With the economic strain that our country has faced for over five years, many Americans have taken the step to be more strategic about how they spend their money. One of the first expenses cut to most budgets is money spent on dining out. While the experience of “going out to eat” is still common in America, it is considered more of a luxury.
Being a college student is this day and age just makes the process of going out for a meal more difficult. With limited incomes, limited transportation and busy schedules it seems almost impossible to be able to grab a bite to eat without seeing golden arches. However good deals do come about, you just have to keep your eyes and ears open.
In the Twin Cities there are many restaurants created just for people trying to save some cash. With several college campuses between Minneapolis and St. Paul, it is a perfect spot for venues that can meet college students with quality food for a fair price.
A few short blocks from Macalester University on Grand Ave. is Shish café, a Mediterranean grill. The restaurant, literally a few steps from the Macalester campus, serves a variety of Mediterranean food.
The second you enter Shish’s front door you can sense the culture and atmosphere. The Middle Eastern culture is alive and well at Shish, with decorative hookahs surrounding the store. At Shish, customers approach the counter to place their orders and it is brought to them.
The people enjoying their mouth-watering food looked like they consisted of young people and college students. I was impressed by how much Shish offers their customers; they have over 51 menu options, a whole separate breakfast menu, an espresso bar and a full display case full of cake.
As I watched the waiter bring my gyro from the back kitchen I nearly jumped with anticipation. I unwrapped the gyro to find the biggest gyro I have ever seen for less than six dollars! As I took my first bite I could and the cucumber sauce fell from the backside of my pita, I tasted the perfectly cooked lamb combined with fresh veggies.
Now granted, no place is perfect. Some of the less positive traits of Shish I experienced during my time there was a long wait time for our food. Also the restaurant was very small and crowded which made it difficult at some points to enjoy my delicious meals.
But the food was delicious and inexpensive, which in my book is a wonderful combination. Also the service at Shish was incredible! The staff is so warm and inviting that you just want to ask them to join you for your meal.
If you are in the Twin Cities area, take a stop by Shish and try the delicious Mediterranean food. The next menu item I want to try at Shish is the Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict.