Visit The Grub Scout CAVA in Turkey Creek for Mediterranean cuisine.
The Grub Scout CAVA visits Turkey Creek for Mediterranean cuisine in July 2022.
The Grub Scout, Knoxville News Sentinel
The Grub Spouse and I had a great turn of good fortune last week. I had intended to review Azul Tequila Mexican Grill in Farragut, but for some strange reason, she took us to Dos Agaves in Turkey Creek (I was confused by my memory of the old Agave Azul restaurant in Western Plaza). Upon arriving at Dos Agaves, I realized I had already checked this place off my list. Then when I tried to redirect us to Azul Tequila, I knew it was permanently closed.
Luckily, on our way to Dos Agaves, The Spouse noticed a new place called CAVA, also on Turkey Creek, in the former Zoës Kitchen space, just a minute or two from our location at that moment. Even better, we found out that CAVA serves Mediterranean cuisine, one of our favourites. Things couldn’t go any better.
Inside, the facility looks very similar to how it did when Zos was at home, but the concept and menu are different (although both chains serve/serve fresh, healthy food that can be customized).
One option is to go with one of the coordinating pancakes or plates from CAVA. For example, a crunchy falafel pie has fried chickpeas in the bread pocket, as well as roasted eggplant, pickles, cabbage salad, tomatoes, onions, sage and garlic dressing. Avocado Harissa Platter Contains Honey Harissa Chicken, Crazy Feta (Description Below), Chickpeas, Feta, Avocado, Roasted Corn, Persian Cucumber, Pickled Onions, Basmati Rice, Super Green, Hot Harissa Vinegar Sauce.
You can also make your own muffin or appetizer. Start with a base, which can be any number of greens, grains, RightRice (for a bowl), pita bread, or a small shell for a pocket-sized meal. From there, you can add up to three out of six dips and spreads, protein (falafel, roast chicken, braised lamb and more), toppings like avocado, kalamata olives, lentils and tabbouleh, and one of eight sauces (vinaigrette). Greek, Caesar Tahini, Dill Yogurt and more).
My husband and I went with the signature dishes. I ordered the Spicy Mutton Pie ($12.17), which was made with meatballs plus chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled onions, cabbage salad, pickles, brined with salt, sukuk seasoning, and garlic. Husband got the right chicken and rice bowl ($10.77), which consisted of grilled chicken, tzatziki, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, Persian cucumbers, pickled onions, arugula, Greek vinegar and rice porridge (a rice alternative made with a mixture of lentils, chickpeas, green peas and rice). traditional).
We also decided to have a side order of pitta chips and Crazy Feta ($3.95), a special creation made with imported Greek feta cheese infused with extra virgin olive oil, jalapeño peppers, and onions. While we’ve gone through all of their unique beverage options, CAVA carries a variety of fresh and seasonal juices, teas, and sodas (including the Maine Root brand), available both in bottles and in the beverage fountain.
Our order was prepared while we were standing in the queue. CAVA recently opened, so the staff was still collecting orders based on recipe cards, but the staff we interacted with did a great job answering our product questions and processing our orders in a timely manner.
I must admit that based on the menu descriptions alone, I was cautiously optimistic about CAVA cuisine, but the meal itself confirmed my hunch and then some. Everything was great, starting with the pita chips and Crazy Feta. The bread was warm and soft in the middle and a little crunchy on the outside. The dip had that signature feta twang as well as a subtle ferocity of jalapenos.
My lamb pie was amazing. The warm, savory flavor of the lamb has remained consistent, despite it being complemented by a variety of tasty, healthy ingredients, including several chopped greens, and the signature kick of skoog sauce (traditionally made with chilies, cilantro, and spices). The sauce tends to drain slowly from the bottom of the pita bread, but its outer casing helped me keep some control over that delicious mess.
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Husband’s chicken and bowl of Rice Bowl were equally enjoyable. This was a case of protein, vegetables, greens, sauces, and grains working together in harmony to deliver a satisfying meal in every sense of the word.
We often eat at Zoës Kitchen because it offers healthy and delicious meals at a reasonable price. CAVA checks the same boxes and takes things a step further. I will always be a regular customer of Yassin’s Falafel House, and I’ve even worked Naf Naf Grill in my regular role, but in my opinion, CAVA offers a wide variety of ingredients and dishes.
Bottom line: If you enjoy this style of cuisine, you should definitely try CAVA. If you’re like me, you may have to juggle more Mediterranean restaurants than your schedule may allow.
Tabuk: 11378 Parkside Drive, Suite 2510
There is no alcoholic beverage service
hours: 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Turkey’s new Mediterranean cuisine provider checks all the boxes when it comes to serving delicious, healthy food at easily accessible price points.