Mary Murphy, Contributing Writer
I’ve come to find that the students at UD often know about great restaurants I wouldn’t have been able to discover on my own. Last week, someone recommended Zeytin, a Mediterranean grill in Las Colinas.
I had been craving Mediterranean food and was unable to find any good Mediterranean restaurants in the area, so I was incredibly happy when she recommended this to me.
This little restaurant off of John Carpenter Freeway is the perfect place for authentic Mediterranean food. Although it’s tucked away amongst other various bistros, this is definitely the place to go.
When you walk in, you are given a choice of various buffet options on the left. If you don’t want to visit the buffet, be sure to head straight to the cash register to order one of the restaurant’s many great entrees, soups or salads.
A few of my friends and I ate lunch there to celebrate our last geometry class. Oddly enough, lunch seems to be the only time the restaurant serves sandwiches and wraps. I ordered a delightful gyro wrap for merely $6.
During lunch, the restaurant also serves falafel sandwiches (a vegetarian dish), a donor plate (beef and lamb), kebabs and curry. For dinner, Zeytin offers many more selections. Some of the many appetizers you can order are kisir (cracked wheat, tomato, parsley, red pepper paste, spices and lemon), patlican soslu (fried eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion and spices) and hummus.
The dinner entrées include several different kebabs, a tilapia filet and hunkar begendi (marinated cubes of lamb or chicken served on a bed of smoky and creamy eggplant puree). For dessert, it offers kazandibi (a Turkish flan), baklava and firin sutlac (a baked rice pudding). A waiter also informed me that during the dinner hours the restaurant sells hookahs, which you can smoke outside on the patio.
The best part about Zeytin is that all of the scrumptious meals are relatively cheap. The lunch entrées and sandwiches range from about $6-10 dollars, and the dinner entrées are anywhere from $12-14.
If you go to Zeytin during lunch hours, however, I feel obligated to warn you about parking. Since there are so many other restaurants in this little shopping center, everyone in the office buildings nearby is also there for lunch. This means that a majority of the parking is taken, and you may have to walk a little to get to the restaurant.
However, the struggle to find a close parking space is worth it because Zeytin is hands-down the best Mediterranean restaurant I’ve found in this area.
Zeytin is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feel free to visit its website, www.zeytingrill.com, take a look at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/zeytingrill, or even follow it on Twitter, www.twitter.com/zeytingrill.
Zeytin Mediterranian Grill
114 E. John Carpenter Frwy, Suite 100/ Irving TX 75063 / 972-887-2000