I firmly believe that politics have no place in food. Where would you even put it? Fpooloticsd? Cmon. Thats gibberish, and you know it.
So if theres some political reason everything is Mediterranean now, I dont know it. I just know I like eating it.
And that includes Basil Mediterranean Cafe, 211 NW 23rd St., the new tenant in an old KFC and Long John Silvers building. The food is not, by and large, fancy. But I dont know anyone who goes out specifically looking for fancy foods. Im not acquainted personally with many princesses or dukes.
But even those lace-wrapped VIPs should be willing to slough off their doilies like so much snake skin and hunker down with a gyro ($4.50). Much like pizza, its hard to find a bad gyro, and I quite like the thin, crispy slices of meat in Basils iteration. One suggestion: ask for extra tzatziki sauce.
- Karen Villareal delivers at Basil Mediterranean Cafe, 211 N.W. 23rd Street in OKC. mh
For instance, the chicken souvlaki ($5.50), which is basically a chicken kebob in a pita. You want this kebob. The meat is marinated, so even though its cooked through, its still moist and tender. The flavor of the grill comes through, and its tasty at a primal level.
If you want something similar but with more vegetables and rice, the chicken shish kebob plate ($9) is what youre after. Its filling, and its probably healthy, which is better than I can say for most of my meals. Is the kubedeh kebob ($8.99) as healthy? I dont care, because its wonderful. Mix beef, onions and seasoning; pack it on a stick; and cook it. The meats still juicy and fairly overflowing with flavor. Much better than some of the chewier versions Ive found elsewhere.
I have, like Vanessa Williams, saved the best for last. The osso buco lamb shank ($12.99) is a big hunk of lamb that is only tenuously attached to a bone. Served with rice, potatoes, celery and carrots, its braised in the Italian style. This is not something you find everywhere, and I dont know why. One caveat: if youre getting it to-go, beware. Its kind of a juicy dish.