First bites: Phoenicia

Spurred on by a “Grand Opening” ad (although I think they’ve been open a while) in The Sun, I wanted to check out Phoenicia, which has two locations in Redlands.

So, after going to hear Dustin Lance Black speak at the University of Redlands, a friend and I went over to the Orange Street location (near Trader Joe’s).

Phoenicia bills itself as having Greek and Lebanese cuisine. The ad mentioned a falafel sandwich combo ($5.95), which is what I ordered.

My friend ordered one of the specials, the lamb plate ($8.95).

The Orange Streeet location is a decently-sized restaurant, and a fairly well-appointed for a place where you order at a counter and the food is brought to your table.

Since we were the only ones in the restaurant (it was about 45 minutes before closing time), the food arrived quickly.

The falafel sandwich combo includes either small fries or hummus (I opted for the hummus) and a medium drink.

The sandwich was very flavorful. The falafel itself was done just right, and not greasy.

The tahini sauce on the sandwich had a good amount of garlic flavor and a hint of lemony tang to it. The accompanying hummus was very fresh tasting.

My friend’s plate had a two decently-sized lamb chops (usually $12.95 for 3), rice, salad and hummus.

Overall, a very pleasant experience. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and trying one of their kabob plates or some chicken shawerma. And then topping it off with some baklava!

Phoenicia has two locations, both in Redlands: 572 Orange St. (at Pearl Avenue) and 1560 Barton Road (at Alabama Street).