When we realized the local fish taco joint only had outdoor seating, we walked up the street and were attracted by the outdoor patio heaters at the Armenian Cafe. They had an expansive menu, with some interesting vegetarian alternatives, so we decided to chance the cool ocean air on the patio with the heater.
"Al" was our friendly and funny server, and soon enough we were imbibing California merlot and a pomegranate martini. I chose the falafel pizza with their (hugely) garlic sauce, and this was truly a first for me. Falafel balls on a pizza were possibly the weirdest culinary inspiration I'd seen in a long time, but they were tasty!
My partner had their very tender chicken kabob with the light rice pilaf and also served with an intense garlic sauce. Yum!
We finished off the meal at Al's recommendation with kashta era, a supposedly Armenian tirimisu. It had not an ounce of coffee flavoring in it; instead the nutmeg cake had a an amazing kashta cream topping with pistachios and my favorite middle east flavoring: rosewater syrup. Not too sweet, but an exquisite combination of sensory flavors and textures, we left full and delighted by our unexpected multi-cultural find. The only small beef is that $3 for a cup of coffee when the entrees were only $9 was overpriced. Highly recommended!
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