Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Regalia Cafe & Market
411 West College
Lake Charles, LA
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM $3-$35
Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
As hopped menu offerings, seating and market items have expanded with time. In the spirit of Lent I give you the non-meat items available. First of all I tried the Falafel Wrap. Falafel is a mixture of fava beans and chickpeas ground with herbs and spices. They are formed into patties and then fried. Put in a pita wrap along with hummus and tzatziki sauce, delicious. If you have never had them the texture and taste will satisfy a meat eater. It especially nice here because it is fried to order. Definitely my favorite thing here to eat. Next up is the Veggie Wrap. This contains olive mix, hummus, tzatziki, mozzarella and tabouli in a pita bread wrap. A light and refreshing alternative with wonderful flavor and great balance of flavors. Runs a close second. They also have a no meat platter. It’s items are a spinach, onion and potato filled kibbies, spicy tomato and rice stuffed grape leaves, a pasta salad with feta cheese and olives, mejadra (lentils and rice) and hummus. Spinach lovers will enjoy the kibbie. The contrast between the fried Bulgar and spinach make a nice contrast. The grape leaves have a clean spicy bite to them, my favorite on this plate. The pasta salad has a wonderful olive flavor and the mejadra rings true to a red beans and rice guy. The regular meat platter has change a bit. It now has the pasta salad and yellow rice along with sliced meat, regular kibbie and regular grape leave.
They also offer pressed sandwiches and meze (kind like a big antipasto tray of Mideast goodies). In the dessert department they have baklava, home made mamoul (a wheat and cream of wheat crust with a chopped pecan center (not too sweet)), Italian Ice and premium ice cream from a New Orleans company. If you like the taste of coffee you will flip over the Coffee and Chicory one. Speaking of coffee they do Arabic (Turkish) coffee here. You can find me most Friday afternoons sipping this ultimate fruit of the coffee bean munching on a mamoul (perfect accompaniment)
This is not a fast food place. This is take your time and unwind while savoring great coffee, food and conversation place. See you there.

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