The Scoop: Trying to summarize Medaterra up in a few words is pretty tough because this family-ow...The Scoop: Trying to summarize Medaterra up in a few words is pretty tough because this family-owned establishment can fit a lot of needs. Casual everyday dining and people watching on the sidewalk patio, a romantic place for two, a place to celebrate special occasions, the bar you and your friends want to turn into your nightly spot. Medaterra is all those things and probably more. It's served its neighborhood faithfully for the past 13 years, becoming the local go-to dinner spot to dine on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean small plates and entrees, and American-sized cocktails. We're talking sangria, over a dozen different martinis, margaritas... Between the food and the drinks, if you don't feel like you're in another, way-more-awesome world then you're doing it wrong.
One of the true tests for quality at an Mediterranean of Middle Eastern-influenced establishment is how good they make their hummus. Well, Medaterra's Chef Aly, who hails from Egypt, has passed with flying chick peas. Owner Angela even said that's probably one of the most popular items on the menu, "Everyone seems to love our hummus." And it's no wonder why. The opposite of bland, it's hard to believe this tasty appetizer is actually good for you. In fact, most of the menu at Medaterra is good for you. "We have a lot of menu items for vegans and vegetarians," said Angela, adding that with over 20 years of experience, "Chef Aly makes everything fresh and pays close attention to ingredients." This is one of the reasons why Medaterra always has some rotating seasonal dishes on the menu. Although, fair warning, once you take a look, you'll probably want to order all of them.
And that same thing goes with the beverage menu. Going beyond full bar, Medaterra goes full party in that department. With a selection of brightly colored martinis that would make even Rainbow Brite feel muted, there's a flavor for everyone. Vanilla, apple, or for the purists, straight up. Not to mention, the sangria, which is not too sweet and hits the spot on a warm summer night outside. Try it with the lamb salad, although don't let the word "salad" fool you. This is a proper entree, filled with fresh vegetables and topped with goat cheese, smoked eggplant and large chunks of tender lamb. For the vegetarians in the crew, we suggest the traditional Egyptian dish of koshari made with green lentils and rice and topped with crispy caramelized onions and a garlic tomato sauce. As they say in Cairo, شهية طيبة. Although, bon appetit works too.
Mussels in Herb and Garlic Spiced Soup, $8
Baba Ghannouj, $7
Roasted Lamb & Goat Cheese Salad, $18.95
Monday - Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.