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Eat like an Egyptian at Palms Cafe

Hawawshi (ha-WOW-shi) ($6) is a traditional Egyptian dish, and you'll only find it at Palms Cafe (12719 Westheimer, 281-493-9614). It's a cross between a hamburger, a Mexican gordita and a South American empanada. Ground beef is mixed with garlic, onions and hints of nutmeg and allspice, then formed into a half-inch-thick patty, placed inside two pieces of pita bread and baked, which makes the pita crispy on the outside. What's good about this dish is the ratio of meat to bread — it's heavy on the meat. On the side you'll find lettuce, tomato, a pickle and a peperoncino, which all seem superfluous to this wonderful sandwich.

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