“I could eat there every day and get the same thing” – Zach

I am truly enjoying becoming a part of Hattiesburg and learning more about the people and culture here.  Before I visited, I had no real idea what to expect from Mississippi or the South.  My only reference was movies, the media and a few people I knew who lived in the South a long time ago.  I had driven through Mississippi on my way to Florida before, but that was about my only contact with the state.  Truly, I have been so excited to get to know the people and cultures of the city and state because it’s been new and surprising.

The week I helped Zach move to Hattiesburg, we decided to find a Mediterranean restaurant to try out.  Mediterranean food is one of our favorites for many reasons, one of which is that you can usually eat relatively healthy.  We found Petra Cafe Greek & Mediterranean one evening with Zach’s parents and immediately wanted to try it out because the menu sounded authentic and delicious.

Side salad at Petra Cafe
Instead of rice, I got a side salad with my meal. Seriously, some of the best salad dressing ever.

When you walk into Petra Cafe it will most likely be dimly lit, yet inviting.  The walls are painted with rich colors and lined with beautiful artwork and scenes from the Middle East.  Many delicious scents flow through the restaurant, making you immediately hungry as you walk through the doors.  The menu has a wide variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

The first time we came, we immediately appreciated the service.  I enjoy when servers are friendly and willing to chat a bit, especially since we were trying to discover more about the city.  The people who run Petra Cafe are kind and always have smiles on their faces.  They seem to truly enjoy the food and customers.

chicken dish at Petra Cafe
Sauteed veggies and feta cheese make me happy.

The first time eating there, I decided on the Mediterranean Chicken dish because it seemed unique and had a lot of veggies, which I love.  It is sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, onions and mushrooms, topped with chicken and feta.  I know we loved everything we had and truly enjoyed the experience.  We all tried something different that day and it was all delicious.  Even Zach’s dad really enjoyed his food (which is not always an easy accomplishment).

Zach's dad enjoying a gyro
Zach’s dad enjoying the chicken shawarma pita.

Zach is a huge fan!  Before I moved he would send me pictures and tell me how often he went to Petra Cafe because he loved the Gyro meat so much.  Also, they usually have really fast service which is a plus when you are in a hurry.  Since I moved to Hattiesburg, we have continued to go often.  Zach and I both enjoy the salads because they are filling and the salad dressing is delicious.  Zach usually gets the Gyro salad and I switch between the Gyro salad, the chicken Shawarma salad, and the grilled shrimp salad.  We always get falafel as an appetizer.  They recognize us when we come in to order and the food is consistently great.

We are definitely regulars at getting food, especially take out, at Petra Cafe.  It is one of our top go-to places in Hattiesburg.  I would definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys Mediterranean food, healthy options, great service, and easy take out.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

2902 Hardy Street, Suite 50, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 / 601.268.8850 / http://petracafe.net/ 

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