Kristi and I had so much fun sharing our last Friday Food Date with you that we’ve decided to do it again. Get your taste buds ready for some Mediterranean food from your own back yard!
Last week a dear friend of mine, Jen, sent me an awesome link to “Five under the radar restaurants in Beaumont”. I have a short attention span, I know, but the first eating spot sounded so perfectly delightful that I didn’t get any farther on the list. I shouted across the room to Jason, “Hey, I found our next date”. And boy, had I.
Today we checked out Abbie’s Specialty Foods and Deli. It’s a Mediterranean joint on Fannett Rd. And get this: It’s a RV parts store too. I had to see it to believe it. This was our best lunch yet. I’m already thinking of an excuse to go back, for say a pound of olives or something this country girl finds exotic, like some coconut cooking oil.
I have a long list of things that impressed me about this place. Jason’s doing the actual food review, so I won’t double dip on how good the food was or how friendly and kind the employees were. I have to tell you that you walk up to the counter and place your order for a sandwich, pizza, or salad and then they invite you to grab some tea or a cold drink. They don’t watch you or write down what drinks you get. They also have baklava you can help yourself to. When you’re leaving, you just tell the cashier what drinks and desserts you had, and he rings you up. I know I can’t be the only one who immediately thinks, “Wow, I can have four helpings of baklava, and they’d never know”. I mean, they actually trust you to be honest without the fear of getting slighted by the customers. I like that.
As we were leaving, I noticed a copy of the ten commandments and a small poster of the 103 Psalm. We left and drove half a mile to Tyrell Park to finish off a date for the books. On a bench we read the 103 Psalm that once again reminded of God’s goodness.
Jason’s Take on Abbie’s:
Abbie’s is as simple as it comes. You walk in, grab a drink out of the cooler, take 5 steps over to the counter and place your order, grab a seat and salivate because of the smell of pita bread in the oven. There was a super nice lady who waited on us and gave us recommendations as to what to get. She didn’t even laugh at me when I tried to order my Gyro. I still don’t think I know how to say that right. (Gy-Ro….Hy-Ro….He-Ro?) She was kind, and also from Nederland, which is always a plus to do business with a neighbor. Since it was out first time to dine with them, she walked us through the process. “Just tell them at the counter what you had to drink and how much Baklava you had.”
They are very trusting. I appreciated the service with a smile. Friendly service makes good food taste even better!
There’s not much going on here, but that’s OK. There are things you can get here that you can’t get anywhere else.
There is a smattering of tables and chairs inside and a couple of tables outside. We were early to avoid the lunch rush. We arrived right at 11:00 AM. That was a good thing, too. By the time we left, folks were starting to come in and get their fix of Greek goodness. Most of the patrons were grabbing their food to go.
The place was clean and the people were friendly. That goes a long way toward making the ambience what it ought to be. I can do without silverware on the table.
Great Prices. That’s all I can say. I actually ordered two meals worth of food for just myself! Kristi and I shared it all of course. Most everything was under $7.
Abbie’s serves a good variety of Mediterranean dishes. There were things on the menu I’d never heard of before today. I didn’t try any of those things, but I’ll be going back. The market portion of the store is a cultural cornucopia. I picked up some legit Arabian coffee. There were imported items from many part of the world. AND this is the only place in America, that I know of, that sells a Ginger Beer similar to what I’ve enjoyed in Kenya and South Africa.
I think you’ve been waiting long enough for this part. Let me begin with telling you what we had. I ate a Humus Pizza and a Greek Gyro. Kristi had an Agur (a big meaty sandwich dressed with blue cheese).
First, the Humus Pizza blew us away. Kristi would have eaten the whole thing by herself if I hadn’t threatened here with my fork! Only kidding about the fork thing. I’m dead serious about the part where she would have eaten it herself! Don’t even ask me what Humus is. Just trust me that it’s super terrific and your tongue will beg for more.
The Gyro (however you say it) was tasty in its own right. It’s wrapped up in a Pita (a thick, delicious tortilla looking thing) and garnished with tzatziki sauce. It’s a yogurt thing and it’s great. For the record. I let Kristi have a bite and she liked it.
I ate half of Kristi’s Agur. It’s a big sandwich tasty deli meats and strong blue cheese. Come hungry if you order one of these. I’m not usually a fan of the blue cheese, but it worked with the combination of deli meats stacked high in a ciabatta bun.
If you get a chance, try the Ginger Beer. It’s STRONG root beer.
We finish the meal off with a couple of kinds of Baklava.
We’ll be eating here often in the future. We’re getting ourselves ready for our upcoming Bible study trip to Greece in September.
We enjoyed ourselves to the MAX today. After eating we rolled right over into Tyrell Park and strolled around. This was a great. For all of you SETX folks, Abbie’s is a worthy eating place. Stop by and fill up. Take your date over to the park and smell the roses. And if you forget to pray before your meal, remember the 103rd Psalm when you’ve finished:
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Check out these previous Food Post from our May Excursions:
Bruce’s Seafood Deli