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Zachi Café and Gourmet Market

This location is closed

By Edward Ericson Jr. | Posted 12/17/2008

Newly opened near the corner of Read and Howard streets (conveniently around the corner from City Paper), Zachi Café and Gourmet Market boasts a large, stylish (though sparsely furnished) dining room for its eat-in customers, as well as takeout and counter service of sandwiches, pasta, salads, soups, and sweets. One large case features dessert (different baklavas, cakes, plus what looks like granola-infused smoothies and unsweetened iced teas [$1.75]); another has muffins, danishes, and savory pastries. The sandwiches, all between $7 and $8, are large and satisfying and come with a small bag of Sun Chips. The kofta sandwich ($7.99) is listed as grilled beef with tahina salad served in a pita. The beef has the consistency (but not the taste) of gyro meat, and there's a lot of it in two pitas. The tahina salad part is sparser--could use a bit more cucumber--but tasty though the sauce lacked the zip. The Mediterranean tuna ($7.75) is generous, served on a soft pita with olives, tomatoes, and feta, but also comes off as a bit bland. The Mediterranean chicken with onion ($7.99) is very rich and savory, with a comfort-food vibe. The pastries and iced teas are homemade, and there is a large and varied coffee menu as well. Zachi is just getting its sea legs, but it shows promise.

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