African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Sheba's Ethiopian Kitchen Cooks with Soul

    With heady spices, fresh ingredients and loads of butter, this restaurant will send you home with a happy stomach.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Mediterranean Diet Is Hip (Again): Here are Five Places to Find Your Tabbouleh

    The Mediterranean diet was bolstered by a study recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine. The report concludes not only that a diet based on olive oil, nuts and fish can prevent cardiovascular disease but that it's more effective than the previously recommended low-fat diet. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Have We Got a Deal for You: Get Yourself Hummus at Qariah

    I don't normally point to the Daily Deals promotion that's offered in tandem with the Observer website, but this one looks too good to pass up. If you read my recent review of Qariah Lebanese Restaurant & Lounge you know I'm pretty smitten with their sandwiches and lunch buffet. Today you can get $2 ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Qariah's Stand

    Amidst other businesses fighting to serve alcohol on Greenville, this Lebanese restaurant ditches the booze.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Avengers Should Have Gone to Qariah on Greenville for a Shawarma Sandwich

    I've had a good time watching Qariah come into its own as a lower Greenvile Avenue restaurant over the past two months. When I first dropped in, my service was polite, but terribly inept. Over my visits for this week's review, it slowly got better. The bread became more consistent, and the dining r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    First Look At Qariah On Greenville Avenue

    Qariah quietly opened this week in East Dallas, offering residents Lebanese cooking along the newly renovated stretch of Greenville Avenue. The space is open and bright (the owners may think about turning down the lights) with indoor seating and a patio that offers hookah service. The real reason t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    New Lebanese Restaurant, Qariah, Opening Soon on Lower Greenville

    Qariah Lebanese Restaurant and Lounge is coming soon to 1811 Greenville Ave. Per their Facebook page, a grand opening is slated for October 22. The menu includes everything one would imagine a Lebanese restaurant would offer: baba ghannouj, hummus, falafel, pies, shawarma, kabab, lamb and much m ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Pera Turkish Kitchen's Suburban Sultans

    A restaurateur flees the high rents of Manhattan for Texas, and Far North Dallas is all the better for it.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Get Thee to the Grill on Meatless Monday

    Summertime is in full swing and along with it come cookouts, not to mention drunk people on boats, Ed Hardy swim trunks, entirely too many children everywhere, the need for those stinky citronella candles and sky-high utility bills from all that damned air conditioning. I relish the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    On Meatless Monday, All Hail the Mighty Chickpea

    No doubt many of us are probably suffering from a slight meat hangover after all those holiday weekend grill-fests. Now that Tuesday's here, it's back to work and time to detox from all that poolside barbecue gorging. May I suggest you embrace the glorious chickpea? Everyone knows and loves hummu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    If Jews and Muslims Ate Milk and Honey's Falafel Pita, They'd Be Too Happy to Fight

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Venue: Milk and Honey Sandwich: The Falafel Pita ($5.99) Bread: Fresh pita pulled straight from the oven Toppings: Falafel balls, Israeli sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    On My First Meatless Monday, Baby Steps (and No Tofu) at Fadi's

    Along with food critic Scott Reitz, resident booze correspondent Whitney Filloon is giving Meatless Mondays a shot. They'll both be sharing their experiences in the coming weeks. I couldn't quite stomach the idea of tofu or any new and therefore strange meat substitutes on my very first attempt at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    At Baboush, the Flavors of Morocco Taste Even Better with Gin and Vodka

    This week I was looking something different, my palate weary from ringing in the new year with an excess of cheap California champagne. So I headed to Baboush in the West Village in search of new flavors. Situated between sushi haven The Fish and Cork wine boutique, you might forget you're in Upto ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2011

    Conquering Marrakesh with the Baboush's Condiment Kings

    From the guys who brought you Medina, a new menu and a new neighborhood show a different side of Morocco.

  • Dining

    August 4, 2011

    At Ibex Ethiopian, the Dishes (and the Vibe) Are Communal

    And the menus, thankfully, have numbers.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Prince Lebanese Grill: Another Good Thing from Nazareth

    Lauren Drewes DanielsPrince Lebanese Grill's chicken shawarma.​The city of Nazareth sits 1,000 feet above sea level in northern Israel between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. In the late evening, lamps light up this ancient city's white façade and buildings with a glow the color of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Magdous a Must-Do at Aatish Grill

    What intrigued me most about Aatish Grill, a new Mediterranean restaurant on Trinity Mills Road, was the short chef's bio the restaurant stuck on its web site. recipemuncher​"Our experienced executive chef Sami Ahmad from Dearborn, MI provides exquisite food," the write-up promised. There ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Turkish Delights: Dallas Cooks Get Schooled
    In Food and Culture

