Sundays in My City - La Mediterranee, San Francisco - November 21, 2010
I moved to San Francisco in January of 1976. Three years later, La Mediterranee
opened at its Fillmore Street location, serving its wonderful Middle Eastern
specialties. Eventually, other locations opened but I frequented the Fillmore Street
locale most often. If I had a doctor's visit at CA Pacific Medical Center, I would
inevitably schedule it around the lunch hour so I could stop by La Mediterranee for their
wonder Baba Ghanoush or a Middle Eastern Plate. Once, when my son, Jeremy,
had badly sprained his ankle at football practice and we were headed for the CPMC
emergency room, I called and ordered food from La Mediterranee, knowing we would
be having a long night ahead of us. Other patients waiting in the ER were very envious
when the wonderful smells emanated from our plates.
Friday, a friend drove me over for my appointment with my urologist. After x-rays, I
got the go ahead to come back on Monday. Edith and I had found a great parking
place only a block from La Mediterranee so I took her there for lunch. Since there were
two of us, we splurged on their scrumptious Mediterranean Meza for two, with a
taste of most of their specialties. I must confess, many of the items were not on my
no fiber diet. I didn't figure indulging once in all this time would be a disaster.
Interior of La Mediterranee
There are many colorful dolls decorating the walls.
One of many bright tile table tops
My friend, Edith, perusing the menu - her first visit here
Only water this time....but my medicines are finally done so I'll
have wine again soon!
Dolmas, Mediterranean Potato Salad, and Levant Sanwiches
Baba Ghanoush, Tabuleh, Hummos
Chicken Cilicia, Spanakopita
The entire meal was fabulous. Their fillo dough specialties are excellent - the chicken
cilicia has cinnamon spiced chicken with almonds, chickpeas and raisins, and the
spanakopita is a mixture of spinach, feta, almonds and onions.
For dessert, we had my favorite, datil amandra - a confection of dates and nuts, rolled
in fillo, served warm, topped with whipped cream.
How nice NOT to be in pain, for a change, and to be able to enjoy such a nice meal
with a good friend!
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