When it comes to sampling the best authentic flavors from all over the globe, Seattle has it made. From Thai to Japanese, Seattle foodies know exactly where to go for the best eats all over town. Now, the Seattle food scene has a new flavor to add to its already impressive repertoire: Middle Eastern food. Our friends over at Seattle Magazine followed their taste buds on a trip to find more of the tantalizing flavors that come from the Middle East.

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The mainstreaming of Middle Eastern flavors in Seattle has been a long time coming.

Granted, I’ve made regular trips south to pick up shawarma from Mawadda for years now; it’s the best in town if you ask me. And the Hallava Falafel truck is on my regular lunchtime rotation, too, though I prefer the family-ownedTurkuaz, a jewel of a find in Madrona that’s been a quiet favorite of mine since I reviewed it several years ago. They make dolmades to weep over.

But lately there’ve been hints at a groundswell, especially at restaurants like Sitka & Spruce, where aleppo pepper, tahini and dukkah have become commonplace since the restaurant moved from Eastlake to the Melrose Market; you’ll taste the flavors of the Middle East in an array of vegetable, meat and fish dishes. Cafe Munir serves the lemon- and herb-flecked foods of Lebanon to north Ballard; there, diners can dig into muham’mara (red pepper and walnut dip) with hand-torn pieces of warm flatbread, and in such a pretty space.

Make the jump over to Seattle Magazine to find out the rest of Seattle’s Middle East Eats.

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photo courtesy of Grand Central Bakery