Sharing a meal out strengthens family bonds in a civilized way, unlike invading the neighborhood block party and laying siege to the bounce castle. Subjugate your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Mediterranean breakfast for two at The Armenian Cafe in Carlsbad (up to a $51.30 value). The meal includes the following:
- Choice of two gyro omelets or scramblettes, gyros and eggs, or any vegetarian omelet (up to a $31.90 value)
- Two tzatziki dips (a $13.90 value)
- Two coffees (a $5.50 value)
- Half off purchase of a bottle of champagne<p>
Recently voted Best Mediterranean Fare in San Diego, The Armenian Cafe’s diversity-minded chefs deck plates with flavors intermingled from Lebanese, Greek, and Mediterranean culinary traditions. Mandible drawbridges lower for three eggs prepared any way paired with gyros—an amalgamation of seasoned beef and lamb cooked on a rotisserie, shaved into thin slices, and flanked, like an ill-prepared medieval knight, by tzatziki dip. Gyros cravers can also get their fix with three-egg gyro omelets or scramblettes. Vegetarian omelets include a feta, mushroom, and pepper creation, or a vegetable-patch-clearing mixture of spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, and peppers held together by strings of mild cheddar. The Armenian Café’s kitchen titans further pummel hunger pangs by accompanying each breakfast entree with grilled tannouri pita bread, house-made cottage fries, feta cheese, Greek black olives, and a gummy-bear rock band that plays “Free Bird.”
The Armenian Cafe
At The Armenian Cafe, chefs have mastered the delicate art of adaptation. Their far-reaching menu spans the meals of an entire day, incorporating many entrees that seem American at first glance, but have actually been injected with Mediterranean flair. What appear to be crunchy chips are toasted segments of pita bread; breakfast omelets can contain gyro meat and falafel in addition to morning meat staples; and pieces of cured Armenian beef sausage dapple mozzarella and feta cheese on the soujouk pizza. Even desserts receive the fusion treatment, with layers of baklava filo dough sandwiching the creamy filling of an Armenian cheesecake.
Of course, the kitchen also produces recognizable classics of the culinary genre. The chefs closely guard the secret marinade that flavors their rack of lamb, just as they do the recipe for the garlic house dip—curious diners have only managed to discover that it does not, in fact, contain spaghetti. Shish kebabs and pita sandwiches, on the other hand, flaunt housemade tannouri pita bread and pair well with sips of Armenian coffee and sights of belly dancing on Friday and Saturday. From 2008 to 2012, this mix of the inventive with the traditional has helped the café win first-place or runner-up status from CityVoter for Best Mediterranean.