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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sufi's Kitchen (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Jerusalem Bakery & Grill (Where to Eat Recommendation)
The family-owned Palestine bakery and cafe has some of the best falafel and shawarma this side of Al Quds. The newly-opened, expanded location in Marietta has plenty of seating and a bustling lunch crowd with lines through the door. There's an adjacent Middle Eastern market selling a large variety ofmore...
The family-owned Palestine bakery and cafe has some of the best falafel and shawarma this side of Al Quds. The newly-opened, expanded location in Marietta has plenty of seating and a bustling lunch crowd with lines through the door. There's an adjacent Middle Eastern market selling a large variety of freshly made pita bread, spinach pies, different kinds of baklava and Palestinian sweets, and colorful lokum (Turkish delight) that you shouldn?t leave without. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle-Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle-Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mezza Lebanese Bistro AND Rumi's Kitchen

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill

Runners-up:


Ali Baba's


60 Broad St., 404-681-3997; 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-223-1445. www.alibabaatlanta.com.


AND


Mezza


2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Falafel Caf

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Falafel Cafe (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Mezza
2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833, www.mezzabistro.com

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparentmore...
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparent in Rumi's version of dolmeh – ground beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves. Don't miss the kashk badenjoon appetizer, a rich and addictive blend of eggplant and onion topped with cream of whey, fried onion and mint. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Mezza Lebanese Bistro (Permanently Closed)
There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That’s exactly what you’ll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious. Don’t miss the tangy lambmore...
There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That’s exactly what you’ll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious. Don’t miss the tangy lamb cooked in vinegar or the addictive fried cauliflower. The selection of Lebanese wines is a plus as well. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mezza
2751 LaVista Road 404-633-8833 http://www.mezzabistro.com There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That's exactly what you'll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious.more...
2751 LaVista Road 404-633-8833 http://www.mezzabistro.com There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That's exactly what you'll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious. Don't miss the tangy lamb cooked in vinegar or the addictive fried cauliflower. The selection of Lebanese wines is a plus as well. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill - Decatur

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grill - Decatur

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favormore...
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favor the tagines, meats and vegetables slow-cooked in a clay pot. But everyone loves the b’stella, a starter of roasted Cornish hen wrapped in phyllo-like pastry and coated in confectioner’s sugar. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge (Where to Eat Recommendation)
At IMPERIAL FEZ, chef/owner Rafih Benjelloun asks you to take off your shoes, lounge on pillows on the floor and eat his multicourse, prix-fixe Moroccan cuisine with your hands. While you eat sweet-savory b’stella and a fragrant tagine — the most authentic in the city — bellymore...
At IMPERIAL FEZ, chef/owner Rafih Benjelloun asks you to take off your shoes, lounge on pillows on the floor and eat his multicourse, prix-fixe Moroccan cuisine with your hands. While you eat sweet-savory b’stella and a fragrant tagine — the most authentic in the city — belly dancers undulate about you, candles balanced on their heads. You’ll be tempted to good-naturedly pull out your water gun and use the candles for target practice. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

The Cedar Tree

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cedar Tree, The (Permanently Closed)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Olive Bistro
First, a warning: If you plan to have human contact after a meal at OLIVE BISTRO, be sure it is with someone else who has recently been dipped in garlic. This tiny cafe in Little Five Points, unique for its Israeli influence, is truly fond of the vampire repellant. But we've found no better hummus ormore...
First, a warning: If you plan to have human contact after a meal at OLIVE BISTRO, be sure it is with someone else who has recently been dipped in garlic. This tiny cafe in Little Five Points, unique for its Israeli influence, is truly fond of the vampire repellant. But we've found no better hummus or falafel in town. Slices of roasted eggplant, lasagna and oily white beans studded with sun-dried tomatoes also please us. It's all about touring the entire Mediterranean with an Israeli culinary guide. "1099 Euclid Ave., 404-582-0029, and 650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-874-5336." less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Mezza
For slammin' falafel, head to MEZZA. The little spheres of garlicky mashed garbanzo beans are fried and served with lemon, tamari and parsley. But don't stop there. We love to start the meal with an order of hummus, then move on to the chicken shawarma - all cinnamony and soft - or the roasted eggplantmore...
For slammin' falafel, head to MEZZA. The little spheres of garlicky mashed garbanzo beans are fried and served with lemon, tamari and parsley. But don't stop there. We love to start the meal with an order of hummus, then move on to the chicken shawarma - all cinnamony and soft - or the roasted eggplant smoldering in cumin spiced tomatoes. If you like cheese, order the fried haloumi, also known as squeaky cheese. This is a salty and subtle cheese made of sheep's milk. Finish the meal with some homemade almond ice cream and strong coffee. This cozy place is a pitch-perfect neighborhood restaurant. "2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com" less...

Best Middle Eastern (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nicola's

Best Middle Eastern (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cedar's

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Olive Bistro
We like the Little Five Points OLIVE BISTRO location best, but you'll find the same good food at the new restaurant on Ponce (though it's not open nights). It's a deli-style operation, so you pick many of the selections from a glass case. But be prepared to be amazed. The hummus is the city's best bymore...
We like the Little Five Points OLIVE BISTRO location best, but you'll find the same good food at the new restaurant on Ponce (though it's not open nights). It's a deli-style operation, so you pick many of the selections from a glass case. But be prepared to be amazed. The hummus is the city's best by far. The roasted eggplant is likewise flawless. A white bean salad dotted with sundried tomatoes is flavored by enough garlic to kill all the vampires in Transylvania. Entrees, like skewered lamb over seasoned rice, confront you with half a dozen flavors. Best of all, it's cheap. "1099 Euclid Ave. 404-582-0029; 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-874-5336." less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Cedar Tree

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Lawrence's Cafe
Perseverance alone ought to earn this longtime Atlanta purveyor of Middle Eastern cuisine an award. Classic kebabs and various dips are still flawless, and we dote on lunchtime goodies like pita-pizza spread with hummus and chunks of lamb.

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez Moroccan Restaurant
The Princess of Jordan cited the Fez as the best and most authentic Moroccan food found in the States. And she would know. Complete with live music and belly-dancing, ethnic dining doesn't get much finer. Upholstered everything and rose-scented water for ceremonial hand washings assure that patrons feelmore...
The Princess of Jordan cited the Fez as the best and most authentic Moroccan food found in the States. And she would know. Complete with live music and belly-dancing, ethnic dining doesn't get much finer. Upholstered everything and rose-scented water for ceremonial hand washings assure that patrons feel like Moroccan royalty. A five-course meal (you chose the entree) and unlimited traveling breadbaskets add to the authentic and memorable experience. Just don't forget to leave your shoes at the door. less...

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