Past the Pita 

There's more to the Mediterranean than meets the eye

Ful at Goodness Land.

Tara Morgan

Ful at Goodness Land.

24. Take a Hummus Hiatus

Move aside hummus and pita, Boise's two new Mediterranean eateries are spicing things up with more unusual offerings. At Amir Mediterranean Food and Bakery, owner Luay Kayyali packs his vibrant tabbouleh salad with more fresh parsley than bulgar, along with tiny chunks of tomato, mint, sweet red onion and a zip of lemon. He also frequently sells out of the mansaf, a Jordanian dish consisting of lamb and fermented yogurt served over rice.

click to enlarge Tabbouleh salad at Amir Mediterranean Food and Bakery. - TARA MORGAN
  • Tara Morgan
  • Tabbouleh salad at Amir Mediterranean Food and Bakery.

At The Goodness Land, located inside the Boise International Market, owner Salam Bunyan makes shawarma by skewering hunks of raw chicken, slabs of lamb and citrus coins onto a large spit. He also offers lemony ful in hot oil, fried whole pompano fish and makhlama, an Iraqi breakfast dish with eggs and spicy ground lamb.

These spots serve more authentic dishes, but they don't skimp on the basics. Amir whips up some of the best baba ghanouj around and The Goodness Land makes plump, crunchy falafel with a kiss of cumin and a pillowy texture.

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