Friday, February 3, 2012
Raffi’s Mediterranean Cuisine
I've also had far too many meals of dried-out kabobs, flavorless falafel as firm as a fist, and stale pita bread. Meals that likewise left me saying "Why does anyone eat this food?"
As a consequence, I don't eat Mediterranean all that frequently. (A quick Google search of the 836 previous posts I have written reveals that I have only referred to one restaurant as Mediterranean: Pita Pita, a restaurant I certainly love.) But the other day I was helping out an old coworker of mine with something in Sierra Madre. We talked about what to do for lunch. There are several restaurants in that town at which I do not mind eating, but I have no desire to get food to-go from any of them. (To be fair, I feel that way about most restaurants everywhere.) He suggested Raffi's and I said sure. He ordered the chicken kabob plate and I ordered a sandwich.
Raffi's is in a shopping center in the northeast corner of Pasadena. (It's not possible to go any farther east; it's only possible to go about a mile farther north.) I ordered the food, drove up there (a three minute drive) and waited less than five minutes.
"This is mine?" I asked incredulously. The thing might have weighed five pounds and the total for the two of us was just a little over 14 bucks.
"Yep," she said.
Three minutes later we started taking things out of the bag.
powerful as basturma, but it can get pretty flavorful.) I've eaten soujouk on pizzas and slicked with olive oil on pita bread, but in a roll with pickled vegetables and garlic sauce has always been my preferred method.
The sandwich came wrapped in two separate foil packages, each containing a half of the sandwich.
I'm not ready to say that I love Raffi's after just one visit, but I certainly loved this lunch. That's a part of town where I don't really have any favorite restaurants, but I will absolutely return for another sandwich or two. They were fast, friendly, the prices were great, and the food was delicious.
Posted by JustinM at 10:00 AM