VT Eats and Treats: Mezeh

It’s Friday so that means food is on the blog. Today we hear from rising senior, Meredith Brooks!

Mezeh deliciousness

Wait. Another food article? Is this the Food Network?  No. It’s much better. This is about Mezeh. 

But first, I’ll back it up and tell you about myself. My name is Meredith Brooks. I am a senior (let’s not talk about it) and am majoring in Packaging Systems and Design. I’m a huge foodie. Basically half my camera roll is… food. 

Okay funny story. So I was adopted from China when I was about 1 year old, and when my mom brought me back to the US, I ate so much food that she thought I had a tapeworm and took me to the doctor to check it out. The doctor tested me and promptly told her, “No, she doesn’t have a tapeworm – she’s just hungry.” 

And so began my love for food. 

Which brings me back to Mezeh. If you haven’t tried Mezeh yet, I will personally take you there. No joke. 

Meredith taking food gathering into her own hands

It is a Mediterranean place similar to CAVA if you have heard of that. They serve you in a Chipotle-style fashion, and they give you the options of a pita pocket, bowl, or flatbread wrap. You pick the greens, protein, toppings, and sauce. Also, they have super cool juices and a soda machine that legit never works. 

I personally only ever get bowls because it comes with pita and you can pile on the toppings and make it into two meals if you want. If you have been with me before, you know I basically get everything possible shoved into my bowl and then proceed to eat the whole thing. 

Okay cool. Mediterranean food. What makes it so great? 

Well first, it is so fresh and healthy! They have so so many toppings, most of them being vegetables. My favorites are the eggplant and the spicy feta. After eating a whole bowl of Mezeh, I feel full, but I know that it was actually pretty healthy. 

Second, as I said before, you can get two meals out of it if you really want to. I have done it before but usually don’t since I have no control when I eat Mezeh.

Third, it is better than CAVA. I gave in over the summer and tried it for the first time because there is sadly no Mezeh where I live. However, I can now say for sure that Mezeh is better. CAVA has a much smaller variety of toppings, and overall is just not as flavorful. 

From left to right: Brita, Meredith, and Zach, probably debating the merits of CAVA vs. Mezeh

Fourth, Mezeh promotes healthy COVID behaviors with takeout options and has good deals like BOGO, which I will fully take advantage of as soon as I step foot back in Blacksburg.  

Fifth, they have a mediocre rewards program. This is, in fact, a reason that Mezeh is good because while it takes forever to get a reward, if you go there every week, the points add up and you might as well get a reward if you’re going!

Honestly, the only negative thing I have to say about Mezeh is it is a bit pricey. However, it is 100% worth it. 

Hopefully you now feel inspired to try Mezeh and also can rest in the fact that after naming numerous things he found to be meaningless, Solomon still manages to say, “Go, eat your food with gladness” in Ecclesiastes 9:7. 

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