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Jan 25, 2012 08:22 PM

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.

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    1. 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.

      1. Funny that I never noticed the Taco Bell. I must have subconsciously blocked it out of my memory. I assume that this is across from the liquor store or Lariat Lanes? I'm going tomorrow.

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        1. re: GutGrease

          It's a little bit south of lariet lanes....actually on 66th. Right next door (east) of the flower shop. Let us know what you think. I work in the area and plan on checking it out next week.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: GutGrease

            Good to know. I checked out their website. It's interesting -- sort of a Middle Eastern version of Chipotle. This is not far from our home, so we'll definitely give it a try soon.

            1. re: Jordan

              What is their website? A google search only brings up this thread.

              I also am excited about a new mom and pop restaurant in my neighborhood.

              1. re: galewskj

                Apparently the actual name of the place is Aida. The website is

          2. So excited for more options and something unique is a HUGE plus! Looking forward to it!

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            1. re: MayrMN

              Just went for lunch and can report that is it very good. Never had Egyptian food and was blown away by the quality and flavor.My only knock is that to appeal to the Minnesota palate they carry alot of mainstream dishes. I wish they would offer more authentic Egyptian options. The good news is that if you call ahead and special order they will make traditional dishes like Fool & Koshary. I had the Kofta which came with Rice, flatbread and tahini. It was excellent. We also got the Shakshuka which is a special on weekends that is three eggs poached in a fragrant and spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions, red bell peppers and garlic topped with cilantro and feta crumbles. Also Served with warm pita bread for dipping.The flavor popped and my only compaint was that the eggs were cooked to well for my liking but I'm sure next time I could request them less done. If you have a sweet tooth you have to get the basboosa which is Sweet Honey, Yogurt cake soaked in rose water syrup topped with almonds. I look forward to calling ahead next time to get the good stuff. This place is a real gem.

              1. re: MayrMN

                My 3 yr old loves gyro meat these days. One of our favorite things to do is call ahead to order either a 1/2 pound or full pound of gyro meat to take home. They have a good kids meal too if you are eating in, and my daughter loves watching them cook the meals.