After Willow’s Bistro closed in Ballston Spa, every time I drove past the location on Prospect Street I kept looking for signs to see what would be in there next.
And then BAM – there was a sign up for Good Eats. Later I learned that this restaurant (whose building is owned by the owner of the gas station next door) would be run by that same owner and his wife.
Offering a pretty wide variety, their specialty cuisine is middle eastern.
Of course when I saw that my ears perked up, because I LOVE having the opportunity to try all types of food.
First, the Fatoush (Arabic Salad) is a light and refreshing salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, parsley, toasted pita bread, lemon juice and olive oil.
It is SO delicious.
The salad is very unique, with tart, bitter, fresh and mellow flavors. I’m telling you, if you’re in the game of trying new things, this salad is a great start.
Also, those crispy pita chips are heavenly.
This last time I went, I asked the owner (who was waiting on us at the time prior to us ordering… and then went into the kitchen to make the food!) what she recommended from the menu. She pointed out two of the Middle Eastern specialties: The Fasoulia, (green bean, stew beef, onions and tomatoes) and the Ouzi (Ground beef, Carrots, peas corn and grilled chicken. Served with rice.)
Even though once again I really came in wanting an omelette, I ordered the Ouzi.
I’ve never experienced a dish that looks so simple, yet tastes so complex. All the way down to the rice, each element was rich in flavor, perfectly seasoned, and the chicken was juicy and almost rotisserie-esque.
The meal itself was light but filling, and I was able to bring half of it home with me for later. And guess what? It was almost just as good cold as it was served hot!
Seriously guys, if you do one thing this week, you should check out Good Eats in Ballston Spa. Don’t get sidetracked by the Americanized side of the menu, either. Go for the authentic stuff – you won’t be sorry.
11 Prospect Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Open for Breakfast & Lunch