Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delis abound. Here are some of the best.

The Gyro Pita at Gussy’s Place in Durham is made up of a lamb and beef mix served on a Mediterranean pita, tomato, red onion, with a choice of romaine lettuce or greek fries and tzatziki sauce. The Greek Salad seen here is made up of lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, E.V.O.O and served with a warm Mediterranean pita.

Some of the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast-casual eateries in the Triangle.

By Greg Cox

Originally published 8/31/2017

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops. We find so many, we only make it halfway through the alphabet. We’ll visit another group of them next month.

 

Al Baraka

3815 Hillsborough St., Raleigh

919-758-8118

albarakagrill.com

Originally a Middle Eastern market, Al Baraka moved into a larger location a couple of years ago and added a restaurant.

Try: Shish tawook, stuffed grape leaves, baklava. Before you leave, check out the adjoining market, where you’ll find everything from halal meats to house-roasted nuts.

 

Baba Ghannouj

2468 Walnut St., Cary

919-233-0907

babaghannoujcary.net

A locally owned oasis of fresh healthy fare amid the desert of chain restaurants that dominate the Crossroads mega-shopping complex.

Try: Chicken shawarma pita wrap (with pickles and fries), veggie sampler platter (choose from a varied selection of hot and cold options).

 

Cilantro Grill

5400-102 S. Miami Blvd., Durham

919-472-2424

cilantro-grill.com

This RTP eatery lives up to its “House of Kabobs” motto with what may well be the area’s largest selection of skewered proteins.

Try: Kebabs are the obvious choice, but don’t overlook entree alternatives such as pomegranate chicken and marinated lamb shank.

 

Falafel 54

2105-AA NC Hwy. 54, Durham

919-237-1635

falafel54.com

Its daily changing buffet has quickly made this relative newcomer in RTP a popular lunch spot.

Try: The buffet offering is pretty solid across the board, but don’t miss the chicken curry if it’s available.

 

Flame Kabob

7961-110 Skyland Drive, Raleigh

919-596-2525

flamekabob.com

Persian-style kebabs featuring halal meats make this little shop worth a drive to Alexander Village on the northwestern outskirts of Raleigh.

Try: Bone-in chicken (joojeh) kebabs are a best-seller, and deservedly so. I’m partial to the ground beef koobideh kebabs. Whatever you choose, make sure to get some of the sesame-spangled lavash, baked in the restaurant’s clay oven.

Gussy’s Place, opened by the owners of the popular Gussy’s food truck, is located at 2945-121 S. Miami Blvd., Durham. The restaurant serves up Greek street food.

Gussy’s Place

2945-121 S. Miami Blvd., Durham

984-439-8455

gussys.com

The brick-and-mortar location opened in 2015 by the owner of the popular Gussy’s food truck serves up Greek street food.

Try: The lamb-and-beef gyro pita if you’re just stopping in for a quick bite; otherwise, splurge on the Zeus platter: gyro, chicken breast, falafel, a small Greek salad, pita, Greek-seasoned fries and your choice of hummus or tzatziki – all for $13.

The Greek Salad at at Gussy’s Place in Durham is made up of lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, E.V.O.O and served with a warm Mediterranean pita.

Hummus Cafe

962-A Airport Blvd., Morrisville

919-650-1601

hummuscafenc.com

Tucked in behind a Mobil gas station, this hidden gem is worth seeking out for consistently rewarding scratch-made fare featuring fresh produce and halal meats.

Try: First-rate lamb gyro (chicken is also popular) – get the platter with a side of the restaurant’s namesake specialty hummus (choice of garlic, roasted red pepper, jalapeño or the “3 Way Hummus” combo).

 

Jasmin

Multiple locations; see website.

jasminbistro.com

From its original (and now closed) location in the Cary Towne Center food court, this eatery has grown to six locations in just over a decade.

Try: Chicken shawarma, kebab platters and house signature sandwiches (think Lebanese pita meets panini) called Zakis.

 

The Mediterranean Deli is located at 410 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.

Mediterranean Deli

410 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-967-2666

mediterraneandeli.com

First your jaw drops at the extensive selection. Then your mouth waters at the quality. No wonder Med Deli, as it’s fondly known to regulars, has been around for a quarter century.

Try: Really, it’s hard to go wrong here. But whatever you do, don’t miss the house-baked pita (gluten-free also available).

Fresh rolled pita dough is added to Mediterranean Deli’s pita oven during the lunch rush on W. Franklin St.

Neomonde

3817 Beryl Road, Raleigh; 10235 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville. A third location will open in Durham in the base of the new Unscripted Hotel this fall.

919-828-1628 (Raleigh); 919-466-8100 (Morrisville)

neomonde.com

The granddaddy of Lebanese delis started out as a family-run bakery in 1977 and evolved into a restaurant with a menu that has continued to grow over the years. Lunchtime lines at both locations attest to Neomonde’s enduring popularity.

Try: If it’s your first time, get the sampler platter and choose from the cold and hot dishes on display (add a date mammoul for dessert). You’ll see more temptations than you can order in one go, but trust me, you’ll be back.

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