Headquartered on University Boulevard and with other Jacksonville-area locations, unassuming Hala Café & Bakery has long set the local standard for top-notch Middle Eastern fare. House-baked pita bread establishes the foundation for an array of favorites such as kabobs, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and hummus, as well as tabouli that garnered mention as part of Jacksonville magazine’s 75 Best Things to Eat list. The daily lunch buffet draws a crowd, with dinnertime a more laid-back affair. Hala’s was voted Best Middle Eastern Cuisine in 2007 in Folio Weekly reader’s poll. Serving lunch and dinner Mon – Sat. Closed Sun.