With all of those delicious flat breads, legume based hummus, and carballicious rice dishes is it really possible to eat paleo? While passing up those menu items might be difficult at first, there is still plenty to eat for us hunter and gatherers. One of my favorite lunch places is Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet. The Texas chain, with locations in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin serves up authentic Lebanese food. Since the food is served buffet style, us paleo eaters can pick around only choose the foods that are friendly to our diet.
I started off with the salad section. As much as it pained me to pass up the hummus, I find baba ghanouge a serious upgrade. The dip made of roasted eggplant mixed with tahini sauce, garlic, lemon juice has a great smokey taste. There’s no need to dip it using flat bread, just scoop it up with your fork or a spoon. Stay away from the tabouli salad, though. It looks paleo friendly, but it has wheat in it. The cucumber and tomato salad is always fresh and tasty, so pick it instead.
Those of you that know my carnivore leanings can guess that I don’t spend too much time at the salad area of the buffet. Dimassi’s kafta kabob is my favorite dish. Parsley, onion, ground beef, garlic and spices paired with grilled onions, all add up to one delicious combination. Their shredded beef is also fantastic. It is slow roasted to tender perfection.
Their warm vegetables are also fantastic. The fried cauliflower is always very tasty. Basted it with a lemon garlic sauce, and I find myself going back for seconds every time. The baked spinach is also very flavorful: Dimassi’s chefs are not shy with the cilantro and garlic.
If you eat Mediterranean don’t get caught in the carb trap. But, I warn you, if you go to Dimassi’s you will overeat!