Aida Mediterranean in Richfield
[Note: the Chowhound Team has edited the title of this thread to read "Aida" instead of "Alda" Mediterranean in order to facilitate future searches].
So the Taco Bell at Penn and 66th has a banner saying "Alda" Mediterranean is coming soon. Anyone know anything? The Google is no help at this point.
We checked it out last weekend...pretty solid Mediterranean quick meal. We'll be eating there in the future when we need to grab lunch or dinner! I had the falafel sandwich and my husband tried the gyro. The owner was very accommodating and gave us samples of everything, since she is still in her soft opening.
We went there yesterday (Sun) for lunch. I'll give my recap below but to sum it all up, it was good:
As noted, this is an old Taco Bell but they've done a good job of hiding that fact. They have three big HDTV screens mounted on the wall with the menu, but were handing out laminated menus to people when they walked in....not sure if that meant that the electronic menus were wrong or not. The cooks make and assemble everything within view, so it's fun to watch the process.
There were already 3-4 other lunch parties in Alda when we arrived. The make ordering relatively easy. I think that they called it a 3 step process. Choose what you want: sandwich, platter, or salad. Then choose one meat, three toppings, and one sauce. I kind of liked that approach. We both ordered sandwiches of which you can choose pita or naan. They have a good assortment of meats to choose from. We both wanted the kafta kabob (seasoned ground lamb) but were told by the owner that he makes it fresh and so it would be a 20min wait. We both ordered gyro meat (sliced lamb) instead. Then you get to choose toppings. I went for hummus, feta cheese, and onions. As for sauces, I chose the jalapeno sauce. We made one of the orders a combo in order to get their Red Sea french fries and got everything to go.
We probably waited 10 minutes and then got our food. We both enjoyed our sandwiches quite a bit and the seasoned fries were great. Everything was on the heavy end of saltiness - which we don't mind - but it's worth noting. They did (I believe) use pita bread for both of our sandwiches instead of the naan as requested. They also forgot to charge us! I realized this after finishing at home but went back and paid. A new business has enough to worry about. They also seemed to be having problems with their credit card machine, so I just ended up paying with cash.
Overall I'll give the food a 7 out of 10. The seating area is pleasant and I wouldn't mind staying on the premises to eat next time. The service was a bit disjointed, but seeing that she just opened on Friday and this is mom & pop, I'm willing to give a lot of leeway until they get up and running.
In conclusion, I'll be back and definitely want to wait around for the kafta kabob and try some other topping/sauce combinations.