What I ate
Starter platter of hummus, tabouli and baba ganouch (shared)
Greek salad, hold the onions, dressing on the side
My mom jokes that she spends a lot of her life on airplanes. With 2 grandkids (my sister’s son and daughter) in Florida and 1 in Michigan, it feels as though one of us is always in the air! On her most recent visit, we wanted a quick, healthy lunch option post furniture shopping for the two of us and my 11-month old son. Grape Leaves seemed the ideal spot. Visually, this place is unremarkable. It is located in a strip mall next to Whole Foods in Troy, but I had heard great things and thought we would try it out. My mom and I were both very pleased with our decision – the food was excellent.
We started by sharing a plate of creamy hummus, refreshing tabouli and smoky baba ganouch. This was served with warm sesame pita. All of these items were so fresh and outstanding. Hummus is a rather common food in my repertoire, but this hummus was special; just the right balance of flavors. I had a enjoyed a few generous spoonfuls of each with half of a pita. My son approved, eating more than his share of all three items. Mom and I each also enjoyed a salad of crunchy romaine, red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, a few olives and a sprinkling of feta. The dressing was delicious but the salad was so fresh that just a spoonful did the trick. I devoured every morsel, sharing the feta and olives with my little epicurean.
My mom has already requested a return visit during her next trip here. We will have no problem complying; I imagine I will be back even sooner. Since Grape Leaves is on both my husband and my route home from work, take-out will be tempting on a busy evening.