Hummus where the heart is

Local Mediterranean restaurant bowls over Austin with second area location

Local Mediterranean restaurant bowls over Austin with second location

MezzeMe Austin Campus
Bright colors pop in the new campus MezzeMe. Photo by Rick Cortez Photography
MezzeMe Austin Campus
The University of Texas mural is perfect for selfies, Photo by Rick Cortez Photography
MezzeMe Austin Campus
MezzeMe's bowls can be endlesly customized. Photo by Consumable Content
MezzeMe Austin Campus
MezzeMe Austin Campus
MezzeMe Austin Campus

The implosion of Vert’s/Noon/Daphne’s notwithstanding, build-your-own Mediterranean bowls are still a hot commodity in Austin, with big national brands like Cava drawing long lines at lunch. Now local brand MezzeMe is looking to bowl over the competition with a second area location.

A release reveals that a second location of the popular restaurant will open at 2530 Guadalupe St. on September 30 near the UT campus. The format will be the same as the original in the Triangle, which debuted in July 2017.

Like contemporary concepts, MezzeMe focuses on customizable bowls and wraps with a choice of base. The difference is that the brand crafts the menu around mezzes — small plates served in the Middle East, Balkans, North Africa, and Mediterranean countries like owner Mahmud Ugur’s native Turkey.

Choices like hummus, black eyed peas, tabouli, roasted carrot yogurt, and ezme (a spicy tomato-based dip) add zing to proteins like slow-cooked lamb, chicken shish kabob, and kofte meatballs. Diners' creations can be further tailored with toppings like crumbled feta, shredded carrot, pepperoncini, and kalamata olives and dressings such as tzatziki, lemon tahini, or the buttery house sauce.

In addition to the main fare, MezzeMe offers Turkish wine, beer, coffee, and tea. Non-imbibers can sip a selection of Maine Root Sodas.

The new location repeats some of the first storefront’s design elements, like bright turquoise banquettes and chalkboard panels, but has a sunnier feel. Local artist Mia Lucarelli contributed a Longhorns-inspired mural that is sure to be an Instagram star.

Starting September 30, MezzeMe will be open 11 am-10 pm daily. Happy hour will be served seven days a week with half-off mezze, draft beer, and wine.