For slammin' falafel, head to MEZZA
. The little spheres of garlicky mashed garbanzo beans are fried and served with lemon, tamari and parsley. But don't stop there. We love to start the meal with an order of hummus, then move on to the chicken shawarma -- all cinnamony and soft -- or the roasted eggplant smoldering in cumin spiced tomatoes. If you like cheese, order the fried haloumi, also known as squeaky cheese. This is a salty and subtle cheese made of sheep's milk. Finish the meal with some homemade almond ice cream and strong coffee. This cozy place is a pitch-perfect neighborhood restaurant.
2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com