Nutritionists laud the Mediterranean diet for being well-balanced and healthy, noting that habitual hummus-eaters can lift pita loaves 17 times their own weight. Behold the chickpea’s brawn-boosting powers with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean fare at Smyrna Mediterranean Cuisine and Café in Fredericksburg.
Named for the owners' hometown in Turkey, Smyrna Mediterranean Cuisine serves up a bill of fare brimming with healthy, home-cooked eats from the Near East. The menu is nearly three-quarters vegetarian and half vegan, allowing herbivores to craft meat-free paper airplanes. Handmade meals of red-lentil fingers ($5.95) poke at hunger pangs with a mélange of bulgur wheat and spices, and a turkish cheese roll ($8.95) lovingly wraps a center of creamy cheese in an embrace of handmade dough and tomato sauce. Most dishes, such as the hearty Turkish Breakfast— sucuk sausage and hot tea ($10.95)—or the feta-stuffed spanakopita ($6.95), claim their full-flavored heritage from imported products, emigrated from distant Mediterranean shores to preserve the taste of jetlag.
215 Kings Hwy.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405