Cava Mezze (Barracks Row)

I’ve been hearing awesome things about Cava Mezze for a long time. I’m not usually into small plates, so Cava got bumped down on the list for a while. Since starting the blog and finding myself switching into a TRY EVERYTHING mode when out to dinner, I’ve come to appreciate small plates more. You can order a bunch of different things and everyone gets to try some. I suppose it can be annoyingly pricey to have to order 2 or 3 things to get a meal, but we had already had cheese at Sona Creamery, so a few plates were all we needed.

As soon as we sat down there was a basket of warm pita bread with harissa, olive oil, and kalamata olives also plopped onto our table. What an amazing start! We decided to start with drinks. The lady went for a glass of white wine from the greek section of the wine menu and I went for a cocktail. Unfortunately the cocktail menu isn’t on the website and I neglected to get a picture of it, so I don’t recall what it was called. But it was pretty!

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I do remember that it had jalapeño in some manner. It was tasty, but you could taste the green of the jalapeño and it needed something to balance that out.

As far as food, we went with the tzatziki, the falafel fritters, the chicken souvlaki, and the spicy lamb meatballs. I really loved that they brought everything out as it was ready, so it felt like we were eating progressively. We’d be wrapping up one thing and the next would show up, except for the tzatziki, but we just dipped everything in that.  Each thing was even better than the next.

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The tzatziki was the thickest I’ve ever had, but so flavorful. It went with everything we ordered. It was so good, we obviously forgot to take a pic before we dug in.

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The falafel balls were crispy on the outside and very moist on the inside, with whole chickpeas. The hummus and sauce served with them were also a perfect complement.

 

The souvlaki was flavorful and the chicken was cooked perfectly. It actually inspired me to make chicken kabobs for dinner earlier this week.

 

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The lamb kabobs were just the right amount of spicy and super flavorful. I’m all about some lamb recently. And really want to attempt to make my own lamb kabobs/ kefta soon. It’s just SO GOOD.

Everything about Cava Mezze totally lived up to everything I had been hearing. The food had those classic greek flavors, but even more flavorful and delicious than average. It’s rare that we have an experience where everything is amazing, but that was definitely the case here. I’m just sorry it took us so long to get there for the first time!

  • Favorite thing I had: The pita, the tzatziki, the spicy lamb kabobs.
  • Favorite thing she had: She liked that the falafel had whole chickpeas. She also really liked the tzatziki and her wine was better than she expected. Apparently greek wine has a reputation for not being that great? Everything else greek is amazing, I don’t buy it!
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: More of the cocktails! The mini gyros sounded interesting. The spanakotpita, the saganaki just for show. I will also definitely be hollerin’ at brunch soon.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): I hope to get this one into a monthly/ every couple of months rotation. I will definitely be making an effort to get back for brunch as soon as possible.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Anywhere on Barracks Row! We walked past Ted’s Bulletin and saw some really incredible looking desserts.


 

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