Cafe Pita +
10852 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77042
Bosnian food may not be the first thing you thing of when you hear Mediterranean, but perhaps you should consider it. Cafe Pita + is one of the only Houston-area restaurants that specializes in Bosnian cuisine. The food here is so highly acclaimed that it appeared on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” If you visit Cafe Pita +, be sure to enjoy the clay pot-roasted lamb shank dish called pirjan for $11.99 or the sutlijas, a homemade rice pudding, for $4.99.
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
912 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine is a favorite for individuals going for a quick lunch or groups of people who need a meal catered. The food is technically Lebanese-based, but it is still features some iconic Mediterranean dishes. One of these that you must taste at the restaurant is its hummus. Ordered in the dining area, you can get a small order for $3.99 or a large for $5.99. The take-out menu features a spicy hummus, too, that is just as good as the original, but it has the added kick of habaneros. The spicy hummus is the same price as the regular and each order comes with fresh, house-made bread for dipping.
Skewers Mediterranean Cafe and Grill
3991 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77027
Skewers Mediterranean Cafe and Grill is another Lebanese-focused restaurant, but all of its dishes have just enough of a flavorful twist to make them exciting takes on old favorites. It even offers vegetarian dishes. When you go to Skewers, try the lamb meatball pasta on the dinner menu for $16.99. This dish combines capellini pasta with marinara sauce and lamb, feta and pine-nut meatballs. A sprinkling of feta and parmesan cheeses finishes the dish. To totally immerse yourself in the experience, go on a Friday or Saturday night when the restaurant features live belly dancers.
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3701 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77098
Turquoise Grill’s Kirby location resembles a small, unassuming deli, but once you taste the menu items, you will be transported across the Atlantic and Mediterranean to the heart of Turkey. Be sure to try the Sultan Beyti kebabs. This dish includes seasoned beef and lamb on skewers served with lavash bread, tomato sauce, yogurt, grilled vegetables and jasmine rice. This filling meal is only $16. The menu calls it the favorite dish of Suleiman the Magnificent. Finish off your meal with a cup of Turk kahvesi (Turkish coffee) for $3.50.
2520 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006
Ask anyone in town where the best place to get Greek food is and you will undoubtedly hear about Niko Niko’s. This mainstay of the Montrose area quietly servs large crowds its famous Greek food, including some meatless dishes, which are highlighted on its menu. Try the gargantuan beef and lamb gyros served with a mountain of French fries, rice or roasted potatoes. The price of the dish is $8.95, but one of the hallmarks of Niko Niko’s is the huge amount of food you get for your money. This place is popular, and when you go, it may seem like everyone in Houston is waiting in line with you. Bear with the crowds and you will be rewarded with top-notch food.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.