    Photo by Hanna RaskinNevin Gezgin teaches Dallasites how to prepare Turkish dishes.​Students enrolled in the Turkish American Women Association's Saturday afternoon cooking classes in Richardson learn as much about cross-cultural dialogue as the right way to roll dolmas. Trying to determine h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kibbi at Ali Baba Cafe

    Merritt Martin​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Ibex Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar: Follow that Cab
    For a Taste of Africa

    ​I was tipped off to Ibex by an airport shuttle driver who was born in Ethiopia. When I told him I'd heard there wasn't any great Ethiopian food in Dallas, he looked at me quizzically and asked "What about Ibex?" Ibex opened three months ago on the ground floor of a generic-looking office bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    In the Land of Milk and Honey, They Have Porn. Of Course They Do.

    Milk and Honey and falafel sandwiches.​Milk and Honey Jerusalem Market and Grill 420 N. Coit Road, Richardson 972-404-0704 Try: The falafel sandwich Don't try: Thinking too hard about what makes the girlie mags kosher I went to Milk and Honey because I heard the Richardson café put pickles ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Biryani Bash: Chameli Restaurant vs. Chaat Cafe

    Our winner: Chameli Restaurant's chicken biryani​ You can tell a great dish or cuisine by the many legends and fuzzy stories surrounding its beginnings. Today, we offer such a meal, one that comes from humble origins and yet has satisfied kings and presidents alike. Biryani is a long-grain ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Izmir Market and Mediterranean Deli vs. Fadi's Mediterranean Grill: Hummus Hoedown

    ​Delectably creamy, nutty and decidedly vegan, the simple plate of hummus has taken its place on mainstream plates across the globe. And why not, the dish is relatively low in fat and calories, and serves our need for detoxifying agents. This is a bonus after a 3-day bender. Nutrition aside, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Park

    Presentation is not necessarily up market at Park.​The guys at Park are awfully proud of their wine list. It is pretty impressive. They even go as far as denoting which wines are organic, produced by women (what's that all about?), and which are vegan. But while they can "get you drunk," as our w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Food From Galilee

    It wouldn't be the media if there weren't a cursory reference to the recession, so here goes: Order the vegetarian Maza Tray for dinner at Food From Galilee, and your $12 will have you eating like a veggie queen (or king) for a week. Can't beat that, especially if you're a journalist in a bottomed-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Eatzi's

    A hat tip to the writers of Dude Food, who this February ensured that good ol' meat-eatin' men could dine successfully at Eatzi's. So, it turns out, can veggie-eating types. Eatzi's is one of those Oak Lawn institutions whose charming perks have given it staying power. It could be the outdoor pat ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 4, 2008

    Cheap Hookah

    In its own way, Al Amir is smokin’

  • Dining

    November 15, 2007

    Review: Sultan Café in Richardson

    Skip the food and fire up a hookah instead

  • Dining

    May 4, 2006

    Thank Heaven

    Irving's Kasbah Grill replaces lukewarm 7-Eleven hot dogs with great Moroccan fare

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Buffet

    Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Pappadam (That's Right, Best Pappadam)

    Buddha's Special at Cosmic Café

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Middle Eastern Grocery

    Worldwide Food Inc.

  • Dining

    May 2, 2002

    Dinner in a Pinch

    It's hard to fill in the gaps at Lalibela

  • Dining

    February 14, 2002

    Tent Chic

    Tabouli's found a gimmick, and it works

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

    Basha Mediterranean Restaurant

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Hummus

    Ali Baba

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best middle eastern restaurant

    Basha Mediterranean Restaurant

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Finger food

    Be a kid again and bring a bib to Ghion

  • Dining

    June 25, 1998


    Bistro A scores straight, solid grades

  • Dining

    February 19, 1998

    Hole-in-the-wall treasure

    Tasty Greek is disheveled, but the food cleans up

  • News

    November 20, 1997

    The cats of war

    The co-founder of an exotic cat sanctuary loses everything, but did the punishment fit the crime?

  • Dining

    March 6, 1997

    Involuntary takeout

    But then, who needs ambiance when you've got Ali Baba's terrific Middle Eastern?

  • Dining

    March 28, 1996

    Adventures in dining

    Sahara provides a welcome oasis in Dallas' dining desert

  • Dining

    December 28, 1995

    Essential Middle Eastern

    Mediterranean Oasis offers delights in a 7-Eleven ambiance

  • Dining

    August 10, 1995

    Turkish delight

    Cafe Istanbul offers an exotic bazaar

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