Comfortable and unpretentious, Alborz captures the essentials of Persia's rich and astoundingly varied culinary heritage. The daily lunch buffet is highly recommended.
Lebanese food trailer.
This fusion of Middle Eastern and barbecue features dishes such as Boy Dakar lamb burger, and yassa chicken quesadilla.
This hole-in-the-wall place serves Mediterranean-American cuisine, Philly subs, gyros, and salads, making it a quick campus-area halal option.
The menu is solidly Persian, with an assortment of Mediterranean standards thrown in for the less adventurous. Don't miss the lamb shanks.
Phara's offers several vegetarian options as well as salmon and lamb surprises. Try some postprandial shisha at the hookah bar next door.
The big deli case is full of baklava, fruit, flowers, and marinating lamb and beef. The portions here are enormous, and everything on the menu is made from scratch.
A Drag staple since the Seventies, first as a foot cart, then as a homey, hippie Lebanese restaurant, Tom’s Tabooley centerpieces a block of historic businesses with Antone’s Records and Centennial Liquors flanking it on either side. The restaurant’s status as a community space doubled in 2011, when it annexed neighboring fashion/music shop Sonny’s Vintage, which included a proper stage. Now aN all-ages concert space, Tom’s Tabooley hosts folk music, Americana, blues, open mics, and more in its spacious, seated lounge. Recently, they began serving beer, pairing well with their “best fries in Austin.”
Put yourself in the hands of an expert at the counter, and be guided through this menu. Composed of stews, salads, and kebabs, it is small enough that it takes only a few trips to sample its entirety. All meals come with hot tea and whatever dessert the kitchen whips up that day. These tend to be sticky and pudding-ish, but usually round out the meal in a pleasant fashion.
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