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Houston Voice, June 10, 2005 - File 015. 2005-06-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2763/show/2752.

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Title Houston Voice, June 10, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 10, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript M JUNE 10,2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE SILVFrtLABEL HOW QUEER ARE WE! C dining ja chapman Wafer-thin baked pita, intoxicating baba ganouj and hummos that passes the litmus test, make the new Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine a jewel in Montrose. A Mediterranean Jewel QUEER AS FOLK — CLUB BABYLON 2 X CD mixed by Abel & Chris Cox ■—i the hit TV series j ,,-dya Day, Can Cox & Murk QAF - Ancient Babylon Tour with Manny Lehman and Abel TONY MORAN — TOUR DE BEATS -n Sydney to Brazil, N.Y. to L.A. and everything ki between. r De Beats brings you the latest sounds from Tony Moran ALSO AVAILABLE ON SILVER LABEL SL -5ILVFALA3EL QUI I n A-i 1 Ol K niF wto :t AftON ALADDIN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE is a jewel in the heart of Montrose. The folks who run Fadi's have recently opened Aladdin on the corner of Montrose and Westheimer. It offers many of the same items as the original Fadi's, in a casual cafeteria-style setting. Aladdin has an opulent feel, but the prices are reasonable. Arched doorways, tile floors, hand painted murals and beaded chandeliers all contribute to the exotic ambience. An alcove-sized room in the back with two tables and a fireplace offers privacy for small groups. All the dishes are on display in the serving line. It's worth perusing the offerings before ordering, as the variety is staggering and many of the items are unusual. The set up is simple. The menu is hanging above the trays at the start of the line. Choose a combination plate, a sandwich, or just order a la carte. Grab your silverware, fill a basket with some delicious wafer-thin baked pita bread to snack on, and tell the server behind the counter your menu choice. They'll walk you through the rest of the line. The Aladdin's platter combo plate ($8.99) is a good place to start. It comes with a meat entree and two veggie orders (three veggies for $9.99). The braised lamb shank is one of the house specialties and definitely worth a try if you're a lamb fan. It's cooked slowly so the meat just falls off the bone. One lamb shank is a huge portion, as are most servings at Aladdin. The falafel dish ($7.99) is another good option. Three falafel balls are served with tahini and accompanied by a dip and salad of your choice. The falafel is made fresh when you order it, so you'll have to wait a few minutes for it to arrive. But it's crispy and warm and worth the wait. Hummos is the litmus test for a Mediterranean restaurant, and Aladdin delivers in spades. The dips are the first items in the serving line, and await your selection on large, tantalizing platters. The hummos is a bit thin, but boasts a bold lemony flavor and is a zesty accompaniment to any meal. The server will top it with paprika and olive oil, if you like. THE HUMMOS IS EXCELLENT, BUT MY personal favorite is the baba ganouj, a garlicky eggplant dip. Aladdin's version possesses a deep, dark smokiness that conjures up visions of cooking over an open flame. When accompanied by some of the thick, hot pita bread, fresh from the brick oven, it's intoxicating. Don't miss the eggplant stuffed with a spinach and feta cheese sauce. A few pinenuts add texture for a rich, exotic treat. Standards such as tabouli and a chopped p F*^P| r~^ Vlacldm '\II^>*<^'~^ A ^ MEDITERRANEAN*^^**fl S. | CUISINE _^| i^feitM cucumber salad are expertly executed, with fresh ingredients and bright, bold flavors. Not everything is top notch. The ultimate shawarma sandwich ($5.49) - a mix- ture of beef and chicken- proved disappointing as the beef was unfortunately tough. The chicken was tender and tasty though, and the tangy yogurt sauce and pickles added flavor. It came wrapped in tin foil, perfect for lunch on the go. The chicken kabob - which, like the falafel, is prepared when you order it, so expect to wait - was tender and spicy and worth the extra time. But the spinach I selected as a side dish was limp and unimpressive. Go with the tender fried cauliflower or the tangy eggplant instead. A meat and two veggies plus a soft drink were offered as a lunch special ($8.49) - an exceptionally good value. Don't forget to save room for dessert. Aladdin has a wide variety of baklava ($1.59), including both walnut and pistachio versions without the sticky honey, and a cream baklava ($1.99) that melts in your mouth. They're the perfect end to your Mediterranean meal. The service is prompt and friendly, and Aladdin is open until 3 a.m. on weekends. With an outdoor patio overlooking aU the Montrose action, Aladdin is the perfect spot for a late-night nosh. Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine 912 Westheimer 713-942-2321 Food: MMM* Service: MMMM Value: MMM* Scene: MM Ml/2 *r = Stay home and eat cereal M M = Well, if you really must M M M - Fine for all but the finicky M M M M =Worth more than a 20-minute drive M M M M M =As good as you'll find in this city
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