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Hummus? Mediterranean omelets? Eye-opening jolts of java? At the Oasis, you can have it all.

Middle Eastern pastries make great modest desserts, hitting the sweet tooth's sweet spot with honey, nuts and cinnamon — no trace of confectionery (not to mention chocolate) overload. Qamar prepares rugelach and baklava in cashew, walnut and pistachio varieties. The rugelach possesses a trace of sweetness; the honey-saturated baklava hits the gut with a glorious, if gluttonous, thud. Basmais a pastry made with a wheat-based dough and filled with ground pistachios. It's as dense as the al-Ramahis' nod to American sweets, the Really Big Brownie, but with the flavor of baklava.

Land of java and honey: Belal (left) and Qamar al-Ramahi dish up yummy Middle Eastern food — and nearly 100 coffee creations.
Jennifer Silverberg
Land of java and honey: Belal (left) and Qamar al-Ramahi dish up yummy Middle Eastern food — and nearly 100 coffee creations.

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St. Louis Coffee Oasis & Mediterranean Caf
8 South Euclid Avenue; 314-361-6666.
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Gyro $5.95
Power House $3.35
Baklava $1.87
Lebni $4.95

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If Belal would allow it, these desserts should be enjoyed with a glass of milk. But fat chance getting that out of him.

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