A Taste of the Middle East

Delicious and nutritious. The Mediterranean diet is in the spotlight. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Mediterranean diet can help lower the risk of stroke and heart attack for some people. Of course there are those who refute the findings of the study, but if you just want to give the diet a taste, you don’t have to travel far.

Byblos on Magazine Street transports you from Louisiana to Lebanon instantly.

Owner and Managing Partner Tarek Tay says the atmosphere is ” authentic, it has some flair, it brings some old world charm from the Middle East.  “

What makes this location special? The open, central bar with a spicy menu only a Cajun could love. The restaurant makes their own vegetable infused vodka and Bloody Mary mix, complete with tomatoes, habanero peppers and garlic.

Veggie infused vodka: definitely not a “superfood”! But having a variety of healthy options keeps Byblos’ business booming.

“We have two kinds of clients those who want something indulgent and those looking for health and you can find both here,” according to waiter Michael Velasquez.

One of the most popular dishes on the menu airs on the side of indulgent: gyro nachos. They use pita chips, topped with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, tomatoes, red onions, olives and gyro meat. It is absolutely delicious, but probably not part of the “Mediterranean diet” you’ve heard so much about.

Whether you dine for health or a bite of heaven, you can grab a taste of the Mediterranean right here in New Orleans, passport, not required.


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