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Cuisine: European, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Price Range: $$
Don't let the lackluster strip locale fool you, this cozy Greenville Avenue mainstay set the benchmark for Middle Eastern-Mediterranean cooking, and it's still in the top rank twenty years on. And... Read More
Don't let the lackluster strip locale fool you, this cozy Greenville Avenue mainstay set the benchmark for Middle Eastern-Mediterranean cooking, and it's still in the top rank twenty years on. And with its welcoming service, low prices and extensive repertoire of mouth-watering Turkish, Lebanese and Persian tapas offerings, it's easy to see why. The menu features everything from delicious dips– including what's been billed as the best hummus on the planet, to salads, kabobs and main courses like sautéed shrimp in pomegranate sauce and grilled quail with couscous. Not to be missed are the pirashkis, a Persian-style wrap stuffed with meat or vegetables and then pan-fried. Terrific daily specials and live Spanish guitar music on weekends– keep this place roaringly busy. Best to book ahead, just in case.
- Greenville Avenue's Best Restaurants: "Cafe Izmir offers specials everyday which include things like discounted tapas and $15 bottles of house wine or sangria. Check the website for more details."
- Best for Greenville Avenue's Best Restaurants Because: Colorful, crowded and delightfully delicious, this long-established neighborhood stalwart produces Middle Eastern cooking of the highest order.