Aladdin's Cafe-Casselberry, Florida

Fatoush SaladFalafelHommus with ParsleyTabouleh

Aladdin's Cafe is almost a whole-in-the-wall with apparently a greater lunch crowd than evening crowd for dining. This restaurant came highly recommended from friends of Paul's parents who allegedly visit the restaurant every time they are in town. I recommend this restaurant for people who are afraid of trying Mediterranean fare. I believe this might have been the best tabouleh I have ever had. The serving bowls of dips come with warm pocketless pitas or flatbreads to share. Certain individuals take an entire dish for themselves. For example, Paul had the falafel, and I had the tabouleh. We split the salad, which came last when there was almost no room for it except in a to-go box.

The hommus was special because it was served lining the edges of the bowl with a generous dose of olive oil and parsley in the center. The eggplant dip was served the same way. The two of us felt that the eggplant was quite strong and allowed other dinners to eat it. Amy said she has tried to make the fatoush salad at home because Alex likes it so much, but just can't quite duplicate the dressing exactly.

This is not a cheap fast food restaurant. The price for the sample platter of the vegetarian dips was well into the double digits. The meal lasted quite some time and appeared to be a one-man operation. There were 9 of us plus another table of three for only one server. Certainly the food and entertainment of the waiter (likely the owner because he knew Jack) was worth the time. But if you have additional plans for Sunday night activities, consider a different dining option just this once.

Eating Vegetarian: