STILL Poppin’

Ajeen and Juice of San Marco (where Pulp used to be) features Middle Eastern street food along with some recognizable favorites from the Pulp menu, like smoothies and acai bowls.

All the dishes are placed upon or wrapped with ajeen, a round Levantine dough, like naan or pita bread. The fresh, hot round of bread comes straight to your plate from their custom griddle (it looks like a giant round griddle combined with a Lazy Susan); its sole purpose is to give you the freshest ajeen.

If you’re wanting something filling (because smoothies are great, but nothing beats chewing), look at the menu’s two main sections: Manaeesh and The Meaty Ones. All Manaeesh options have a base of ajeen and Za’atar (a traditional Middle Eastern spice mixture). The Meaty Ones column features that same bread rolled up with fragrant, tender meats.

From the Manaeesh side, we tried The Original with Egg & Spinach ($6.50), a standard dish of bread with Za’atar seasoning and egg beaten with the spinach, poured over the ajeen and baked. It tastes almost like a frittata on a flatbread.

Sfeeha (pronounced s-f-ee-ha) and the Musakhan were easy choices from the Meaty section. The filling in Sfeeha ($7.50) is ground beef with tahini, a sesame paste. The combination of beef and tahini creates a truly savory bite that you don’t want to miss. The Musakhan ($7.50) is a chicken dish wrapped in ajeen with onions and sumac. The slight sweetness of the sumac and onions complements the tender ground chicken. The filling of these two “sandwiches” is gently rolled up into the ajeen—it’s delicious.

For a side to accompany your rollup, choose between two salads: Levantine Salad ($6), comprising field greens, olive oil and spices, or Salata Tahini ($6), which has cucumbers, tomato, mint, garlic, tahini, olive oil and spice. Because I reject nutrient-lacking lettuce at every turn, I went for the chunky and filling Salta Tahini. With halved cherry tomatoes and chopped cucumber, the dish also has a slightly creamy sauce thanks to the tahini. My tastebuds were delighted to discover that the mint really shined through.

From The Sweet Ones section, I chose the only thing I couldn’t pronounce—the Qatayef ($5), a dumpling-style dessert and the ice-cream-like Acai bowl. The slightly too-thick dough of the Qatayef is wrapped up like an empanada or hand pie and filled with cheese or pecans. The two dumplings are topped with a delicate orange blossom syrup. The thick frozen Acai bowl comes blended with frozen banana, a milk or juice base of your choice, and one fruit option. I chose strawberries. The whole bowl is finished off with a healthy sprinkle of granola. Out of the two, I’d just go with the Acai bowl; it’s one of the best healthy desserts you’ll ever eat.

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