This bustling restaurant with a street-facing patio has served Mediterranean fare in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood since 1982. The locals still can’t get enough. The food is straightforward, and that’s exactly what most customers love about it. The dishes look and taste as though they were made by a home cook, and on our visit, everything was delicious. Hummus, baba ghanoush, chunks of feta, dolmas, and kalamata olives made a flavorful appetizer platter; hearty lamb meatballs, smothered in a concentrated, thick tomato sauce, were paired exquisitely with saffron-tinted rice as an entrée. Phyllo dishes also satisfy, including one stuffed with well-seasoned ground beef. After a cardamom-infused Turkish coffee and a triangle of baklava for dessert, you too will want to become a regular. The only flaw is compact seating, which can create some close encounters. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.