We’d like to take this week to highlight another favorite area restaurant in the area: Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine on Magazine Street. Located just 1 mile from Avenue Inn at 3242 Magazine Street, this is a recommended lunch and dinner option if you would like a break from the more traditional Cajun fare. And with a casual dress code and lunch options, it is also a great place to stop during your Magazine Street shopping and exploration outing.
While the original restaurant is on Metairie Road, owners Gabriel Saliba, Tarek Tay, and Hicham Khodir decided to expand and further perfect their business by opening the Magazine Street location. The owners are all Lebanese – in fact, Byblos is the name of an ancient city in Lebanon. However, they have successfully integrated some Greek favorites as well, making this a well-rounded Mediterranean eatery.
The menu includes Medeterranean favorites such as Hummos, Flafel, Cabbage Rolls, and Spanakopita (spinach/onions/cheese in phyllo dough) appetizers; Tabbouleh and Greek salads; and Shwarma, Shish Kabobs, and Lamb main dish options. Sambousek (meat pies) and sandwiches such as Gyros and wraps are also available for lunch options. The hummus, shwarma, and Fattoush Salad with shrimp (order the garlic dressing with it) are great choices!
Of course, any Mediterranean restaurant has great vegetarian options built right into the menu, and Byblos is no exception! Hummus, Baba Ghanuj, and Falafel are obviously meat-free, as is Mujadarah (lentil stew) Moussaka (eggplant stew), Fava Dip, Yogurt Salad, Fried Eggplant, Meatless Stuffed Grape Leaves, Spanakopita, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Drunken Halloumi (Halloumi cheese sauteed in ouzo and olive oil with tomatoes and garlic sauce), the Felafel Wrap (available at lunch) and of course the majority of the salads. Can’t decide on just one? A Vegetarian Platter option is available which lets you choose from four of their traditional vegetarian favorites!
If you happen to save room for dessert, try the Ashta custard baked in phyllo – some say it’s “to-die-for”! Their baklava is also very tasty.
To top off your meal, Byblos has a good selection of wines and beer, if you are so inclined. And, for a $15 corkage fee, you are welcome to bring your own wine to the restaurant.
So if you get a craving for some good Mediterranean food during your NOLA vacation, Joe and Bebe will be happy to help you with dinner reservations (highly recommended on weekends) at Byblos – tables are often available for lunch. From there you can relax and enjoy a great meal before continuing your Magazine Street adventures, or returning to Avenue Inn and your cozy guestroom!