At Urban Garden, launching later this month on Fairfax, restaurateur George Abou-Daoud (The Bowery, Rosewood Tavern) wants to bring Lebanese and Mediterranean food to the mainstream. The idea here is simple. Think of it as Tender Greens meets Mendocino Farms with a Mediterranean spin. First select from Urban Pita (whole wheat or white) Urban Bowl (brown rice or spinach/cilantro rice), Urban Dip (hummus, sun-dried tomato/garlic hummus, babaganoush) or Urban Salad (tabouli, fattoush, tuscan kale), then add a topping, to be served "inside" or "on top," such as rotisserie lemon-herb chicken, falafel, beef kefta, lamb shawarma, grape leaves, and a few others. Based on those selections, a plate will cost between $6.50 and $12, a relatively reasonable price considering that many ingredients are organic and sourced locally. Mixed greens come from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard and Bloomsdale spinach is sourced from Tutti Frutti Farms in Lompoc.
Without intentionally looking to create a vegetarian or vegan-friendly menu, the selections on offer at Urban Garden naturally cater to those with a meat-free diet. There's also a lentil soup and a carrot-ginger soup, and desserts like baked pita chips with cinnamon-sugar and baklava.
Though Urban Garden on Fairfax is Abou-Daoud's first location, he is looking to branch out with additional eateries throughout the city.
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