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Where to Find Excellent Mediterranean Cuisine in Houston

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For those times when a serious craving for hummus or shawarma strikes, it’s fortunate that Houston is replete with restaurants boasting excellent versions of classic Mediterranean dishes. From hookah bar hangouts to ritzy River Oaks dining rooms, there’s a slew of options for satisfying a craving.

Whether in search of a traditional gyro on the go, potent and rich Turkish coffee, or a lavish Greek feast with wines to match, consider this map as a guide to Houston’s best Mediterranean restaurants.

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Niko Niko's

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Find a hefty menu of Greek plates at this time-honored Houston restaurant with outposts in Montrose, Downtown and Memorial. Go for a traditional gyro platter, or try something with a Tex-Mex twist like the pita quesadillas with sliced gyro meat. For breakfast, try baklava French toast or a bacon, egg and cheese pita.

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

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Options are aplenty at this Houston institution known for its vast menu of Mediterranean eats. In addition to plain hummus, there are spinach and caramelized onion varieties too. Add a little freshness to your lamb gyro or chicken shawarma — here, salads span from traditional Greek to the vibrant beet and jicama.

Helen Greek Food & Wine

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At this hidden Rice Village gem, find Greek taverna dishes built for sharing and an exclusively Greek wine list. Begin with the haloumi cheese or the trio of dips — chickpea, red pepper hummus, and tzatziki all appear together with grilled pita bread — then splurge on the whole fresh fish, prepared “plaki style”.

Harry's Restaurant

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Ever since the Platsas family took over this popular breakfast destination in the ‘90s, they incorporated dishes reflecting their Greek roots into the menu. In addition to hotcakes, breakfast tacos and migas, there is a Greek omelet, yogurt bowl, and the grilled baklava French toast, topped with a double scoop of Greek-style yogurt ice-cream.

La Fendee

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Go for the food, and stay for the hookah. This longstanding restaurant features plenty of Mediterranean staples and a lively Montrose patio on which to enjoy them on. There are stuffed grape leaves, falafel plates, and meaty gyros.

Ekko's Greek American Deli

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Don’t let its home inside a station convenience store deter you — Ekko’s offers quality Greek eats at a budget-friendly price. The menu is simple and satisfying, from Greek salad to overstuffed gyros, falafel sandwiches, and baklava.

Ouzo Bay

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With its coastal-inspired aesthetic, attractive indoor and outdoor dining spaces within River Oaks District and an impressive sea-food heavy menu to match, Ouzo Bay offers a true escape to the Mediterranean. Start with the flaming saganaki, a pan-fried kefalograviera cheese that’s flambéed tableside, then dig into stunning whole fish. Here, varieties like Aegean bronzino are flown in fresh from the Mediterranean.

AL Quick Stop

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Despite its home, tucked away inside a Montrose corner store, AL Quick Stop boasts an extensive menu of Mediterranean eats. Score gyros and shawarmas wrapped in warm pita, or have the spit-roasted meats in a bowl atop a bed of rice and paired with savory sides like fried cauliflower, stuffed kibbeh, spicy potatoes, or lentil soup.

Craft Pita

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With a major focus on sourcing local ingredients to create classic dishes, Craft Pita is always a super-fresh spot to dine. Score feta and tomato salad, traditional Lebanese kafta that’s made with Wagyu, and super-creamy baba ganoush. The menu here also incorporates owner Rafael Nasr’s family’s own olive oil from Lebanon into its dishes, resulting in picture-perfect plates of hummus and labneh, perfectly swirled with the fragrant oil. 

Just GRK

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This family-owned eatery on Houston’s West side puts a Texas spin on Greek classics. Choose your own adventure by building a grilled meat plate, incorporating meats like beef tenderloin with Greek hummus, chipotle tzatziki sauce, and pita. For a hearty meal between the buns, try the GRK chicken sandwich, layered with cucumber relish, tomatoes, and tzatziki ranch.

