The third location of a beloved Mediterranean restaurant, Garlic Crush in Redmond offers an inexpensive and appealing meal.
In folk medicine, garlic was a cure for just about everything, and Garlic Crush is the ideal remedy for those seeking out an appealing and inexpensive Mediterranean-style dining experience.
16095 Cleveland Street, Redmond; open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.; 425-968-2539; garliccrush.com
The Redmond location — which opened this past summer — is owner Matt Jabbour’s third restaurant, with others in downtown Bellevue and Issaquah.
Lines have gone out the door at their Bellevue location since it opened in 2008, and fans will find nothing has changed on the Redmond menu — it still has its large portions and affordable prices.
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The menu: Choices are wide and varied, and include flavors from the Middle East, Greece and Lebanon. Choose from five salads ($3.39-$9.99) including the hearty Gyro Salad loaded with gyro meat, grilled onions, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives. Plates from the grill ($11.39-$12.49) come with your choice of beef, chicken, lamb or a beef-and-lamb combo, plus rice, pita bread and a house salad or lentil soup. There are vegetarian plates ($10.69-$10.99), and eight varieties of gyro, kebab and falafel sandwiches ($7.09-$7.99).
Don’t miss: The grilled chicken kebab ($11.99) came with eight large pieces of moist chicken with sautéed onions and red peppers, served on a bed of rice, hummus and their famous garlic paste to spread over pita bread. The beef kebab ($11.99) is grilled over an open flame and had a nice charred flavor loaded with spices. We enjoyed the hot lentil soup — great on the cold rainy day we visited — and the house salad has a nice tasting slightly tart, garlicky dressing. The chicken shawarma plate ($11.39) came with sliced pieces of rotisserie chicken, grilled onions and tomatoes infused in a savory yogurt-based garlic sauce on a bed of rice.
What to skip: The tissue-thin phyllo dough layered with pistachios and honey on the baklava ($1.79) were good, but the portion was rather small and eaten in just a couple of bites.
Prices: Chicken kebab plate ($11.99) with lentil soup; beef kebab plate ($11.99) with salad; chicken shawarma plate ($11.39) with lentil soup; baklava ($1.79); and one soda ($1.99) totaled $50.94 with tax and $6 tip included.