Being half Arabic means I'm always on the hunt for some good and authentic Mediterranean food.
A few years ago, Crimson opened up on Ocean Park which led to them opening another location but this time, in Santa Monica.
They have a small outdoor space that's spacious and comfortable and perfect for dining in on a warm day. They believe the best way to create delicious food is to actually be inspired and their concept is very simple, “create your own dish” meaning you pick your proteins, carbs, and sides.
This coupled with the highest quality ingredients, and a heavy-handed dose of experience places crimson Mediterranean cookhouse as the perfect dining experience.
Their secret is that everything is fresh and never frozen, and all of their meat is antibiotic & hormone-free. It’s also marinated and prepared daily with 100% olive oil, the finest middle eastern spices, and no preservatives added.
In terms of drinks, they serve intelligentsia coffee and La Colombe coffee, which honestly doesn't get any better than that.
I personally love Mediterranean food and can be really picky with it, this place is above standards and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of cuisine or anyone who loves healthy food as it's voted as one of the healthiest food in the world and can help protect against heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even help with weight loss.
All dishes are served with pita bread, garlic sauce, or rose sauce and choice of sides. Their white meat chicken kabob served with rice is my favorite and I usually get that with hummus and salad or french fries if I'm feeling like fries that day. Their fries are an absolute must, they're fresh and crispy.
Another option is their grilled salmon, which melts in your mouth and has the perfect spices to it.
If you're more into veggies, they offer a great falafel veggie plate and I don't know about you but I think it's very hard to make a good and flavorful falafel so Crimson does it very well. Their falafel is drizzled with tahini and the side options are abundant.
Choose from: Lentil soup, labneh, dolmas, kale salad, shirazi salad, babaganoush, or hummus.
If you're looking for more of a wrap they have a delicious array, my favorite being the crimson chicken wrap with lettuce, Monterey jack cheese and tortilla strips with spicy herb ranch dressing. I always get the fries with this one.
Another popular one is their chicken shawarma with dark meat, served in greek pita bread only, wrapped with lettuce, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, Lebanese turnips, tahini and garlic sauce. Once again, fries are a must.
Whenever I come here for lunch I either go for a wrap or a salad, I think their plates are perfect for dinner and the salads are nice and light. Their crimson salad with kale, romaine lettuce, avocado, corn, black beans, tomatoes, scallions, fried onions & tortilla strips with monterey jack cheese tossed in our spicy herb ranch dressing is amazing.
They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options.