Tarragon chicken salad looks like it should be delicious...If you’ve been to “Fridays after Five,” you’ve walked by Bashir’s Taverna. Maybe you even sloshed in for a forgettable falafel after one too many beers in a tin bottle. Under such auspicious circumstances, the food might have been good. By the light of a sober weekday lunch, however, it reveals itself to be exceedingly average.

My friend Tom and I were seduced by sound of the “award-winning” apricot-glazed ham sandwich with brie, while our significant others opted for the tarragon salad and falafel platter. Bite one of the sandwich was good, but I grew tired of it by bite four or five. The slice of ham was too big and imposing, while the brie and sweet apricot together were too rich. It may have been a great sandwich when it won the (New York Times?) award in the mid-90′s, but something has gone missing in the years since. The other dishes looked delicious, but the results were equally blah.

It’s amazing how many times we have to learn this lesson, but if there’s no one else eating there during the lunch rush hour – and there was literally not one other customer for the first twenty minutes – it’s not going to be worth your time and money. If you’re looking for Mediterranean food, go Moroccan at Al Hamraa or Aromas.

Erin says: “Meh.”

award_star_gold_3 16Rating: Erin: Jed:

thumb_up 16 iconPros: Large portions.

thumb_down 16 iconCons: Mediocre food.

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: Sandwiches and salads $7-$9.

car famfam 16 iconParking: None, but the Market Street garage is just around the corner.

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