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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern 

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

ACROPOLIS CUISINE
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046
Fried ravioli is seared in olive oil and served with marinara sauce. The souvlaki wrap combines marinated and grilled pork, lettuce, tomato, grilled sweet peppers, Bermuda onions and tzatziki sauce and comes with steak fries or grilled vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$ 

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com
The Albasha platter can be ordered with chicken shawarma, gyros or kebabs and comes with stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, hummus and rice. Broiled shrimp scampi are topped with sauteed mushrooms and bell pepper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.biz
Lamb chops are marinated with rosemary and olive oil, grilled and served with sauteed vegetables. The Babylon platter includes stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, hummus and rice and is served with either a kebab or chicken shawarma. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9773; 3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Drunken Halloumi is Cypriot Halloumi cheese lightly sauteed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes and garlic sauce. Order a rack of lamb or lamb strip kebabs with sides like hummus or basmati rice pilaf. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Combo kebabs include chicken, beef and lamb skewered with vegetables. The chicken and gyro plate is served with hummus, pita bread and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com
Lamb chops are served with hummus, rice, salad and grilled vegetables. Chicken zaroul is marinated in garlic, oregano and barbecue sauce and served with hummus, rice, salad and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURTYARD GRILL
4430 Magazine St., (504) 875-4165; www.courtyardgrillnola.com
Iskandar kebab is a combination of slow-cooked beef and lamb served on bread with warm tomato-butter sauce, yogurt and rice. Hunkar Beyendi features chunks of lamb kebab over roasted eggplant with tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

FATOUSH
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 371-5074
Moussaka, available in lamb and vegetarian varieties, features layers of grilled vegetables with tomato and bechamel sauce. Lamb shank is cooked in a spiced tomato sauce and served with rice, salad and grilled eggplant. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

GUSTO
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, (504) 581-5400; www.thetheatres.com/cafe
The chef's platter includes zucchini agrodolce, marinated olives, hummus, tzatziki and herbed feta. The Spanish muffuletta is made with serrano ham, chorizo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366 Grilled lamb chops are served with merlot and port wine reduction, steamed asparagus and pommes lyonnaise. Tunisian-style tagine of lamb is baked in a terracotta pot and served with saffron basmati rice. Whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LEBANON'S CAFE
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com
The sauteed vegetable plate features sauteed eggplant, onion, carrots, tomatoes, squash, cauliflower, broccoli and red, yellow and green peppers and melted feta and mozzarella cheeses over basmati rice. Char-broiled rosemary lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, Middle Eastern spices and rosemary. No reservations. Lunch and 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
A popular appetizer is the house-made hummus, served with pita bread that is baked fresh daily. Chicken shawarma, available in a number of dishes, features roasted meat that has been marinated in lemon, spices and olive oil. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-9950
Popular dishes includes seasoned and marinated chicken shawarma and the gyro plate with thin-sliced beef and lamb. The Phoenician plate includes tabbouleh, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, kebabs, salad and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFE
3149 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602
The lamb gyro wrap is dressed with lettuce and tomatoes and served with hummus, fries or salad. The vegetable plate features sauteed vegetables topped with feta cheese and comes with rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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