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Best Middle Eastern in Houston

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Garson

Garson serves traditional Greek, Roman and other Mediterranean dishes. A Houston centerpiece for many years, friendly service and decor complements the dining experience. The restaurant provides a comfortable and cozy atmosphere where patrons can relax and enjoy the meal in a contemporary decor. Enjoy generous portions of richly flavored delicacies prepared and served with a lot of attention to detail. Those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare can ask the friendly staff to help them with their selections.

Houston, TX, United States
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Sinbad Café

This tiny strip mall gem is a Middle Eastern treasure. Casual dining is an understatement. Step inside to chow down to the sounds of televised soccer, or dine outside while leisurely reading the paper and puffing away on a fragrant hookah. Settle in amongst a peach-colored wall of banquettes, tables, and booths, and dip warm pita bread into creamy, nutty hummus. Aid digestion with refreshing tabouli that's light on bulgur and heavy on flavor. In competition for what might be the tastiest dish are the juicy chicken shawarma with its zesty garlic sauce and the allspice-hinted beef dripping tahini from its perfect pita. -Gemma Amato

Houston, TX, United States
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Himalaya Restaurant

The Himalaya Restaurant the food really is exceptional and the prices reasonable. First of all, for those culturally sensitive, this is a Pakistani restaurant so the dishes are very similar to Northern Indian cuisine. This means there are lots of goat and lamb choices, biryanis (rice), and kebabs. Try the Gola Kebabs (the most amazingly tender grilled beef) with garlic naan hot out of the oven, washed down with mango lassi, and finish with the Rabri Walli Kheer-an almond rice pudding. Can't decide what to eat? Let Chef Kaiser decide. - JoAnn Takasaki

Houston, TX, United States
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Kasra Persian Grill

Make a reservation and take a trip down Westheimer to the pleasantly international Westchase District for a pleasing taste of Persia. If you still haven't given Middle Eastern food a try, you are sorely missing out. Kasra Persian Grill is the perfect place to start with their warm and inviting atmosphere and crave-worthy food. Despite this being Texas, lamb is indeed the new beef, and Kasra's Lamb Shank is simply other-worldly. Not sure which spiced meat you're in the mood for? Get a combo, featuring hot skewers of either red meat or poultry. Even try the marinated Salmon Kebab. And you'll love the fluffy Basmati rice and spiced grilled veggies. -Adam Rosen

Houston, TX, United States
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Empire Turkish Grill

Turkish food is exquisitely delicious, and actually quite healthy. As the cuisine grows in popularity in Houston, Empire Turkish Grill in Memorial shines with the best of them. Enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, their menu is filled with scrumptious, authentic dishes. Among Empire's juicy kebabs (a Turkish staple), the Adana Kebab is a meal to behold. Cooked on skewers, this juicy ground lamb tastes as it does in Istanbul, and could easily be the best kebab you'd find outside of Turkey. Served with perfectly cooked veggies and plump Turkish rice, it's got everything you need to satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to cap your meal off with a pleasant Turkish tea. -Adam Rosen

Houston, TX, United States
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Kabob Cafe

The next time you're in Sugarland, and fast foods all there's time for, pop in to Kabob Cafe for a way-better-than greasy burger and fries combo. Kabobs are not only a Middle Eastern staple, but also the fast food meal of choice throughout Europe, and for great reason. Whether you get a grilled meat skewer with fluffy Persian rice and marinated veggies, or a juicy Gyro sandwich on fresh baked pita, dust it off with tangy chili sauce and savor every bite. Finally, you can finish off your meal with the ever-sweet Baklava, and a super thick Turkish coffee. - Adam Rosen

Houston, TX, United States
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