There are countless surprises, delights and irresistible temptations awaiting customers who wander into the unassuming Green Hills strip-mall space occupied by Kalamata’s, which offers freshly prepared, healthy and classic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods with a modern twist. The tiny dine-in/take-out restaurant is huge on flavor, freshness and friendliness—a tone set by co-chef/co-owner Maher Fawaz’s ebullient and generous nature. Every item is created fresh before your eyes on the premises, save for the pita rounds, the baklava (made by a cousin in Detroit and shipped overnight daily) and the cheesecake Fawaz’s 14-year-old daughter makes at home. That includes the hummus—which begins with dry (not canned) garbanzo beans—as well as the tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves and the light, golden-crisped falafel. Appetizers include small stuffed pies filled with ground meat, spinach or sheep’s milk cheese. The pizzetas are flat pizza-like rounds topped with whatever strikes the chefs’ fancy that day; representative toppings might include olive oil, kalamata olives and fresh chopped herbs, or thin slices of fresh tomato, cheese and spices. Fawaz and co-owner/chef Beth Collins will put most anything in a pita and call it a sandwich—chicken salad, Greek salad with grilled chicken strips, falafel, gyro meat or grilled, marinated vegetables—and that spirit of invention extends to everything else you’ll find here.
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash
Parking: Free, Lot Available
Reservations: Not Necessary