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Winter Restaurant Guide 2016: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern 

click to enlarge Mimi’s in the Marigny’s tapas menu includes a grilled lamb chop.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Mimi’s in the Marigny’s tapas menu includes a grilled lamb chop.

1000 Figs
3141 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 301-0848;
The Middle Eastern menu includes a falafel platter for two, which comes with hummus, baba ghanoush, yogurt, pickles, beets, greens, bread, tahini, cilantro-chili sauce and garlic sauce. Roasted beet salad features barley, herb pesto and feta cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
600 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 345-3012; 1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
Mediterranean favorites include hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, baba ghanoush and more. The chicken shawarma platter comes with feta salad, hummus and rice. The combination kebab plate includes a choice of kafta, beef tenderloin or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Sauteed redfish is topped with crawfish white sauce and served with sauteed vegetables and salad. The hand-cut, garlic-marinated rack of lamb is served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple St, (504) 314-0010;
Baba ghanoush combines roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Chicken shawarma features sliced rotisserie-style chicken marinated with garlic, white vinegar and Mediterranean spices. 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. Lamb 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 with hummus, pita bread and basmati rice pilaf. The combo kebab plate includes chicken, lamb meatballs, a 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;
Mediterranean staples include falafel, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, lamb chops and more. Bone-in lamb shank is marinated in Greek olive oil, slow-roasted and served with two choices of hummus, salad or rice. Gyro platters come with hummus, salad, tzatziki and pita. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 371-5074;
Lamb, beef or vegan moussaka features layers of grilled vegetables, tomato and bechamel. The lamb and beef gyro sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki sauce on house-made Turkish bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Hummus & More serves moussaka made with eggplant, meat and cheese. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Hummus & More serves moussaka made with eggplant, meat and cheese.

Hummus & More
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9228;
The menu includes hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, seared halloumi, gyros, kebabs, shawarma dishes, wraps, salads and more. Entrees such as rack of lamb are served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Crawfish, zucchini and spinach bisque is a hearty winter soup. Grilled lamb chops are served with merlot-port reduction, potatoes sauteed with garlic and onion and steamed asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 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 Lebanese menu features falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, chicken shawarma, kebabs and more. Gyro plates come with tahini, hummus, salad and pita. Za'atar 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;
The Middle Eastern menu includes combination shawarma platters served with hummus, rice and Greek salad. Rotisserie chicken is seasoned with Lebanese spices and served with garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pyramids Cafe
3149 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602;
Grilled lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices and served with hummus and salad. The vegetarian plate features hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, pita bread and falafel. All plates come with white or whole wheat pita. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213;
Chef Alon Shaya's modern Israeli cuisine includes lamb ragu served over hummus. Wood-roasted cabbage comes with muhammara, tahini and hazelnuts. Pita is baked in a wood-burning oven. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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