Mouthful - Falafel

This open, sunny Middle Eastern spot serves Lebanese specialties with more originality and finesse heretofore seen in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The fattoush salad is outstanding, as are the grape leaves, shanklish cheese, falafel and piquant sausages. 10684 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, 678-352-0321.

Mediterranean Grill
Mediterranean Grill is short on ambiance but long on the traditional menu items that Greek and Middle Eastern food lovers crave. The generous, cheap shish kabobs, falafel and gyro sandwiches are staples for nearby Emory students. 2126 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, 404-320-0101.

Mezza, a Lebanese Bistro
Similar to Byblos, the menu at this popular Oakgrove spot is comprised entirely of traditional, appetizer-sized plates of Lebanese mezze. Vegetarians have plenty to choose from here. The falafel is exceptionally well-crafted, with a soft and lemony interior seasoned just so. 2751 LaVista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833.

Olive Bistro
Swing by either Olive Bistro locations for lunch: The service is nimble and the food arrives swiftly. Try the Mediterranean plate of Middle Eastern greatest hits (falafel, hummus, baba ghannouge, tabbouleh) or The Greek - gyro meat served on seasoned rice and lentils with tzatziki sauce. 1099A Euclid Ave., 404-582-0029; 650 Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 680A, 404-874-5336.

Sub & Shish Kabob
Sub & Shish is an operation run single-handedly by Fakhir Ail, the gentlemanly owner who prepares all the kabobs, sandwiches and salads to order. Falafel are impressively crunchy and so ungreasy you could be tricked into thinking they’d been baked. 2825 E. College Ave., Avondale Estates. 404-297-0029

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