The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, who gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious falafel, baba ghanooj, and sambusa growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport yourself to this legendary culinary coast with today's deal: for $5, new customers get $10 worth of savory Middle Eastern fare and drinks at Taste of Jerusalem.
A fanciful flavor-fest furnishes the menu at Taste of Jerusalem, where authentic Middle Eastern delights are cooked fresh in heaping portions, capturing multiple awards. Tasty handhelds abound, such as the savory lamb shawermah bowl ($5.99); the chicken shawermah sandwich ($4.99), which lays savory cuts of marinated, spice-infused bird atop pita bread; or the ultimate sandwich ($6.99), a delectable stack of lean beef, lamb, chicken breast, and falafel strata. Leaf lovers will appreciate the earthy appeal of the veggie plate ($6.99), with its warm, dunkable pillows of pita, dolmas, and falafel, which elegant eaters can adorn with tasteful accoutrements of hummus and tabouleh. Upon completion of the feast, stomachs respond kindly to pairings of the eatery's luscious, aromatic Turkish coffee ($2.99) and rich baklava ($1.49 per piece, $7.99 for six pieces), a Mediterranean dessert second only to Poseidon's cinna-mussels in regional polls.
Taste of Jerusalem's team of neighborly nourishers are known to serve up dish after dish with a smile. Old City murals and framed photos from overseas remind patrons of the cuisine's majestic origins without ever trudging their taste buds through a dizzying bout of jet lag.
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Taste of Jerusalem Cafe
Abdul Nasser grew up eating his family's homemade hummus, shawarma, and baba ghanouj. He now shares his passion for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with others at Taste of Jerusalem Cafe, stocking the menu with fresh and healthy recipes based on the comfort foods from his childhood. Toasty pita bread holds everything from crispy falafel to marinated lamb. Chicken and beef kebabs, hand-rolled grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice, and flaky, rich baklava round out the selection of hearty dishes. The food won Taste of Jerusalem a spot as the Colorado Springs Independent's Best Middle Eastern pick of 2009.
The dining room is casual but bright, with lipstick-red chairs and booths surrounding the simple wooden tables. The sand-colored walls hold murals that reflect Nasser's Mediterranean heritage, including one of verdant palm trees and a desert city enclosed by a towering wall, presumably to keep intruders from stealing its falafel.
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