In search of a new favorite Middle Eastern spot in Sacramento? We've got you covered.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Middle Eastern restaurants around Sacramento, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best establishments to satisfy your cravings.
1. Falafel Corner
Topping the list is Falafel Corner. Located at 3620 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 305, the Natomas eatery, which also has outposts in Folsom and Vacaville, is the highest rated Middle Eastern restaurant in Sacramento, boasting 4.5 stars out of 388 reviews on Yelp.
Yelpers recommend the gyro wraps as well as the good value of the platters, served with chicken or lamb-beef gyro meat plus rice, hummus, salad, pita bread, Greek salata and tzatziki sauce. Falafel Corner has halal options, delivers through multiple services and provides catering.
2. Opa! Opa!
Next up is East Sacramento's Opa! Opa!, situated at 5644 J St. With four stars out of 904 reviews on Yelp, the Greek and Middle Eastern spot has proven to be a local favorite.
In addition to its popular gyros, souvlaki and hummus, Opa! Opa! also offers party platters and catering.
3. Kabab King
Natomas's Kabab King, located at 4740 Natomas Blvd., Suite 150, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the halal Pakistani-Indian spot 4.5 stars out of 252 reviews.
Reviewers particularly like its lamb chops: a Frenched rack of lamb marinated with a house specialty spice and herb mix.
4. Darna Mediterranean Kitchen
Darna Mediterranean Kitchen, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern joint in Downtown, is another much-loved go-to. It has earned 4.5 stars out of 249 Yelp reviews for dishes like its spicy eggplant as well as the high quality and variety of its lunch buffet. Head over to 925 K St. to see for yourself.
And over in Valley High-North Laguna, check out Ariana, which has earned four stars out of 386 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Afghan and Greek spot at 8785 Center Parkway, Suite B160.
Reviewers love its garlic fries, chicken gyro bowl, and mantoo: Afghan dumplings filled with ground beef, onions, and spices, topped with split-pea sauce and tzatziki.