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Best Of 2014: Mediterranean

Best Of 2014: Hummus

Hummus is described by Wikipedia as "a Levantine food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic." But when it's good, it can be much more than the sum of its parts — and Mediterranean Café's hummus is damn good. So the downtown staple now has a Best Hummus award to add to its trophy case, which already houses Indy Best Of awards in the Pita, Salad Bar, Gyro, Best Dining on a Budget, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean categories. Even the warring factions of Indy and Gazette readers can come together and sing "Kumbaya" over a nice lamb gyro, with both packs having honored this place in readers' polls for years. — Jeff Koch

Bites 2013: Half & Half Pita Sandwich

An ode to the indecisive: chewy lamb-and-beef gyro meat and crispy falafel pieces served inside a single pita. All the fixins are there, too: salty feta cheese crumbles, tomato, cucumber, giardiniera (pickled veggie mix). Plus three different sauces: semi-bitter tahini, zippy tzatziki and harissa hot chili sauce. It covers every flavor perception as a catch-all kingpin — and yes, we did just say "zippy" while employing three colons. ($6.50)

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