Pita bread is renowned as the most versatile member of the bread family, able to hide the precious contents of a current lunch or serve as air-tight storage space for a future supper. Feast on this functional treat with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Mediterranean fare at Byblos Pita, located on University Square Drive.
Byblos Pita serves a simple menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to health-conscious Floridians and hopelessly lost Lebanon-bound boaters. Handy hand-held wraps, such as the kafta kebab, a spiced ground-beef mixture with parsley, onions, and herbs ($6.50), and the herbivorous falafel wrap, crunchy fried-bean patties swaddled in the pita pouch ($5.50), offer a quick and convenient lunch or dinner on the run. Or garner energy for an upcoming synchronized-swimming contest with healthy portions of savory red-lentil soup ($3.50) and Greek salad ($5.95). Pair any wrap with a side of hummus ($2.50) or hand-rolled dolmas ($2.95) for a hearty meal, and finish off a flavorful meal with a gooey piece of honey-glazed baklava ($1.35).
The fun, bright eatery boasts chic modern lines and an eating space with candy-colored chairs. Pitas and salads are whipped up quickly to order, so make a stop in between stops on your pizza delivery route for a fresh bite of Mediterranean flair.
Newcomers to Byblos Cafe may think they’ve stumbled into a sultan’s court: belly dancers wind their way past private enclaves replete with plush footstools and gossamer curtains, and heaping trays of charbroiled meats fill the air with the scents of basil and mint. The sultry atmosphere reflects owners Roger and Ziad Estephan’s mission to share their Lebanese heritage, which they do through every minor and major detail.
Beyond the glowing candles scattered throughout the dining areas, chefs draw upon Estephan family recipes to prepare a menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes. They hand roll grape leaves around spiced rice and herbs, and they marinate meats in fragrant blends of olive oil, lemon, and garlic—the base ingredients in Lebanese Febreze. Additionally, Byblos Cafe houses an international market where diners can stock up on Middle Eastern groceries.