Medusa Kabob Houseby Tyler Woods on Jan. 15, 2012, under restaurant
I admit it. I love good Mediterranean food. There are many reasons to like this kind of food. First, it is healthy. Imagine wonderful food being so healthy! Good Mediterranean food consists of healthy grains and vegetables and uses lots of olives and olive oil, which are my favorites. Therefore, this week Tucson Biz Beat salutes Medusa Kabob House on 628 N. 4th Ave.
I enjoy eating Mediterranean food throughout Tucson, and Medusa Kabob House on 4th Ave continues to bring me back again, and again. Maybe it is because I love the atmosphere on 4th Ave. Still, that would not be the only reason to keep me coming back; however, I do enjoy the atmosphere inside with only four tables and a bar with stools making this fun little place a delight.
When I walk in, I feel as though I am walking to a table at a friend’s house. Owner Rebecca Davoudikia will come over to the table, set it for you and ask you if you would like some water. She will hand you a very simple menu, mainly wraps, kabobs and gyros and gives you a moment to look and see how you would like to please your pallet.
My first trip to this little restaurant I had the hummus and the baba ganoush and dipped pita bread and wonderful moist falafels in it. The baba ganoush, which is a paste or dip so to speak made of grilled eggplant. It was good with a nice earthy taste. The hummus, which was not too dry as some places can be, and left my taste buds wanting more, so of course, I got more! The second visit, I was offered Tzatziki, made of yogurt, cucumber and dill, and I dipped my pita in that for an explosion of freshness.
I would have to say my favorite is the gyro plate, which is gyro meat slices on a wonderful salad with lots of feta, tomatoes and fresh greens and served with pita and Tzatziki. What I have discovered with this place is your wish is their command, so if you would rather have tahini or hummus, just say the magic word and poof, it appears right before you.
Davoudikia goes out of her way to make sure your food is served to your specifications, and she does so with a flair. The food always looks nice, fresh and dressed up to enter your pallet. Her mother Linda says she is proud of her daughter for having this little treasure on the avenue because she feels she is helping the economy. “The economy is bad, so it is good to see young people like this have the initiative to do this and be a small business owner.” She looks over at her daughter, “It is risky, but small business owners are helping our economy.”
The first time I walked in to this little restaurant that used to be the Casbah, I met Ash Davoudikia, Rebecca’s brother, who helped this little place called Medusa take off. He was kind and inviting, and much like the rest of the Davoudikia’s, made you feel so welcome that you simply had to come back and taste more.
They have an outdoor covered back area almost ready to seat people and they will be able to cater to a much larger crowd. Medusa really goes out of its way to offer great Mediterranean food at fair prices and wonderful hospitality to their cliental. So Tucson Biz Beat salutes Medusa Kabob House on 4th Ave and thanks Rebecca Davoudikia and her family for keeping small business alive and well in Tucson.