fare from Greece and Lebanon. Gyros crammed with beef and lamb lurk on the lunch and dinner menus, attended by tangy tzatziki sauce and a pronunciation coach. Entrees often arrive with house-whipped hummus and a Greek or Lebanese salad as well. News and Observer food critic Greg Cox is a big fan of La Shish, placing it on his “Hot List: Middle Eastern” not once but twice, and citing the baklava’s “shatter-crisp texture and golden brown color” as just two reasons why it is “without peer” in the region.