Best of Boston

1999 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Cafe Jaffa

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 service. The warm falafel, chicken, beef, or lamb-kabob sandwiches make a hefty lunch, and larger entrees come with rice, Greek salad, and fresh pita bread. Israeli and Lebanese wine and beer are on the drink list.

48 Gloucester St., Boston, 617-536-0230,