Your life has been a bit bland, you say? Your dulled taste buds have a hankering for a little Mediterranean flavor, and you are hungry, besides? Then wander over to the North Market to Firdous Express, across from Hubert’s Polish Kitchen, let your eyes feast on the many freshly made, piping hot, ever-changing entrees that are displayed beneath the glass, and know that you have come to the right place.
Firdous has something for just about everyone. They feature stews and spicy concoctions made with chicken, lamb, and beef, a vast array of different vegetables, different salad options and rice options, excellent hummus, and pita bread. As is true throughout the North Market, lunch is reasonably priced, and you get great value for your buck. Lunch at Firdous, with drink, comes in at about $10, and for that you get an entree over rice and a salad or hummus with pita bread. (Guess which I pick?)
When I visit Firdous I usually favor a tender, cubed chicken in a lemony sauce that tastes fantastic over a bed of rice and lentils. On my most recent trip, however, I decided to branch out and went for a delicately spiced stew of meat and tomatoes, along with my standard side of rice and lentils and creamy hummus and pita bread. It was excellent — I’d expected nothing less — and I left a happy man.