This past weekend, we were driving around down-town St Cloud (which is a slightly run-down version of Fargo’s down-town section) and passed by this small restaurant called “Mediterranean Cafe”. Both of us felt like gyros (pronounced “heroes” and sometimes misspelled as “hyros”) so we drove around the block and back to that place to eat.
Inside, only 2 Somalis were eating and they looked like they were related to the people running the restaurant. There was a nice 36″ widescreen HDTV hooked up to digital cable and Al Jazeera News playing. Nobody at the counter. One of the persons eating yells out “Abdullah” and a person comes scurrying out. Thick Somali accent speaking to us as we were handed the menus. Kaci picked the Beef w/Naan (Indian bread) and I got the Chicken w/Rice combo. Strange. It said “Mediterranean” on the outside but everything on the menu was Indian.
Well within 5-10 mins of waiting, hot food was served. Wow. Did food ever taste that good for 7 bucks a plate. It was basically Indian food with some Mid-Eastern/Mediterranean flavor and came out great. The rice was simply exquisite. The cury flavored meat, heavenly. Great service.
After we were done eating, they refused the tip. WOW. Even better. Won’t mind stopping by again if I’m in downtown Saint Cloud ever again. Also, we got a good dose of Al Jazeera news. It was very weird hearing news from another perspective but informative as well. Just goes on to show that watching Fox News and CNN gets us only half the story. To hear the whole deal, it doesn’t hurt to hear the other side’s story. Well it hurts your wallet cuz you’d need to drop extra $$$ to get digital cable if you don’t have one.
My overall verdict. Mediterranean Cafe gets the Ninja’s all-time 5-star recommendation! The environment may not feel great but the food definitely is. Not to forget news from another view. Not the ideal place for a first time date but great for any other times.
EDIT: 09/15/07 Went back and same great service!
EDIT: 05/05/08 Unfortunately, the place has closed out and I was unable to find another “Mediterranean Cafe” in St Cloud, Minnesota.