One day you might be headed to Greeley, Colorado. Perhaps your grandmother lives there, or you have an underachieving nephew attending UNC (just kidding, I love you guys!!!), or maybe you are on a field trip studying sadness. Until recently, your food choices would not encourage you to come back, but last month a fun little shop called RUMI House of Kabob opened at 1116 9th Street. It’s actually a two-story Victorian house, so drive slowly once you cross 11th Avenue so you don’t miss it.
RUMI does not have a terribly varied menu--it really does specialize in kabobs and gyros--but everything is exceptionally good. The hot black tea is lightly herbed and the hummus is remarkably well-balanced in flavor and a nice smooth, thickish texture. Have the red lentil soup (they’ll give you a half order if you’re worried about getting too full--that’s what I did); it is thick, creamy, and amazingly delicious. Like the hummus, it’s full of different flavors that blend together beautifully. It’s served with ground cumin sprinkled on top, a slice of lemon on the side, and a little bottle of hot sauce. It is close to perfection.
They were out of baklava, leaving only caramel flan on the dessert menu. I had my heart set on baklava and couldn’t switch gears to get excited about flan, but that’s OK. I’ll be back to try the gyro, anyway.
PS--There’s no coffee on the menu, so walk over to Woody’s Newsstand at 942 9th Street for a cappuccino and a leisurely peek at some magazines from all over the world.
That’s it. That’s all I’ve got for ya if you come to Greeley. But it’s good!