Saturday, July 11, 2009

Aladdin's Eatery

Tonight SP & I met his family at Aladdin's Eatery in Squirrel Hill for dinner. I think I mentioned that his mom & her husband are in town for a visit, so the whole family got together for dinner.

I like Aladdin's. Yummy treats, not too expensive, lots of choices on the menu. And the desserts are terrific!!

But first, dinner. I opted to eat my favorite - ali baba pitza. It's a pita round covered with pureed eggplant as a 'sauce' and on top are sliced, grilled eggplant rounds, feta cheese, sliced tomatoes, kalamata olives, and oregano. This is so yummy.
SP had a chicken schwarma rolled pita . He said it was delicious. I took a bite and thought it was OK - my pitza was much better!! He also had a side salad with tahini dressing. The salad and dressing were quite tasty. The salad was lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta, and olives.
I was too shy to aim my cell phone camera at SP's mom's V-Nine soup (which she enjoyed a lot) and beef kabobs or at her husband's beef kafta plate!! And I couldn't really see the other end of the table. So unfortunately, no other dinner photos or food reviews!

Next, dessert. I love Aladdin's desserts. They are big pieces of dessert goodness and tasty. I opted for the tiramisu cake. It was very good, and also despite it's size and rich look, it wasn't too heavy/dense or too rich. I ate my entire cake, sharing a couple bites with SP.
SP opted for the lemon cake. It was very tasty - lemony cake layers with white icing, some yellow sprinkles, and a layer of lemon curd. SP's mom, her husband, and YS shared a piece of carrot cake, which SP tasted. All said it was tasty. I'm not a fan of carrot cake so I didn't try it - plus, I didn't want to ruin the tasty tiramisu flavor on my taste buds!!! SL visited our end of the table to trade dessert tastes. He ordered the strawberry cheesecake. I didn't try it, but both SP & SL said it was delicious.

On previous visits, we've shared an order of dawali (grape leaves), which I find quite tasty. For me, they're the right proportions of rice to chickpea to tomato - and of course they are topped with feta. I've also tried the sfiha, which I find very tasty. In fact, I'd love to order the ali baba pitza and sfiha but that would be way too much food!!! The sfiha's ground meat has a delightful cinnamon-y, spicy flavor to me and it's mixed with tomatoes and pine nuts - yum!!! Another favorite is the fatayer, a spinach & feta pita pie. It's also quite tasty.

I recommend Aladdin's. There's several locations in the Pittsburgh area, the menu is enormous, plenty of options, tasty food, and not too expensive. In fact, I think our desserts cost more than our meals!!!

Aladdin's: http://www.aladdinseatery.com/index.php

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