True Blue Mediterranean Cafe offers up authentic Mediterranean food and gourmet coffee in a cool, hip cafe atmosphere. Patrons can also utilize the cafe’s free wireless Internet access and take advantage of nice weather in the cafe’s outdoor garden dining area.
The restaurant started when its owner, Ziad Hariry, lost his job at Circuit City after 19 years. Thinking he had to do something, he opened up a Mediterranean restaurant in 2009 in Emmaus and has since opened another in Historic Bethlehem. They boast a 5-star rating on Yelp.com!
Fattoush: seasoned lettuce, tomato, cucumber and toasted pita chips tossed with garlic, olive oil, lemon and balsamic vinegar. You can order it with cauliflower, eggplant or meats.
Falafel: a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa.
Gyro: a dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. It is usually served as a sandwich, also called a gyros, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread.
Babaghanoush: eggplant mashed and mixed with virgin olive oil and various seasonings.