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New Orleans Winter Restaurant Guide 2015: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern


1000 Figs
3141 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 301-0848;
Spawned by the Fat Falafal food truck, 1000 Figs serves a large falafel platter including hummus, baba ghanoush, yogurt, pickled carrots, beets, greens, bread and more. Roasted vegetable salad includes barley, feta and herb pesto. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 13, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
Chicken shawarma and gyro meat are available on individual platters or together in a combination including feta salad, hummus and rice. The combination kebab plate includes two choices of meat: kafta, beef tenderloin or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Seasoned, thinly sliced chicken is used in the chicken shawarma. Chicken artichoke pasta tops linguine with grilled chicken, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and creamy wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010;
Appetizers include baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves. Rosemary lamb chops are marinated with rosemary and olive oil, grilled and served with sauteed vegetables. The drinks menu includes Turkish coffee and Lebanese iced tea with rosewater and pine nuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9773;
Drunken Halloumi is cheese sauteed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes and garlic sauce. Assorted meat kebabs are served with two sides such as hummus or basmati rice pilaf. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos Market
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9777;
Grilled chicken salad features feta, black olives, tomato, cucumber and Greek dressing and comes with hummus, pita bread and basmati rice pilaf. The combo kebab plate includes chicken, minced lamb meatballs, beef kebab, hummus, salad, rice, pita and tzatziki. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Cleo's Mediterranean Cuisine & Grocery
165 University Place, (504) 522-4504
The menu includes many Mediterranean favorites such as hummus, falafel, gyro plates and more. Bone-in lamb shank is marinated in Greek olive oil, slow-roasted and served with two choices of hummus, salad or rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 371-5074;
The falafel sandwich is served on house-made Turkish bread. Moussaka features layers of grilled vegetables, tomato and bechamel and is available in lamb, beef and vegetarian varieties. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Couscous Royale is served with stewed chicken and lamb, grilled house-made merguez sausage and vegetables. Sauteed shrimp and mussels are served with tarragon seafood reduction over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lebanon's Cafe
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200;
Safeiheh is a miniature pizza of ground lamb and beef, tomatoes and spices baked on pita bread. Lebanon's chef special includes hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, tabbouleh, falafel and labna for two. No reservations. Lunch & dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mona's Cafe
504 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., (504) 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., (504) 894-9800;
The menu includes gyro, falafel, hummus and more. Gyro plates come with tahini, hummus, salad and pita. Za'ater bread is a small flatbread topped with olive oil, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Phoenicia Restaurant
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-9950
Chicken shawarma features chicken breast marinated with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs. T-bone steak is marinated overnight with a blend of seasonings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pyramids Cafe
3151 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602;
Lamb chops are marinated with olive oil, herbs and spices, grilled and served with hummus and salad. The vegetarian plate features hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and falafel. All plates come with white or whole wheat pita. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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