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Monday, November 1, 2010

Mission Serendipity

The typical autumn rains have been absent these days and we've been blessed with some really nice weather.  Not t-shirt weather, but go for a drive in the country type weather.  So on a recent visit to see my sons in Pitt Meadows, I suggested we carry on up the north side of the river, cross the bridge in Mission and pay ah-Beetz Pizza in Abbotsford a visit.

But this was one of those times I should have called ahead, because when we arrived owner Terry informed me they weren't going to open that night.  Dejected, I asked him if there was anything nearby worthwhile so we could salvage the road trip.  He suggested we return to Mission and seek out Cleopatra.

Cleopatra Mediterranean Cuisine is and unassuming little restaurant along the main drag in downtown Mission, the sort of commercial area that looks like at hasn't changed much in 50 years.  Furniture stores, doctors' offices, pawn shops ... and several restaurants of the "family" variety.

The interior of the restaurant is finished in bright paints and tiles inviting you inside to sit at a small group of tables near the front (I suspect take-out is bug business here).  And if the decor isn't enough to get you in, the wondrous spicy smell of Mediterranean cooking will be.  Both my sons were grinning from ear to ear as they inspected the buffet tables that were teaming with all sorts of Middle Eastern salads, mezes and meat dishes.

The deal of the day is the buffet, although each item is available a la cart.  For about $8 (slightly less at lunch time) you get a plate piled high with as much or as little of each item as you like.  The owners are proud of what they serve and with good reason.  Dinner was delicious and satisfying.  It's at least as good as anything I've had in Vancouver.

This discovery also proves that if you're looking for good value in a restaurant, ask a cook that offers the same in his restaurant.  People who love food love sharing their discoveries.  Thanks Terry for sharing yours.

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Cleopatra Mediterranean Cuisine
33082 1st Ave
Mission, BC
(604) 287-1767

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