This little gem in downtown Blacksburg has some of the best Hummus I have eaten. All the food is prepared fresh and served in generous portions. Try everything on the menu to experience the wonderful spice combinations and flavors of the Mediterranean. It is a very casual restaurant with simple tables. Decorated with customer painted ceiling tiles (make sure you look up when you get your seat) and art from the local art guild, there is always something new to look at while you wait for your meal.
I recently visited for lunch and had the Lahm-b-ageen. This is like a pizza with spiced meat. I added Feta cheese at the advice of the waiter to calm the spices just a bit. It was wonderful, a combination of very thin crunchy crust and seven spices. I chose the side salad with the house dressing (called Cedar) and it was a nice mix of red wine vinegar and spices. A good compliment to the spices on the Lahm-b-agheen.
The service is great, (we will miss you Emanuel) and everyone is very friendly and willing to describe the offerings on the menu. It does take a few minutes to get your food since it is cooked to order so if you are in a hurry, just order something from the starters menu or a salad. You can order a Maza tray and pick any three of the starters and have plenty.
If you are looking for something different than the same old, same old bar food that is offered in most of the downtown restaurants, make sure to check out this little gem.