The Vine Mediterranean Cafe

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The Vine Mediterranean Cafe and Market is one of those restaurants that makes a critic’s job easy. Not only can I recommend it wholeheartedly, but I can tell you to order whatever seems appealing. It’s all good: the classic appetizers (hummus, baba ghanoush and foul mudammas); the crisp falafel and spice-sprinkled fries; the pickle-packed sandwiches. I usually opt for the tender, richly flavored beef shawarma — the best in town. The menu marks both the vegetarian and the vegan options. I’m partial to the batata harra, spicy potatoes sauteed with garlic in olive oil.