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Nick’s Food to Go on the corner of Hill Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard might not look like much, but the Greek take-out eatery is a favorite with locals and food aficionados throughout Atlanta. Nick, his wife and their grown children operate the restaurant, adding a dash of authentic flair. The gyro platter, which includes a Greek salad and Greek fries on the side, is one of the most popular dishes. Anyone with room for dessert can try the baklava.
The Mediterranean Grill's three locations—Midtown Atlanta, Decatur and Marietta—are usually crowded with casual diners looking for gyros and kebabs. Other traditional Mediterranean dishes include Greek salads, falafel and tabouleh salad. Often, the most simple menu items are the most popular, such as a plate of hummus with pita wedges. Pita wraps, gyros and shish kebab plates are complimented by Greek potatoes, another popular offering. Order at the counter then settle in at a table in the casual dining room, or opt for take-out. The Mediterranean Grill has been voted the best Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant in Atlanta.
Ameer's Mediterranean Grill is an unpretentious, welcoming eatery where food takes precedence over everything else. This no fancy, Mediterranean restaurant which also features Middle Eastern fares has more of fish, salads, whole grains dishes though there are a selected few meat platters in the menu. From crispy falafels, delish shawarmas to the flaky hummus, everything is flavorful and delightful that you will want to come back for more. Vegetarians can also relish here on their veggie sandwiches and entrees.
One of Atlanta's most popular restaurants, Cafe Agora is almost always full. The menu is inspired by cuisine from countries bordering the Aegean from Turkey to Greece. You'll find a variety of salads, sandwiches, appetizers and meat dishes to choose from here. The lamb kofte, perfectly-seasoned skewers of minced lamb cooked to perfection are delicious, as is the rotisserie-roasted chicken gyro. For those looking for a vegetarian option, the tabouli, cracked wheat, diced vine tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, fresh herbs, lemon juice and olive oil; and the piyaz, white beans, diced vine tomatoes, red onions, carrots, potatoes, and olive oil are excellent choices. The traditional desserts are sinfully decadent; try the Turkish rice pudding, a creamy concoction of rice, milk, dry fruits and spices.
A meal at Buckhead's Kyma is an adventure in the lively culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. Tapas such as the spanakopita, a spinach and feta pastry, make for excellent sharing plates while entrees such as Greek fish and eggplant stew, complete with vegetables and garlic, make hearty meals.
Deep red walls, plush multicolored pillows and curtains and the mellow lighting, all make Divan Restaurant & Hookah Bar an intimate Middle Eastern oasis. The smells of exotic candles and hookahs mingle with the aroma of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, to create one tempting mix. The establishment also has a luxurious VIP room replete with Moroccan influences. Enjoy fare like Lamb Kabobs Salad and Spicy Shrimp, while you sip on some Turkish beer or a Pomegranate Martini, which happens to be the house specialty. You can end the languorous meal, with a fruit flavored hookah or sheesha. Check the website for the great specials offered.
Volare Wine and Bistro is a family-owned restaurant that brings the best of Mediterranean classics to Hapeville. Its vivid scarlet chairs contrast with its deep gray ceiling and bar. Its walls are adorned with shelves of wine bottles, stored in a slanting position to ensure its proper preservation. Sparkling lamps cast a golden glow over its wooden tables and flooring. Guests can savor starters such as Roasted Mixed Olives, a blend of rosemary, thyme, orange zest, roasted pepper and chili. This is followed by mains like Portuguese Style Mussels, Stuffed Salmon and Tuscan Ribeye. Finish your meal with dessert such as cheesecake or a coconut chocolate cake. Wine and beer connoisseurs will be delighted with their eclectic selection, including the Jailhouse Misdemeanor beer, the South African Frog Hill Chenin Blanc and the French Sancere Les Coutes.
Cafe Sababa is the labor of love of Doni and Ann Tamli. For a flavor of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, this is one of the best places to go in metro Atlanta. The vibrant restaurant with rotating artworks on its walls by local artists has a warm and inviting ambiance. The dishes are sublime and will make you want to come back for more. Catering to all palates, Cafe Sababa is an ideal place to dine with family and friends for a memorable dining experience.