Best Middle-Eastern Restaurant

St. Louis Coffee Oasis & Mediterranean Café

"Hello, my friend." Belal al-Ramahi might not know you by name. This might even be your first visit to his Central West End restaurant and coffee shop. It doesn't matter. To al-Ramahi, "guest" isn't just a pleasant euphemism for "customer." He is your host, frantic but friendly, his booming voice offering suggestions while he makes a latte, answers a phone call and carves meat for a gyro. (Sometimes, it seems, all at once.) You would be wise to listen to his advice — though, really, whatever you order here is guaranteed to please, from the strong coffee drinks to the delicious gyro meat topped with salad and tangy tzatziki sauce. The pastry case, with nutty and sweet rugelach and baklava, among other divine treats, is so appealing you will want to make St. Louis Coffee Oasis your second home. (Though when have has anyone been this nice to you at your actual home?)

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