The Mediterranean Chef

Need to knows:

Stroller or sling? Recommended stroller

Baby friendly restrooms? No

Parking validation? No — small parking lot and street parking

Lawd, we’ve had a hectic few weeks over here. The baby — as they’re wont to do — has suddenly thrown a wrench in her nap schedule, and it’s gotten tough to leave the house. She’ll fuss, rub her eyes, do some frustrated babbling, and then refuse to sleep once she’s laid down. It’s a struggle! Luckily, we discovered The Mediterranean Chef for a quick, tasty, stress free outing that meets our bougie standards.

The Mediterranean Chef is tucked off West Koenig Lane which gives it a distinct hidden gem feel. Currently they’re take away or outside dining only, and they have a sign on the door with a phone number to place your order. They’ll bring it out to you within a few minutes, which is handy when your baby is a ticking time bomb like mine. During non-Covid times, they have indoor dining with about 6 tables. They don’t have any baby changing facilities even when the inside is open, though, so bring a mat for emergencies.

outside tables

Their parking lot has only a handful of spaces, so if those are full you’ll be relegated to street parking. They have three tables with umbrellas, but if you can you’ll want to grab the shadiest one closest to the road.

hummus, tahini, tablouli, babaganoush, falafel

The lunch menu is limited and includes mezze, gyros, falafel, greek salad, etc. I went for the mezze with baklava for dessert. That and a bottled water brought the total to nearly $20, so prices are on the bougie side. The hummus was the clear standout — delicious! Apparently you can also buy all three of these at HEB too. The falafel were actually bright green inside, which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen but I dig it. They don’t give a ton of pita with the mezze, so you may want to order an extra side for optimal dipping.

baklava

Everything comes in takeaway boxes, so you can easily bolt if the baby is fussy. That was our move, and it traveled well so we could finish it at home. That was a nice touch.

All in all, it’s a great spot, particularly for when the baby isn’t being the most cooperative. Check out their website for more info.

Published by austinbaby365

I was raised in Florida, adultified in New York City, Eurofied in London and Ireland, and most recently Texafied in Austin! Check out my recs on the best baby spots for bougie parents in Austin, TX.

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