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Dec 1, 2007 04:08 AM

Mediterranean, Delaware County?

We just moved to Media a few weeks ago and while there are lots of restaurants for a small town, we haven't yet come upon one of our favorite types, Mediterranean. Does anyone know of a place? For now I'll definitely settle for "ok+" rather than "incredible," tho' of course if incredible exists that's even better!

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  1. I moved to Delco a year ago and have yet to find anything. I am still driving 20 minutes to Bala Cynwyd to pick up all my spreads (homemade hummus, baba, etc.) from Aldar. I am dying to find a local middle eastern place.

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    1. re: lillotis

      I don't think you'd consider Mediterranean Grill exactly local -- it is in the heart of Bryn Mawr but is probably just what the doctor ordered. Not to be missed. BYOB.
      Aldar in Bala-Cynwyd is also quite popular with Med lovers.

    2. If you're willing to go a little further (about 22 mi.) then Casablanca in New Castle, DE has outstanding Moroccan food. It's a really luscious seven-course dinner that's worth the drive, although admittedly I haven't been there in a couple of years. But when I went, the place had already been there for about 20 years, so I doubt it has changed much. That was the best Mediterranean food I've ever eaten.

      1. I know this is an older post, so please tell me you have found:
        The Mediterranean
        150 W Gay St
        West Chester, PA 19380
        (610) 431-7074

        I have been telling everyone about this place, I love it that much.
        Best Mediterranean I have come across in the area, though sometimes the service leaves a little to be desired.

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        1. re: disarmmyheart

          Funny that you should be reviving this thread just now...we just decided a couple days ago that for my birthday tomorrow night, we'll drive up to West Chester (a little further, I guess) to try out Olive Tree Grill, recommended in another thread by you and several others. That looks to be more traditional Greek, which we also love. I'd done a search on it here on Chowhound because they'd advertised in the ad book of an excellent Greek festival we went to not that long ago.

          How would you compare the two restaurants? I'm not looking for anything fancy, just comfortable atmosphere and good food.

          1. re: lauracohenromano

            Actually, I have never been to Olive Tree Grill. Maybe you have me confused with another chowhounder, but it looks great, I will definitely have to try it & compare. Do let me know what you think if you decide to go with Olive Tree!

            1. re: lauracohenromano

              I eat lunch at OliveTree once or twice a month and it can not be beat , I have tried Mediterranean 3 times over the past few years and never really liked anything .....I wish I did as we live in town and would love another place to walk to

            2. re: disarmmyheart

              I love The Mediterranean myself. I live right in town so it's great b/c it's a 2 1/2 block walk and BYOB. I try to be understanding about the service only b/c I know it's a husband wife team, every dish is made to order and they often don't have any other help. Not an excuse but if you know that going into it it makes it a little less irritating. We just figure have an extra glass of wine (or 2).

              1. re: keby

                Also, their fish dishes are always on point. The husband goes and picks out the fish himself (won't let the local wholesale seafood shop pick it out and deliver it to him - he's big on quality.)

            3. You could travel to 10th & Spruce to Kanella and here's a recent review from a chowhounder (just above this post). I haven't been there since this past Summer, but really enjoyed the food:
              "finally went to kanella! took a group there for dinner last night. excellent excellent excellent! service was top-notch and our food was really, really great. we ordered just about one of everything on the appetizer menu (except for the meatballs, i think) and additionally got the salted cod special. it was such a flurry of plates and bites, lots of complex dishes and i can't remember what was what, but everything i sampled was delicious. and tho i didn't try it, people raved about the lamb in particular (though i think the couscous accompanied this one, and that was fabulous). for entrees i sampled the pasta, an entree salt cod special, and the mahi mahi filet.... all were excellent again. there was so much beer and wine being passed around, that i can't honestly say i remember much about dessert. we did get a trio of ice creams - i think mint, cardamom and lemongrass. the lemongrass was a little subtle for me, but the mint i remember being fabulous. sorry for the lack of details. i'll have to revisit soon and remember more!"

              1. Don't know much about it, but there is Lourdas Greek Taverna in Bryn Mawr;

                Lourdas Greek Taverna
                50 N Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010