As another glorious day [NOT] has ended, I rejuvenate my mind by quickly reminding myself that the US soccer has made it through to the second round of the FIFA World Cup but unfortunately will go out in a blaze of glory when they face Belgium on Tuesday. So, as this wonderful thought runs through my mind with wonderful anticipation heading towards Tysons Corner mall in Fairfax, VA, The Meat Truck (yes, that’s the new name I’ve given my awesome new/old truck) was nearly pummeled by a stereotypical old Asian lady in a Benz. Really?
After nearly escaping what was shaping up to be a major incident, I calmed my nerves and decided I needed some food and a stiff drink, possibly more and not necessarily in that order. It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’ve been to several places since then but my total, absolute favorite is the Cava Mezze Grill located in the mall. So if you’re stopping off at Bloomies to drop about a thousand bills on some Choo’s, I implore you take the time and stop at this place for a quick bite.
The café style surrounding is setup very similar to Chipotle’s, but trust me, this place is nothing like Chipotle in taste. Cava, according to their website serves up “a menu of modern mezze – small plates – similar to what you’d find in a hip Athens neighborhood, authentic Greek and fresh local ingredients.” And they do a damn good job of it. If that’s the case, all I can say is:
KAYAK + EMPTY BELLY = ATHENS, GREECE!
Your order starts with the basics, rice bowl and salad, and a pita thing nobody really orders. Like I said, this isn’t Chipotle. You then get three choices of sides that include, Tzatziki, hummus, and crazy feta. Why’s the feta gotta be crazy? Does it have crazy feta eyes? Anyway, the hummus is exceptional, sweet with a hint of peas. It’s hummus! Let’s just move on to the proteins. You get one meat choice, including falafel, grilled meatballs (which would be great with spaghetti), chicken, lamb, and these glorious, succulent, pieces of spicy lamb sliders that are lightly spiced. I will say the portions they give you are the only thing that annoys me, but you can always pay for and extra helping of anything on the menu. You can also add some side items like tomato salsa, cucumber salsa, and olives.
In closing, this place is amazing. The only problem is, if you decide to go during lunch time during the week, try to squeeze in about an extra hour to your measly little 30-minute break because the lines can get pretty long. I just wish there were more of them in the area. Oh well.