Mediterranean meals make mighty impressions

Red Eye Grill


Nathan Loeffler Malatesta '23

Red Eye Grill’s lamb and beef shawarma wrap, a combination of savory and spicy flavors, full of meats and fresh vegetables with fries on the side.

Nathan Loeffler Malatesta '23, Food Editor

Red Eye Grill is a Turkish restaurant located in the San Francisco suburb of Pacifica, and is around five minutes away from Manor and Muscle Beach. The restaurant offers Mediterranean dishes including but not limited to Fattoush Salad, Chicken Shawarma Plate and Moussaka, a dish of layered eggplant baked in a ground beef sauce and smothered in béchamel sauce.

I decided to go for one of their largest dishes, the lamb and beef shawarma wrap. This Middle Eastern delicacy is an amazing blend of spices, tender meats, fresh vegetables, and flavorful sauces wrapped in warm, fluffy pita bread.

Upon taking my first bite, I was struck by the tenderness and juiciness of the lamb and beef. The meat was in a blend of herbs and spices that had a deep, complex flavor that was both savory and slightly sweet. The pita bread was warm and fluffy, with just the right amount of chewiness to hold everything together without being too dense.

The fresh vegetables added a wonderful crunch and a burst of freshness that contrasted nicely with the rich, meaty flavors. There were crisp lettuce leaves, juicy slices of tomato, and thin strips of red onion, all of which added their own unique textures and flavors to the wrap.

In addition there was a creamy garlic sauce that was rich and tangy and a spicy chili sauce that added a nice kick of heat.

Overall, I would highly recommend the lamb and beef shawarma wrap to anyone looking for a satisfying and flavorful meal. The lamb and beef Shawarma wrap costs a total of $19.00.