I found the Mediterranean restaurant Phoenicia on a friend’s recommendation. I doubt I would know it any other way because it’s rare I travel south on Route 36 on Altoona’s Logan Boulevard toward Hollidaysburg. But there it is. And more people should know about it.
I was still on my road trip with Carolyn but we were headed home when we stopped on a Friday evening. I really liked the ambience. Although there were other customers the restaurant felt quiet and spacious.
We sat down and were promptly waited on. When the waiter told us the specials, he mentioned something I wasn’t familiar with—lambic. (I’ve since found out that I must live in some kind of cloud because this is not new to other people.) The waiter said it was a framboise (raspberry) lambic. Knowing how raspberry iced tea can be, I first asked if it was sweet. He assured me it wasn’t so I had to try it, of course. I also ordered the special: haddock over cous-cous.
Carolyn ordered the vegetarian combo platter (“A fabulous combination of our vegetarian dishes consisting of spanakopita, tyropita, grape leaves, falafel, hummus, babaganouj, and roasted vegetables”). What she really wanted was the stuffed grape leaves. Her plate was huge; she ended up taking most of it home.
Our dinners were very good. The lambic was a nice change from wine or beer. Normally at this point I’d be mentioning what dessert I had. The cakes in the case looked beautiful but we were headed for State College because Carolyn wanted ice cream from the Creamery (she doesn’t get to Pennsylvania much and so this was very necessary!). I do go to Altoona regularly, and I will definitely go back to Phoenicia to give those desserts a try.