Medi: Mediterranean Grill & Pitaria

For: Spicy 17 Spread


4037 Campbell Ave., Arlington;

Fast casual chainlets are big business—and with Sweetgreen expanding, Black Lime Mediterranean Cafe open in Crystal City—Medi tries to capture the pita market. 

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Opened last summer in Shirlington, Medi pulls from Mediterranean-sided countries, demonstrated through its dips: hummus (Middle Eastern), spicy 17 spread, (harrissa-like, a North African spice) and tzatziki (Greek).

Options are streamlined and include meats or veggies in a wrap or over (boring) rice or greens.

Sticking chunks of souvlaki-style chicken in a pita is a good idea, especially with bites of sweetness from golden raisins piercing through yogurt sauce.

Most inventive are the gyritos: gyro meat and feta, wrapped into a cigar and fried for a Mediterranean version of a taquito. The meat stays moist surrounded by the crispy shell, decorated like a pastry with artful strips of balsamic reduction. At $6.95, it’s decent food for pretty cheap.

But the food is not nearly as addictive as the cafeteria-style, customizable fast food king; Chipotle doesn’t need to worry.


(February 2013)