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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Yalla Habibi Mediterranean Bistro/Bakery on South Padre Island - A Guest Review!

I have not had the opportunity to visit one of the island's newer, and highly acclaimed restaurants.  Yalla habibi is a favorite of friends, Stacie White Brooks and her husband Tom, so I asked her if she would consider writing a guest blogger review on this restaurant.  She said she was happy to do so...and they included some awesome photos as well!  Without further ado, here's Stacie!
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Habibi is a favorite of mine!  As some of you may know, this Mediterranean bistro and bakery is a mere two blocks from our house (located in the former Psycha Deli building on Padre Blvd).

We LOVE Mediterranean food. Before they even opened, we kept driving by to see if they were open yet (stalking a restaurant is weird, right).  When they opened, around Memorial Day, we were not disappointed.  Odetth, her brother Carlos, and his wife Selene, greeted us so warmly and were so friendly it was incredible. 
Carlos and Odetth

They told us that everything is made from scratch, and when I finished the sampler platter, I sure believed it. 

Spectacular stuffed grape leaves (dolmas), cabbage rolls, tabouleh, hummus, tzatziki sauce, rice, and yummy pastries. 
Dolmas

Cabbage Rolls

Tabouleh


While they also offer some other types of items (such as pasta, salads, and pizza), their specialty is Mediterranean.


Gyro



Greek Salad

I believe that they have a frequent diner card for locals (buy six plates, get the 7th plate free). Just recently discovered their yummy breakfasts too.  My husbands pancakes were flaky and tasty and my migas were crispy and spicy.  Just perfect.


Check out their menu at habibispi.com/menu/. If you live in our area or are visiting the island, I encourage you to go by for a lovely meal and introduce yourself to these incredible owners.  Shop local, eat local!

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Thank you so much Stacie and Tom for sharing your experience and photos.  I know I have now convinced my husband that this is a place we need to visit soon.  It seems very appealing and they having a surprising array of menu items.  Hope to see you there!

Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!



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