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Nashville's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Middle Eastern eats

Nashville's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Middle Eastern eats
Koftaky Grill | Photo: Julea T./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 12, 2020.

Looking for a tasty Middle Eastern meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Middle Eastern restaurants around Nashville, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Koftaky Grill

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Topping the list is Koftaky Grill. Located at 4630 Lebanon Pike, the Egyptian, Mediterranean and party and event planning spot is the highest-rated inexpensive Middle Eastern restaurant in Nashville, boasting 4.5 stars out of 56 reviews on Yelp. 

We looked there to learn more about Koftaky Grill.

"My family and I have been in this industry for almost 21 years" according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile.

As to what the business is known for, "We also offer catering," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "It's a Mediterranean/Egyptian restaurant. Kebab, lamb chops, shawarma, lamb kabab, kofta, chicken kebab, shrimp, hawawshy and more."

2. Istanbul Restaurant

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Next up is Istanbul Restaurant, situated at 2631 Nolensville Pike. With four stars out of 188 reviews on Yelp, the Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Istanbul Restaurant.

"An authentic Turkish restaurant," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "The owner and chef Memet Arslan came from Turkey 25 years ago to establish a homemade, family restaurant in Nashville. Istanbul Restaurant serves traditional Turkish meals prepared with original taste and spices from the motherland."

In terms of signature items, "We serve Turkish and Mediterranean food; our specialties include, gyros, kebobs, kuzy, falafel, hummus and baba ganoush," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "This is a family-owned business with quality food! Enjoy the best homemade baklavas in Nashville."

3. Fattoush Cafe

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Fisk - Meharry's Fattoush Cafe, located at 1716 Charlotte Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Middle Eastern, Greek and Mediterranean spot four stars out of 100 reviews. 

Yelper J C., who reviewed Fattoush Cafe on Feb. 15, wrote, "Not much for posting, but, check this place out! I've never been to the Mediterranean, but I can't imagine an experience being any more authentic than this."

Bry M. noted, "Great little spot near Vandy, we stopped in for a quick afternoon snack before our dinner reservation that evening at 8 pm. The family running the place are super friendly and make some great food."

4. Sulav International Market

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Sulav International Market, a grocery store and halal spot, is another much-loved, inexpensive go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 28 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4647 Nolensville Pike to see for yourself. 

Yelper Scuttled C., who reviewed Sulav International Market on Oct. 29, wrote, "I don't know what the bread they use for the shawarma sandwiches, but they're absolute heaven. Reminds me of a torta, but fluffier. The chicken shawarma with the garlic sauce was wonderful, definitely one of the best cheap lunches you can get in this city."

Basel K. noted, "Best shawarma I've had in Nashville, easily. The market is great as well."


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