777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa
Heveen Kurdi launched this spot several years ago, really a straight-up example of the foods from her home in Amman, Jordan. Like more familiar Lebanese cuisine, it was rife with kebabs, hummus, falafel and shawarmas. It became a go-to spot for business lunchers, but as the sophistication level of downtown ratcheted up, Kurdi decided to expand her focus to all of the Mediterranean. Lunch tends to be wraps, salads and kebabs served in a pleasant dining room with a few sidewalk tables by a staff that sometimes lacks polish but reliably gets you out the door and back to work swiftly. Dinner offerings are a little more glamorous and interesting, from shawarma and fattoush to Moroccan lamb chops and duck fat-cooked pork belly served with a tangle of peppery arugula and a tangy-sweet apple gastrique.
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.