The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious chickpeas, tahini, and eggplant growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport to this legendary culinary coast with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean café fare at Panini Café, located on Fort Apache Road.
Using organic ingredients and a kosher-certified dishes, Panini Café’s menu bursts with vegetarian sandwiches, homemade Mediterranean entrees, and traditional Jewish fare. Kick-start a day with the Israeli breakfast, which plates up two eggs cooked to customer specifications and sidled up to three kinds of cheese and an israeli salad ($9.99). Diners can awaken tummies with appetizers including the cheese-stuffed mushrooms ($5.99–$7.50) or the Greek Plant, which snuggles together feta cheese and pesto in an eggplant sleeping bag ($5.99). The halumi sandwich blends deep-fried halumi and cream cheese on ciabatta bread ($14.99), while the panini special fits emek cheese and tomato between bagels halves ($8.99). Those wishing to sample Mediterranean flavors without the hassle of stealing Socrates's lunchbox can bury faces into burekas, puff pastries stuffed with zesty cheese and vegetables ($8.99).