A mini-empire taking up the better part of a block, Al-Omda offers numerous ways to put grilled meats into your system. At the takeout joint on the corner, get a shish tawouq (marinated chicken grilled on skewers) sandwich with spicy pickles.

Or else you can sit down in the old-style ‘Oriental’ restaurant around the corner to your left, or head upstairs to the neon-lit cafe and get a sheesha with the trendy crowd.