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Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

2014 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Garlic 'n Lemons

Allston
Let us, for a moment, break down this spot’s chicken shawarma sandwich: rotisserie-carved poultry, crunchy pickled turnips, fragrant sumac-spiced onions, a handful of fresh produce, […] read more»
2012 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
The regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea offer an embarrassment of culinary riches: olive oil, figs, and an abundance of fresh herbs and exotic spices. Fortunately, […] read more»
2011 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Helmand Restaurant

Cambridge
Judge the Helmand not by its cover—an unassuming facade steps from the CambridgeSide Galleria. Judge it instead by the cheerful yellow interior, accented with exotic […] read more»
2008 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
As cliche as it is to praise Middle Eastern food for its ‘sensuality’ or ‘exoticism,’ Oleana devotees are hard-pressed to describe the cuisine here without […] read more»
2008 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant, Affordable

Saray

Allston
The mousselike hummus at this miniscule Turkish joint sealed the deal: Halfway through the bowl, we’d used up every last scrap of the allotted sesame-topped […] read more»
2007 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Cafe Barada

Cambridge
In Boston, it wouldn’t seem far-fetched to believe the only food to come out of the Middle East is falafel. Caf Barada disproves that notion, […] read more»
1999 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Cafe Jaffa

Boston
Tucked away between Boylston and Newbury streets, this aromatic eatery serves food so fresh it sizzles, in a casual, seat-yourself space with fast and friendly […] read more»
1998 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

The Helmand

East Cambridge
This Afghan restaurant packs a tapestry of spice into every dish, from the marinated meat on the seekh kabab to the delicate baby pumpkin. The […] read more»
1995 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant, Dips

Eastern Lamejun

Belmont
Eastern Lamejun was making its traditional bean, grain, and nut dips long before they became trendy. The hummus is excellent, the tabbouleh lemony and green […] read more»
1995 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Kareem’s

Watertown
Chef/owner Ahmad Yasim cooks the food of his native Syria. We love the lemony split-pea soup, hummus, baba ghannouj, baked kibbeh, stuffed squash, and especially […] read more»
1983 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Nadia’s Eastern Star

Boston
Even Menachem Begin would be pleased. read more»