Restaurant News: Mediterranean menu offers a healthy start to the new year

Gyro Delight in Lynnwood

Restaurant News wishes all our readers a Happy New Year. Many of us see the start of the year as an opportunity to make improvements. Lists include healthy eating and/or implementing a new diet and exercise regimen, regular gym visits and more. Everything seems totally achievable in the early hours of January 1, 2022.

Many of us, whatever resolutions we have taken, have fallen off the proverbial wagon, our best intentions have been abandoned. I gave in to temptation. Let’s face it, 2022, out of the gate, doesn’t seem like a fun year.

Current trends in health related articles say “It’s time to quit the diet”.

So let’s take a look at the choices at our local restaurants that will support our health and create happy vibes in our taste buds.

Mediterranean dishes are always at the top of the list of tasty foods without sacrificing flavor, texture and visual appeal. The advice to eat a rainbow is accomplished on the entree list in Greek establishments and other similar cuisine establishments.

Restaurant News recently pointed to a Lynnwood establishment that for some reason was overlooked in our previous reviews: Gyroscopic delight, located at 4029 196th St. SW in Lynnwood.

Healthy choices abound on the menu.

Avogolemo Soup

Our first item was a serving of Avgolemono soup, which literally translates to “egg-lemon.” Made with egg yolk and lemon juice mixed with broth, heated until it thickens, this soup is found in Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Balkan and Judeo-Italian cuisine.

At Gyro Delight, the lemony citrus soup includes tender grains of arborio rice.

Greek salad

We opted for a large Greek salad, accompanied by a few triangles of toasted pita bread. Fresh greens, tomatoes, olives and thin slices of red onion were dressed in a tangy mix of Evo, vinegar and herbs. Finely grated feta cheese topped the salad dressing. My husband, who does much of our dressing at home, cooked everything, which is very complimentary.

Gyroscope Falafel

My husband also happens to be a non-meat eater and his sandwich was a vegetarian option. He really enjoyed his falafel gyro. Appreciation for the tender filling, slightly crispy exterior of a good falafel. Lots of fresh vegetables were wrapped in the tender pita and a generous application of tzatziki sauce made it disappear quickly.

Chicken Souvlaki
Lamb souvlaki

Two choices of souvlaki completed our order. The versions chosen were the premium chicken and lamb. Either way, the generous cuts of meat were well seasoned, tender, and hearty enough that the price per sandwich was a bargain. Both sandwiches had lots of fresh vegetables and tzatziki sauce.

Two kinds of baklava

And, of course, dessert had to be ordered. I heard that the baklava came in two choices, one of which was completely coated in dark chocolate. Both were tasty and the chocolate coating sealed in lots of flavor without affecting the crispy texture. With a nod to healthier eating, I limited myself to one piece of each, shared with the rest of my family.

Here is a quick list of other places that offer Mediterranean cuisine in our area. Use the search bar on our website to find reviews of these establishments.

(Readers: Feel free to share additional spots in the comments section, if we missed your favorites.)

Fork Mediterranean Grill, 21919 66th Ave. W.Ste. G, Mountlake Terrace:

Caravan Kebab, 9711 Firdale Ave. Ste 50, Edmonds: (Beware readers who always stick to their plans – Caravan Kebab is currently offering customers a dessert… courtesy of the house!)

Epulo Bistro, 190 Sunset, Ste. B, to Edmonds:

Aleppo Kitchen, 6815 196th St. SW Ste G, Lynnwood:

Gyro Crush, 16911 Rte 99, Suite 103, Lynnwood:

Demetetris Woodstone Taverna, 101 Main Street, Edmonds:

Café Neo, 21108 Route 99, Edmonds:

— By Kathy Passage

A gourmet specialtyA food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has an in-depth knowledge of food and the special qualities of the ingredients used in the exquisite products she has helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique “other side of the plate” perspective to writing on the food and dining scene in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

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