Istanbul Grill & Deli

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This Rice Village gem is a standout in the city for its authentic Turkish plates and strong kahve, or Turkish coffee. The spotlight is on grilled meats like ground lamb kebabs and beef sis kebab, but there are plenty of vegetarian options too. Try a Turkish pizza, topped with chopped vegetables and baked in the restaurant’s brick oven.

Niko Niko's

Find a hefty menu of Greek plates at this time-honored Houston restaurant with outposts in Montrose, Downtown and Memorial. Go for a traditional gyro platter, or try something with a Tex-Mex twist like the pita quesadillas with sliced gyro meat. For breakfast, try baklava French toast or a bacon, egg and cheese pita.

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

Options are aplenty at this Houston institution known for its vast menu of Mediterranean eats. In addition to plain hummus, there are spinach and caramelized onion varieties too. Add a little freshness to your lamb gyro or chicken shawarma — here, salads span from traditional Greek to the vibrant beet and jicama.

Helen Greek Food & Wine

At this hidden Rice Village gem, find Greek taverna dishes built for sharing and an exclusively Greek wine list. Begin with the haloumi cheese or the trio of dips — chickpea, red pepper hummus, and tzatziki all appear together with grilled pita bread — then splurge on the whole fresh fish, prepared “plaki style”.

Harry's Restaurant

Ever since the Platsas family took over this popular breakfast destination in the ‘90s, they incorporated dishes reflecting their Greek roots into the menu. In addition to hotcakes, breakfast tacos and migas, there is a Greek omelet, yogurt bowl, and the grilled baklava French toast, topped with a double scoop of Greek-style yogurt ice-cream.

La Fendee

Go for the food, and stay for the hookah. This longstanding restaurant features plenty of Mediterranean staples and a lively Montrose patio on which to enjoy them on. There are stuffed grape leaves, falafel plates, and meaty gyros.

Ekko's Greek American Deli

Don’t let its home inside a station convenience store deter you — Ekko’s offers quality Greek eats at a budget-friendly price. The menu is simple and satisfying, from Greek salad to overstuffed gyros, falafel sandwiches, and baklava.

Ouzo Bay

With its coastal-inspired aesthetic, attractive indoor and outdoor dining spaces within River Oaks District and an impressive sea-food heavy menu to match, Ouzo Bay offers a true escape to the Mediterranean. Start with the flaming saganaki, a pan-fried kefalograviera cheese that’s flambéed tableside, then dig into stunning whole fish. Here, varieties like Aegean bronzino are flown in fresh from the Mediterranean.

AL Quick Stop

Despite its home, tucked away inside a Montrose corner store, AL Quick Stop boasts an extensive menu of Mediterranean eats. Score gyros and shawarmas wrapped in warm pita, or have the spit-roasted meats in a bowl atop a bed of rice and paired with savory sides like fried cauliflower, stuffed kibbeh, spicy potatoes, or lentil soup.

Craft Pita

With a major focus on sourcing local ingredients to create classic dishes, Craft Pita is always a super-fresh spot to dine. Score feta and tomato salad, traditional Lebanese kafta that’s made with Wagyu, and super-creamy baba ganoush. The menu here also incorporates owner Rafael Nasr’s family’s own olive oil from Lebanon into its dishes, resulting in picture-perfect plates of hummus and labneh, perfectly swirled with the fragrant oil. 

Just GRK

This family-owned eatery on Houston’s West side puts a Texas spin on Greek classics. Choose your own adventure by building a grilled meat plate, incorporating meats like beef tenderloin with Greek hummus, chipotle tzatziki sauce, and pita. For a hearty meal between the buns, try the GRK chicken sandwich, layered with cucumber relish, tomatoes, and tzatziki ranch.

Istanbul Grill & Deli

This Rice Village gem is a standout in the city for its authentic Turkish plates and strong kahve, or Turkish coffee. The spotlight is on grilled meats like ground lamb kebabs and beef sis kebab, but there are plenty of vegetarian options too. Try a Turkish pizza, topped with chopped vegetables and baked in the restaurant’s brick oven.

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