Review Preview: The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market

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This week, I visit The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market (3171 South Grand Boulevard; 314-776-0991). As its name implies, the Vine is half small market, half restaurant. You can smoke a hookah there, too.

JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
A sneak preview of my review after the jump...

Folded into a pita or eaten plain with your fork, the Vine's meat shawarma is nothing short of excellent. Inevitably your order will contain a few pieces from the exterior of the spit -- crisp, even crunchy, and enjoyable in its own way, like the edges of pork carnitas. But the majority of the meat is so tender you might think it had been braised. Really, the process isn't very different, as the spit's long, slow spinning gives the fat inside the meat time to render. The flavor has the richness of pot roast, with enough of lamb's gaminess to keep things lively on the palate.
Visit the RFT restaurant page late this afternoon or check back here tomorrow to see what I think.

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