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The Art of Food :The Phoenicia
May 13, 2011 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
Recently, my husband and I went to the Phoenicia Restaurant in Altoona. We were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance as well as the delicious food. When we lived in California one of our favorite restaurants was a Lebanese style cafe. The food was very similar at the Phoenicia...a variety of vegetarian meals and the more traditional meat dishes. We had the Moussaka dish, "A Mediterranean favorite! A blend of lean ground sirloin seasoned with spices, layered with grilled eggplant, and topped with a blend of cheeses, served with saffron basmati rice and vegetables." Let me just say, this is a wonderful and hearty meal, you get quite a bit and end up taking some home or else sharing. Jon had the Vegetarian Combo Platter, "A fabulous combination of our vegetarian dishes consisting of spanakopita, tyropita, grape leaves, falafel, hummus, babaganouj (this is probably one of our favorites), and roasted vegetables." Again, a dish that can be shared and there is quite a bit to eat. Next time, we want to try the Traditional Gyro and the Shish Kabobs. Another nice feature, is each meal comes with a suggested drink to compliment the meal. Besides being a beautiful place to eat, the night we went, they had beautiful live guitar music. For an hour or two, you feel like you've stepped into a calm, gentle world. I highly recommend going with your partner on a night with the music; excellent feel, atmosphere and service. Plus, they offer 15% off for PSU students (and I hope, faculty!). ;) We may need to get some take out as I'm getting hungry just reading the menu on their website.