This downtown favorite, where kabobs are grilled over charcoal and you can watch warm pita bake in a Lebanese stone oven, makes you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Middle East. An upscale, opulent decor adds a touch of authenticity to the proceedings, where colorful textiles offer a warm embrace. Hummus is spiked with spice, pita is fresh as can be, and a well-rounded mix of meze — items meant to be shared — is at the ready to bring the table together. A vegetarian’s paradise, the menu has no shortage of meat-free options, from the perfectly crisp falafel to the garden-fresh salads. For downtown diners in search of traditional Middle Eastern fare in a gorgeous setting, Taza can’t be topped.
1400 West Sixth St., 216-274-1170, mytaza.com.