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The Truck: Za'aTar

The Fare: Mediterranean cuisine

The Stop: New food trucks drop in on Amazon's campus so frequently it makes it hard to choose:

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If Za'aTar is Good Enough for a Buff Crossfitter, it is Good Enough for Me

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The Truck: Za'aTar

The Fare: Mediterranean cuisine

The Stop: New food trucks drop in on Amazon's campus so frequently it makes it hard to choose: French-styled crepes, good ol' fashioned burgers or Indonesian? Or maybe a little Mexican?

My food truck path becomes clear as I spot Marshawn Lynch's doppelganger in a black Crossfit hoodie fervently making his way to Za'aTar. He confidently walks up to the truck and the Za'aTarians acknowledge him with a quick, "You want the usual?" "Yes!" is the excited response.

Since he appears to be a big rock of muscle and the epitome of health, I first decide to stand close to him (maybe his killer physique will rub onto me through osmosis or something?) and order what he is having: the $7 rosemary lamb gyro with $3 for extra meat. This truck's top seller comes with chunks of high quality sheep cooked perfectly, with that pink tender center that any griller would envy.

Mr. Crossfitter may need all the protein he can get so he can dominate his peers on the pull-up bar, but sometimes I prefer the vegetarian route. The Spice "Z" falafel is one of my favorites. It has a zingy green aioli and is topped with romaine lettuce, house-pickled bell pepper and pepperoncini.

Next time I feel like a soup and salad, this truck will be very high on my list. The $3 soup of the day, a tomato coriander with chunks of lamb and chickpeas, is hands-down one of the best soups I have tasted this winter season.

The salad, at an equal value of $3, greeted me with fresh romaine, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, feta, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette that is also one of the best vinaigrettes I have tasted in a while.

I am shocked at the high caliber of food coming out of such a small cooking space, until I hear Za'aTar's chef /co-owner worked at Eastlake's Cichetti. He started their magnificent bread program, which explains why the Mediterranean truck's flatbread, made fresh daily, tastes so deliciously familiar. The crew also pickles vegetables.

Wait times may be slightly longer than your quickie grab-and-go because everything is made fresh to order, but I'd be late to any meeting if I had a Lamb Gyro in me.

With a permanent new spot on Wednesdays in Amazon land and appearances at the downtown 2nd and Pike food pod, heed my warning on this 2.5 month old food truck: The word is going to get out. Then you will be waiting your arse in line, hoping they do not sell out of gyros and falafel before you freeze to death. Or maybe you will get lucky and find a crossfitter looking for a game of medicine ball catch.

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