After visiting the MFA this week, we took a spur of the moment Mediterranean food tour. It just so happens that Sofra and Sophia's, two of the area best sources for Mediterranean food in the area, were on our way home. Sometimes you just get so used to staying close to home to eat and food shop that you don't take advantage of some really amazing places that are just a little bit more effort to go to. In the coming weeks I'm going to make an effort to go the extra mile (literally) to seek out good food.
We grabbed lunch at Sofra, a Middle Eastern bakery. Everything on the menu looked amazing and the dishes we had, the chicken shawarma with garlic sauce and the spinach falafel with beet tzatziki, were delicious. We didn't splurge on the baked goods but they were definitely eyeing me down -- going to need to make a return trip for those. They have a great selection of teas as well as a small refrigerated section full of to-go items like hummus and tzatziki.
Next, we headed less than a mile down the road to Sophia's Greek Pantry. They have lots of baked goods and sweets but also a lot of typical grocery items you would need for cooking Mediterranean food. The real draw though is in the back where they have a fresh greek yogurt station. They rotate flavors-- they had plain, honey, honey vanilla, honey coconut and strawberry banana when we were there. You can take home big cartons of it and it is amazing. They also have every type of feta imaginable. It's ridiculously fresh and makes you feel like you've been cheating yourself if you've ever bought feta from the grocery store.
I highly recommend swinging through Belmont/Cambridge when you're in the area, or even making a trek there to check out these two spots.
Sofra, 1 Belmont Street, Cambridge, MA
Sophia's Greek Pantry, 265 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA