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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern 

1000 Figs
3141 Ponce de Leon St., Suite 1, (504) 301-0848; www.1000figs.com
The falafel feast includes falafel, flatbread, hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki, pickled vegetables, beet and carrot slaw and mixed greens. The Georgian salad features cucumber, tomato, basil, cilantro, crushed walnuts and sunflower oil dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046; www.facebook.com/acropolismetairie
Chicken kebabs are served with sides such as Greek salad and hummus. Roast leg of lamb with vegetables and rice pilaf or a baked potato is an occasional entree special. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. 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; www.albashabr.com
The chicken shawarma platter comes with feta salad, hummus and rice. Mousaka features layers of ground beef, eggplant, potatoes and bechamel and is served with rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Attiki Bar
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
Rack of lamb is marinated in garlic seasoning and served with a choice of baba ghanoush, hummus, garlic mashed potatoes, couscous, rice, sauteed vegetables or salad. The chicken artichoke linguine features grilled chicken breast, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in white wine cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.biz
Chicken shawarma is sliced rotisserie-cooked chicken prepared with garlic and Mediterranean spices, served with hummus and salad. The appetizer sampler includes hummus, baba ghanoush, labneh, falafel, tabbouleh and grape leaves. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9773; www.byblosrestaurants.com
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; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Grilled chicken salad features feta, black olives, tomato, cucumber and Greek dressing with hummus, pita bread and basmati rice pilaf. The combination 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; www.facebook.com/cleosnola
The menu includes falafel, shawarma, kebabs, lamb chops, stuffed grape leaves, Halloumi cheese and more. Gyro platters come with hummus, salad, tzatziki and pita. A combo plate features skewers of chicken and beef plus hummus and rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

The Halal Guys
301 St. Charles Ave., (504) 302-2918; www.facebook.com/thehalalguysnola
The combination platter includes gyro meat, chicken, rice, pita bread and white sauce or hot sauce. Falafel sandwiches are dressed with white sauce or hot sauce on pita bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Hummus & More
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9228; www.hummusandmore.com
"Nachos" are pita chips topped with gyro meat, feta and Jack cheeses, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and tzatziki. Lamb, beef, shrimp or kafta kebabs are served with two sides such as hummus, rice pilaf, tabbouleh and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Jamila's Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine
7808 Maple St., (504) 866-4366
Crawfish, zucchini and spinach fill a creamy bisque. Mediterranean shrimp are sauteed with garlic, white wine, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes served over linguine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Jerusalem Cafe
2132 Tulane Ave., (504) 509-7729; www.facebook.com/cafehei
The gyro platter includes rice, tomatoes, onion and pita. The menu includes shawarma, lamb chops, falafel, kebabs, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mona's Cafe
504 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-4115; 3901 Banks St., (504) 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., (504) 894-9800; www.monascafeanddeli.com
The menu includes hummus, baba ghanoush, kibbeh, falafel, 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., Suite C, Metairie, (504) 889-9950; www.phoenicianola.com
The lunchtime gyro platter features thinly sliced beef and lamb gyro, tahini sauce, rice and hummus. Jumbo shrimp are marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices, grilled on skewers and served with two sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pyramids Cafe
3149 Calhoun St., (504) 861-9602; www.pyramidscafeonline.com
Lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices, grilled and served with hummus, salad and pita. The combination plate includes shawarma, gyro, hummus, salad and pita bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Shaya
4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com
Alon Shaya's modern Israeli cuisine features house-baked pita bread and small dishes of baba ghanoush, goat cheese-stuffed peppers, pickles, Moroccan carrots and more. Lutenitsa features roasted tomatoes, peppers and eggplant and is served with house-baked pita. Roasted salmon is served with tarragon, apricot and walnut potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tal's Hummus
4800 Magazine St., (504) 267-7357; www.talshummus.com
The menu includes pita sandwiches, salads, dips, falafel and more. Beef kebabs are served with grilled tomatoes, onion, salad, tahini, fries and pita. Hummus is served with a kebabs, asparagus or sauteed mushrooms and garlic. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



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