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Epulo, Aleppo, and Caravan Kebab are tempting

 

Last updated 9/3/2020 at 8:11am



Restaurants throughout the region have interpreted the state guidelines for reopening safely and offering patrons new, safer options for finally dining in a restaurant. However, many residents in Edmonds continue to stay close to home and choose takeout, so I continue to review places where we can all pick up a great meal and bring it home.

Epulo Bistro

Epulo, an Edmonds favorite for many years, recently moved from its Main Street location in the Bowl to the former location of 190 Sunset at Salish Crossing. Although we picked up our dinner to-go, looking inside from the spacious deck, you can see some of the changes.

There is a new front door and some new style! Plexiglas barriers seamlessly rise from the half walls and booths inside, with stylish dividers hanging from the ceiling to create functional, but also unique and attractive, separation between diners.

Epulo’s familiar menu has been expanded to include new and tempting options, like pasta al limone (Dungeness crab, linguine, fresh lemon, cracked black pepper, parmigiano-reggiano – amazing!), and keeping its favorites like roasted Brussels sprouts and a variety of pizzas.

The pizza oven was installed this past week, allowing it to bring its traditional pizzas back rather than the temporary focaccia bread options. Our margherita pizza ($15) and margherita with sausage and pepperoni ($20) were perfect with the little gem and apple bleu salads ($12) that we have always loved. The dressing on that little gem salad is just so tasty.

Epulo did not disappoint in its last location, and its stunning new setting, with ample outdoor seating, will certainly allow more of us to enjoy it for years to come.

For more information, go to http://www.epulobistro.com/.

Caravan Kebab

Caravan Kebab, in Firdale Village, has been a favorite spot of mine in Edmonds for years, and they continue to amaze me with their fantastic food. Their unique mix of Mediterranean, Indian, and European cooking means that I could eat there every day despite my cravings or moods.

Full disclosure, if I could eat pierogi (or Polish dumplings) every day, I would – what is not to love in a potato and cheese stuffed ravioli? All of their curries are flavorful, comforting, and satisfying, and their kebab plates feature Turkish, Indian, and Middle Eastern flavors.

I recently tried the chicken boti kebab ($14.95), and my husband the lamb kofta ($17.95), and we were both in heaven. The spice level was perfect, the meats tender and juicy, served with vegetables and rice so good that we did not have any leftovers, despite the generous servings.

The breads are equally tempting, and must be ordered to accompany your meal, but be sure to include a few appetizers. The eggplant rolls ($10.95) combine walnuts and onions with a pomegranate sauce to create a perfect bite.

The Ukrainian mushroom julienne ($7.95), however, was one of the most wonderful things I have ever tasted, with sheep’s cheese melting together with caramelized onions and mushrooms. For their full menu, go to http://www.caravankebab.com/. The restaurant has takeout orders ready in a flash, and you will be grateful for every bite.

Aleppo Kitchen

We recently tried Aleppo Kitchen, on 196th Street Southwest, just steps away from the Edmonds College sign in Lynnwood. I have been driving by this restaurant for months, wanting to try it, and I wish I had done so sooner! I will be back again and again.

The menu lists one mouth-watering choice after another. We gathered distantly on the deck, and the four of us argued over who had the best meal. We started with two mna’aesh, which I can best describe as Syrian pizzas, one with za’atar and mozzarella cheese and one with ground lamb, Aleppo chiles, pomegranate molasses, and herbs.

The smokiness of the za’atar awakened every taste bud, and the lamb was prepared with raisins, giving it a slight sweetness. We had to get the Greek fries, with garlic sauce, feta cheese, and herbs on the side ($3.99) because, well, fries.

Our friend described the dish as Syrian poutine, but even more delicious. Our main courses included falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb shawarma, and beef and lamb gyro ($6.99 and $7.99). Four versions of wrapped goodness that are very generous in size but also chocked full of flavor.

For more information, go to http://www.aleppokitchenseattle.com/.

 

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