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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern 

ACROPOLIS CUISINE 3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046 Moussaka is a house specialty at Acropolis. Pastichio is Greek pasta with seasoned ground veal and a blend of three cheeses and creamy bechamel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat Credit cards. $$

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; www.albashabr.com The vegetable plate contains 12 items including spinach pie, hummus, eggplant, squash and more. The gyro plate has thinly cut beef and lamb gyro meat and is served with hummus and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.biz The Babylon platter includes stuffed grape leaves, hummus, kibbeh, rice and choice of one meat: lamb, chicken or beef kebabs, chicken or beef shawarma, gyro or kufta. Chicken tikka comes with vegetables and two sides such as hummus and basmati rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233 Gyro nachos combine gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, red onions, tomatoes, olives and feta atop pita chips. Kebabs feature marinated and grilled beef, chicken or lamb. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.com The market offers a choice of fish, chicken or beef kebabs. Beef or Chicken shawarma feature marinated, thinly sliced meat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (866) 840-3013; www.cleo-patramediterraneancuisine.com The chef's vegetarian plate includes soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and falafel. A kebab trio comes with chicken, kufta and beef tenderloin. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COURTYARD GRILL 4430 Magazine St., 875-4164; www.courtyardgrillnola.com The baba ghanoush appetizer comes with layers of sliced eggplant and baba ghanoush topped with sauteed onions, fresh garlic, chopped tomatoes, mint and kalamata olives. The Iskandar kebab is a platter of lamb and beef skewers with buttery tomato gravy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

CYRUS RESTAURANT 612 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-2477 Sheeshleek is marinated and char-broiled rack of lamb served with sauteed vegetables and both white and saffron rice. Chicken kebabs feature marinated chicken char-broiled with vegetables and served with white and saffron rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FATOUSH 2372 St. Claude Ave., 371-5074; www.fatoushrestau-rantnola.com Inside the New Orleans Healing Center, Fatoush serves Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. A dish similar to Greek moussaka combines ground beef and thin-sliced vegetables under melted kashkaval cheese. Imam bayildi combines fried eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, onions and herbs. Pastries are available as well. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366 Moroccan-style tagine of lamb is baked in a terra-cotta dish and served with saffron basmati rice. The whole red snapper with garlic and onion chutney is served over vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LEBANON'S CAFE 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com Lebanon's Cafe serves Middle Eastern dishes in a casual atmosphere. Grilled rosemary lamb chops are served with hummus and salad. Chicken shawarma comes with hummus and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800 The cafe's Middle Eastern fare includes chicken shawarma, gyro plates, Greek salad, hummus, baba ghanoush and pita bread. For dessert, there is baklava, which layers phyllo dough with honey and nuts. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950 Kofta shish kebab platters include hummus, rice and salad. Chicken shawarma is available on a platter or sandwich. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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