Where: Mediterranean Deli Bakery & Catering, 410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
GF Menu: Yes. The menu on their website highlights Gluten-Free options. When you visit the restaurant, all dishes in the deli case are carefully labeled with both Gluten and Nut allergy information.
What I ate: I have tried both the Fatayer and a Sampler Platter with Falafel and GF Pita Bread.
How to order it: Select your preferred GF items from the printed menu, or by viewing the dishes in the expansive deli case, then place your order at the counter. When/if the server asks whether you would like pita bread with your meal, be sure to insist on the Gluten-Free pita. The menu claims all Fatayers are available on a Gluten-Free bread, but always ask to be sure.
Mediterranean Deli’s GF pita bread is baked fresh every morning with organic GF flour in a 100% GF facility and is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group.
What it looks like:
A fatayer is a pastry that can be filled with meats, veggies, and cheeses. Traditionally, the dough is formed in the shape of a boat to hold all the goodies. In the Gluten-Free version, this Greek Fatayer resembles a pizza.
The Closeup: A lightly browned crust supports a scrumptious combination of fresh spinach, roasted roma tomatoes, calamata olives, red onions, garlic, and feta cheese. It is served with an accompaniment of light tzatziki sauce.
Have some GF pita with your meal, then purchase a bag to take home with you.
I like to heat mine in the toaster oven for one minute. Serve with hummus, olive oil, or even scrambled eggs at breakfast. Or create your own fatayer.
What sweet words: “Pound Cake – Gluten Free and Dairy Free”. This fluffy cake is a recent addition to the lineup of gorgeous desserts in the deli case. As you can see from the photo, its neighbor is made of phyllo dough, so those with extreme gluten sensitivity may wish to exercise caution.
This is my current dessert addiction. Dark chocolate-enrobed, marbled halva.
If you are not familiar with it, halva is a type of sesame fudge made primarily with nut butter and sugar. There are flour-based halvas in the world, so be careful when you see it in stores. This heavenly halva has been labeled “Gluten-Free”. Buy by the pound. Attempt to eat by the morsel.
In case the other two dessert options aren’t enough for you, there is also a Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake. This one seems to be quite popular.
Green Note: The Mediterranean Diet offers benefits to our health and the environment. It encourages us to reduce the presence of meat on our plates. Large-scale meat production and factory farming are recognized as being heavily linked with destruction of our natural resources.
The following is taken from the Mediterranean Deli website:
The Mediterranean diet is a wonderfully healthy diet and an extremely easy one to adapt to our stressful and fast paced lifestyles. As a matter of fact, the Mediterranean diet can be the very aspect of our life which can give balance, harmony, and a sense of soothing and control over our lives. The diet does not require any sacrifices. It only requires us to limit our consumption of meats to perhaps a few times per month. The other important factor is to make the consumption of fruits and vegetables a daily habit. The vitamins, minerals, photochemical and fiber provided by the diets large amounts of vegetables, fruits, grains and beans are believed to account for the inhabitants of the Mediterranean countries lower incidence of cancer otherwise commonly found in the United States.