You’ll find college students, professionals and families gathering here on any given day.
127 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-221-2434. Open Tuesday-Saturday. $7-$13.50.
Flavor: A unique blend of cultures where the food is prepared according to Kosher guidelines under the supervision of Vaad Hoeir of Cincinnati. Classic Israeli delights of falafel, babaganush, stuffed grape leaves and homemade chumus appear on the menu. Select Italian offerings include eggplant parmesan, fettuccini Alfredo, baked ziti, spaghetti and gourmet pizzas. Vegetarian options abound.
Flair: Cool, airy, Mediterranean. Authentic flavors produced by Moroccan native Avner Chriqui and his wife, Karen. Expect them to be true to standards and staples; if they can’t find the best ingredients locally, they are imported to maintain the quality of their dishes.
8316 Plainfield Road, Deer Park, 513-791-1777. Open Sunday-Thursday. $5.50-$13.95.
Flavor: In the mood for a great gyro? Head to Clifton. The meat is juicy and perfectly spiced, while the tangy yogurt sauce offers great, cooling contrast. Prefer vegetarian? Get hummus and lemony tabbouleh on a nice, chewy pita wrap. The friendly fellows on Ludlow will gladly tell you the difference between their fresh Arabic baklava and other types of baklava, but that’s more information than you need. Just eat it. It’s delicious.
Flair: This is a deli, and, though there are a few tables in the back, if the weather’s decent, get your food to go and hike over to Burnet Woods for a picnic.
314 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-961-6060. Open Monday-Saturday. $2-$5.
Mirage Mediterranean Food
Flavor: Owned by a family that hails from Armenia, a land-locked former Soviet republic wedged among Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Mirage offers a decidedly authentic taste of the cuisines from throughout that region: Russian borscht, Armenian kebobs (chicken, pork, beef or lamb); Middle Eastern falafel, hummus and baba ganoush; and even gyros from Greece. Traditional cakes and baklava are popular. You might want to order dessert first!
Flair: Heavy drapes, tablecloths and dimmed lighting at night soften the hard edges of a fairly plain room in the middle of a strip mall. But the gracious, engaging staff is so enthusiastic about the terrific homemade food that you’ll feel like you’re family. BYOB is welcomed.
11379 Montgomery Road, Symmes Twp., 513-469-0089. Open Monday-Saturday. $6-$15.
Flavor: You won’t just find a Greek salad and gyros on the menu here. Owner George Psihountakis takes his heritage very seriously and offers authentic Greek cuisine that is unparalleled. Dishes such as mousakaa, cabbage rolls and many of all the great Greek dishes George loves. Ask about dinner specials.
Flair: Mythos is so popular, they have opened a large dining room at their Fourth Street location. Soon, you will be able to eat, drink, be merry and, to round out the experience, watch belly dancing. The owner is a charmer, and as one customer put it, the only bad thing is that you can’t eat the foil your gyro is served in! Liquor license at the Fourth Street location is coming soon.
410 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-3601; 100 E. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-381-3042; The Chiquita Center, 250 E. Fifth St., Downtown. Open Monday–Saturday. $4-$12.
Flavor: The longtime West Side lunch haunt is just as delicious as you remember it. An ethnic meat-lover’s heaven, the menu offers numerous Greek items and what many consider the best gyro in Cincinnati. The gyro meat also shows up in the Greek Salad and the Dolmathakia dinner (grape leaves with gyro meat).
Flair: Family-run, friendly ambiance. Most orders are carryout, but there are a few tables and booths. Watch the gigantic cones of meat spin in front of heat lamps, ready to slice and serve.
5209 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, 513-471-2100. Open Monday-Saturday. $3-$9
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