I am a big fan of Mediterranean food. I love falafel, hummus and tabouleh and all the unique sauces they offer. The flavors are excellent when done right. Bay Area offers quite a few good Mediterranean options – Falafel Bite on Stevens Creek Blvd, the fantastic Falafel Stop on Sunnyvale-Saratoga road, and the sit down Dish Dash in downtown Sunnyvale.
A few years ago, Dish Dash opened a drive through, fast casual place on Mathilda Avenue called Dish’n’dash. I assumed that the food was no different from the Murphy St Dish Dash and skipped going there all these years. Our office campus moved to Sunnyvale, not too far from Dish’n’dash and I finally trudged there a few weeks ago. Since then, I have made multiple trips and can happily report that Dish’n’dash is a fantastic place to get a weekday lunch and is turning to be a regular haunt for me. Here is why.
The best way to describe Dish’n’dash is that its the Chipotle of Mediterranean food. I would completely not be surprised if they had Chipotle in mind while building this specific outlet. From the kind of paper that the menu is printed on to the way the menu is broken down to how the orders are processed, it looks and feels a lot like Chipotle. And that is not a bad thing.
Simple, easy and healthy choices are not common in the Mediterranean cuisine based restaurants and Dishndash is refreshingly different. Over my few trips to the place, I have tried multiple combinations, multiple side dishes and multiple drinks. And yes, multiple sauces. Most if not all of them were pretty good to great. The spicy sauce combos are definitely must have. Their fresh fruit juices (made in front of you) are a welcome option.
Seating is limited and the place is designed to be a takeout. You can also order via their website or their iPhone app. Ordering online is the best option. Saves you a ton of time waiting for food. The falafels are almost always freshly made. The veggies seem fresh. The bread is good and just a smidgen less awesome than the one at Falafel Stop.
Prices are reasonable- a base veggie falafel on rice or in a pita bread with no sides runs to about $7.5. Add in some sides and extras and it works to about $10. I usually have a drink to go with it and my bill works out to about $15. Not bad for a full and healthy lunch.
My only gripe- the baklava was just OK. I strongly recommend giving Dish’n’dash a shot. You will definitely like it.
Ambiance: 8/10. Really meant to be a takeout place with limited and cramped seating.
Service: 8.25/10. If you plan to take out, I strongly recommend ordering in advance. At peak lunch hour, wait times are usually 10-15 minutes.
Food: 9/10. Fantastic. Love it.
Price: 8.5/10. On par with competition and given the option to add things on for a price, manageable.
Overall: 8.5/10. It is the food that really matters here and it is very good. What are you waiting for?