Like a gentle dragon or the earth itself, a falafel's rough exterior belies its inner warmth. Crunch through outer shells with this Groupon.
$8 for $16 Worth of Middle Eastern Food and Drink
The menu includes stuffed grape leaves ($4.99), vegetarian falafel and cheesy chicken pita-bread sandwiches with hummus and gazaziki sauce ($6.99). An array of specialty kebab plates are available at the Manitou location, with options such as fantail shrimp ($9.99), beef sirloin ($10.99), and tender lamb ($11.99). The Ultimate Plate combines beef, lamb, and seasoned chicken breast with hummus, falafel, Greek salad, and Za'atar pita ($9.99), and the pita chips for two is served with a choice of hummus or gazaziki sauce ($3.99).
Heart of Jerusalem Cafe
Heart of Jerusalem Cafe, a Dining Guide winner, embodies its name from its menu of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine to its decor. Inside the rustic dining room, palm-tree murals offer background to faux stonework and high-arched porticos. Intricately decorated glass lights dangle from the ceiling like exotic ornaments, casting a soft glow on grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice and shish kebabs skewered with lamb and fantail shrimp (available at the Manitou location only). Hummus, tabbouleh, and baganooj eggplant dips spread effortlessly across slices of Zaatar pita and warm flatbread fresh from the oven. Heart-shaped falafel and vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. Diners may retreat to the outdoor patio for an authentic Greek dessert, such as a slice of homemade baklava baked fresh daily, or to remind themselves that they are, in fact, still in the United States.