A great stop for Greek food | Arts & Appetite

By Maria A. Montalvo | Sep 21, 2018

When I mentioned the great, “new” Greek place I found called One Stop Market & Deli, they all said, “Oh yeah. It’s been there for three years. I love that place.”

The family of seven stops there between games because all of the kids find something they like. The teacher found it right after it opened and stops in at least once a month to pick up dinner.

The couple at the coffee shop cannot get enough of the baklava.

One Stop Market & Deli is across from the QFC shopping center at the corner of 196th and 76th in Lynnwood. In the back of the small, family-owned market is a counter with several stools where you can find a menu of fresh, creative, and incredibly tasty Greek classics.

They also have a nice list of craft ales and selection of wines. They offer a unique twist on the Greek recipes we all know and love, while still being very authentic to the classic flavors. The fresh ingredients come through in every item, from the hummus to the falafel.

We ordered a variety from the concise menu of favorites, and had to start with the hummus, since to me, it is the qualifier for a great Greek meal.

The Hummus & Pita ($6.50) plate looks as wonderful as it tastes, with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and fresh herbs garnishing a delightfully lemony, perfectly blended hummus.

The house-made pita stands out on this and every dish it is a part of – the texture and flavor are just right, and it’s the perfect thickness to enjoy but not overwhelm other flavors.

The Greek Salad ($6.50, add $3 for lamb, chicken, or falafel) both delivered on the classic interpretation and offered something new, as does every dish at One Stop.

The Romaine lettuce was crisp and fresh, while the feta salty was and crumbly but not dry, and the greens dressed well.

The salad did not stop with olives, pepperoncini, and red onion – it was our first introduction to the inclusion of apple to make things a little more interesting.

We live in Washington, so of course we should add apples!

Apple also appeared on the Gyro ($7.25 for beef, lamb, or chicken) and the Falafel ($7.25), and brought a very welcome texture and flavor these Greek classics. The falafel was slightly crunchy on the outside, the right seasoning, and was not even a little bit oily, and is served on the house-made pita with hummus and tahini sauce.

Falafel is already healthy with the high-protein of the chickpea flower, and the delicious version at One Stop is served with a generous mix of vegetables – lettuce, baby spinach, tomatoes, onions, olives, and peppers – along with the apple.

The star of our meal is a toss-up between the Gyro and the Tyropita (a Greek cheese pie), but being such a fan of cheese, I might have to give the edge to the Tyropita. The Gyro ($7.25 with beef, lamb, or chicken) was served on the delicious, warm pita, and the chicken cut small enough to mix well with the other ingredients.

Lettuce, onions, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, apple and pepperoncini are included at just the right amount to still be able to taste the feta cheese and tasty Tzatziki sauce. The Tyropita ($8.50) was as good as it should be, both for what it is and how it was prepared.

Many flaky layers of filo, baked to a golden brown, encased the soft ricotta and feta cheese mixture that was a little sweet and a little salty. I left the last bite to make sure it was the last thing I ate, leaving no room for dessert.

The menu is also a good value, with quality at a reasonable price. We picked up our order to go, and it was clearly made just then and ready to go 15 minutes after we called. I also learned that One Stop caters, with party platters available with just two hours’ notice.

If you are like me and noticed the sign but had not yet gone in, do not wait any longer. Make the stop at this very satisfying Greek Deli.

One Stop Market & Greek Deli is at 7600 196th St., Lynnwood – on the border with Edmonds – and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily (lunch and dinner menus served until midnight).

More information is available on its website, onestopmarketdeli.com.

 

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