The vinaigrette-dressed barley salad, tossed with smoked salmon, sectioned grapefruit, and kalamata olives is inspired simplicity. Move on to the house-made merguez, a grilled Moroccan beef and lamb sausage served with a green olive and red pepper salad, crispy potato coins, and red pepper aioli. Finish up with a puckery lemon bar.
2307 Hancock, 512/371-6840
This market/restaurant from Houston's Mandola clan attracts crowds with imported Italian deli meats and cheeses, fresh-baked rustic breads and pastries, and homemade gelatos and sorbettos. Enjoy well-selected wines by the bottle or the glass and prepared foods to eat in the cavernous, crowded dining room or to take out.
4700 W. Guadalupe #12, 512/419-9700
This grocery and deli offers a selection of blintzes, fresh-smoked or marinated fish, caviar, top-quality meats, and Russian breads. The daily lunch specials ensure a surprise treat for every visit. Mmm, kartoshkas.
7817 Rockwood #102, 512/459-1449