Stepped into a random strip plaza on Military Trail, just south of Belvedere Road, and found an unexpected delight: a new Mediterranean spot cooking up some yummy, Turkish-leaning fare.
Locanta Local Eatery debuted this spring in a transformed former Subway space. The kitchen is in the hands of chef Alper Songul, formerly of Agora Mediterranean Kitchen in Northwood.
The restaurant’s take on Mediterranean fare may start in coastal Turkey -- hello, crispy borek handpies -- but it meanders throughout the region in delicious ways. You’ll find Greek flavors in the htipiti (feta spread), and Italian inspiration in the Tuscan falafel burger and Portuguese notes in the tenderized octopus with roasted veggies.
The menu features traditional, moderately priced starters like hummus, smoked eggplant, red lentil soup, healthy bowls, salads and sandwiches and a range of entrées (priced from $14 to $25).
I loved the chef’s grilled lamb meatballs. These deliciously spiced, plump orbs are served with a fluffy bulgur pilaf, grilled veggies and a white bean salad.
There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options at Locanta. There are daily specials as well, including $9.95 lunch combos, $7.95 burgers with thin-cut fries, $6.95 pasta and other options. Plus, there’s beer.
Locanta Local Eatery
- Located at 864 N. Military Tr., West Palm Beach; 561-429-3424
- Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.