Restaurant Review: Pasha Mezze

Veteran’s Day. While every other couple in the world that is or was military affiliated was flocking to a chain restaurant in search of a free meal, G and I just wanted a hassle free breakfast. And most of the places that were offering free food (for veterans/active duty) had long lines out the door. And we don’t like to wait. And I’m pretty passionate about supporting local businesses.

Which is how we ended up at Pasha Mezze. We were trying to figure out where to go, and since there weren’t very many breakfast spots on the free food list, we decided to head to Norfolk and try a place that’s been on my “to try” list for a while: Handsome Biscuit. Only we get there, and the line is out the door. They weren’t offering free food, but it’s an already tiny place in a very trendy college/military heavy area. Neither of us felt like waiting, so we headed a few miles down the road to another spot on my list, Pasha Mezze, a family owned Turkish restaurant.

There wasn’t a wait at Pasha Mezze. In fact, we were the only customers in the place. We had obviously hit the sweet spot where the breakfast crowd had already come and gone, but it was still a little too early for lunch. The inside of the restaurant was very charming. Lots of cool light fixtures, exposed brick, an industrial ceiling and cute, decorative touches everywhere.

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Since we were the only people there, the service was excellent. Our server quickly took drink orders and brought us their house bread while we looked over the menu. The bread came with oil and balsamic vinegar, which I’ve never had with breakfast, but it was delicious. I love carbs…

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The one thing that annoyed me was that they had several breakfast/brunch items that sounded wonderful, but they were only available on Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t that annoying though, because before I even set foot in the restaurant I knew I was going to order the Turkish breakfast platter. It was scrambled eggs, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, feta, spicy walnut dip and Kalamata olives. And more bread. It was wonderful. Other than the eggs (I’m typically pretty meh when it comes to eggs), it was all of my favorite things on one plate. And even though I don’t love eggs, these had great flavor. A warning though, the olives did have pits in them. I do hate that I ate the bread we had before our food came out, because the walnut dip was so good, and I would have loved to use it as a spread. However, I am trying to lose weight, so four slices of bread is definitely a no-go. Luckily, it was just as good on cucumber slices.

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G went with the South Side Chicken Omlette. It was loaded with spicy, grilled chicken, onions, and spinach, and topped with black beans and corn and a jalapeno tomato sauce. It came with a salad & yogurt sauce on the side. This was really, really good. All of the flavors worked together so well, and the salad and the yogurt sauce helped cool everything down.

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I will definitely be back. Definitely, definitely, definitely. Mediterranean food is my all time favorite, and there are so many more delicious sounding items on their lunch & dinner menus that I can’t wait to try.

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