28 April 2007

Woody's Oasis in East Lansing

Woody's is one of my favorite places to eat in East Lansing. It helps that they have about three locations around campus. It also helps that they are cheap. Last year, the vegetarian pita wraps, including the very filling falafel and spicy falafel, were only $2.95 and the meat ones, including chicken and steak with different sauces, were $3.95. This year they have gone up about 50 cents I think, so still a good deal.

The mujadara or lentil pita is also good and my favorite meat ones are the spicy steak and mediterranean chicken, which comes with a garlic sauce. Eggplant is sometimes good, but sometimes too greasy. It's also sort of a toss up as to how big your pita will be; they range from about two to three inches in diameter. If I am really hungry or need the meal to tide me over for awhile, I go with either a meat or a falafel pita. Also, be sure to request turnips in your pita. They are these hot pink pickled things and really make the sandwich special.

Another great deal at Woody's is hummus and pita. Hummus is very filling and, as one of my friends likes to remind me, has a lot of fiber. Besides the original flavor, there is also garlic hummus, which is great, and spicy hummus, which sometimes has too strong a bell pepper flavor for my taste.

Dinner--or any other excuse to get a plate--at Woody's is also great. My favorites are the vegetarian grape leaves and vegetarian kibbee. Each entree is about $10 at the Grand River location and comes with a salad (my favorite is the yogurt salad which has cucumbers) and hummus. The grape leaves can serve two and I think the vegetarian kibbee could serve three. If you have never had kibbee before (I hadn't until a few weeks ago), it is like mashed potatoes but with a middle Eastern flavor. It tastes a bit vinegar-y to me.

(The plates at the international center are $6 and include a smaller sized entree, and two sides [salads, fries, hummus].)

As you can see from the picture, the Grand River location also has a bar, which is very important. And they have drink specials.

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At 6:11 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Hey, we just had Greek food today at Koko Marina! It was decent, but my chicken souvlaki was kind of koge. Our waitress was really nice, though, and the salad and rice (with vermicelli; cool, huh?) that came with the dish were yummy. Damn, $2.95 for a pita wrap is an awesome deal! I love fresh hummus, filafel, and feta. Those Greeks know how to live...

At 3:41 AM , Blogger Robyn said...

oh, that's right, i also like the rice. i don't know why it tastes so good, but it does.

At 6:18 AM , Blogger kristen said...

woodys, isn't that the name of the bar in QAF?

At 10:12 AM , Blogger Robyn said...

haha, is it? i forget. anyway, i don't know why this place is called woody's. the long name is woody's oasis though.


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