By Andrea Sauer
When I originally thought about what to do for our Ethnic Theme in Morgantown, I was not sure what to do. But then I thought about a less noticed type of food. Mediterranean food is not only extremely tasty, but also extremely healthy. There are two main Mediterranean places to go in Morgantown. One has been here for nearly 10 years, one is fairly new. Mediterranean Market and Deli on High Street and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in the Mountainlair.
Taziki’s in the Mountainlair has been there for less than 2 years and has been a huge success. They claim that their inspiration came from Greek Islands, markets and home cooking. Tazikis has 7 locations in Alabama, one in Arkansas and one in West Virginia (WVU of course).
The inspiration of Taziki’s came from Keith and Amy Richards when they went on vacation to Greece in 1998. They were so inspired by it that they decided to go back home to Birmingham, Alabama and start up their own business.
The WVU location has been popular. There are a lot of reasons behind that. It is the prime location for students in the student union and it also offers a meal plan menu. Students enjoy having that healthy option as well. They offer large salads, deli food, gyro’s and combo meals between $6 and $10.
With Taziki’s being good with the students in the area, one would think that another Mediterranean restaurant on High Street would be just as popular if not more popular, right? This not the case.
Mediterranean Market and Deli has been in business for 9 years in Morgantown. Owner Ahmet Abulabn admits that business is good, but primarily with townspeople and not with students.
They offer catering and appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, platters, wraps and an entire deli with homemade desserts and meats and cheeses to order.