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Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

2018 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant


The flavors of the Arabic pantry shine in the vibrant dishes sent out of chef de cuisine Rory Lee’s small open kitchen, from the fatteh [...] read more»
2014 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Garlic ‘n Lemons

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


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

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


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


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

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»
2006 Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Boston Shawarma

Boston Shawarma's storefront may be nondescript and its interior dated, but the Lebanese brand of Middle Eastern fare served at this spot near Northeastern University [...] read more»
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 [...] 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»