Added 8/6: I just realized that I forgot to mention the prices...that yummy sandwich was only $5.99! Also, I went back this week and they do have air conditioning. It must have just been broken the first time I went.
I just want to give a quick plug for a local restaurant that we recently discovered. The Heart of Jerusalem Cafe has two locations: one on Austin Bluffs and Barnes and another downtown near Bijou and Cascade. I have to admit, we went on a super-hot day and I wasn't thrilled that they didn't have air conditioning. The food sure made up for it, though! I ordered their Heart of Jerusalem Sandwich. Picture a gyro; you know, pita bread, beef, lamb, lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce (called gazaziki sauce here). Now add grilled chicken breast, banana peppers, and hummus. Drooling yet? Now flatten it on a grill (like a panini). Absolute perfection!
They have a variety of Middle Eastern cuisine that I'm sure is just as tasty as the signature sandwich.
Check out their website for a coupon for FREE baklava!
Enjoy! These local mom-and-pop establishments often have such unique flavors. They thrive on happy customers (like me) spreading their name through word-of-mouth. Next time you go out, consider skipping the national chain and try something local!
And please, if any Springs folks have restaurant recommendations, please, please tell me! My favorite hobby is eating out (yes, I think that should count as a hobby) and we're always looking for new places to try.
Pictures courtesy of the Heart of Jerusalem Cafe website.