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Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

ALBASHA GREEK & LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292; Popular Mediterranean dishes get an extra dose of Greek flavor here, from the Grecian sauce drizzled over shawarma sandwiches to the feta salads served on the side. Specialties include traditional moussaka stacked with potato, eggplant and ground beef. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; Roasted rack of lamb crowns the menu at this Middle Eastern tavern, which features hookahs and belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. The chicken artichoke pasta and seafood paella are popular, and other options include hummus, gyro sandwiches and kebab platters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

BABYLON CAFE 7724 Maple St., 314-0010; Vegetarian options abound at this inexpensive Middle Eastern cafe, from smoky baba ghanoush to falafel and baked vegetables. There are marinated chicken and beef dishes, as well as filet mignon shish kebabs and whole rack of lamb. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; Marinated rack of lamb is a popular dish. Warm pita bread makes for a great accompaniment to gyros, kebabs and a falafel platter. Chicken shawarma is marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and Lebanese spices and served on a platter with a choice of side items. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; This deli offers quick meals of Middle Eastern favorites. Gyros and chicken shawarma are wrapped in pita and drizzled with creamy garlic sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CASABLANCA 3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2209 Moroccan spice lends exotic flavor to the offerings at Casablanca. The harira soup is a traditional blend of chickpeas, lentils, saffron and fresh cilantro. Chicken Marrakech is marinated with herbs and spices and char-broiled. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; The chef's vegetarian plate is a formidable collection of soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and two pieces of falafel. A kebab trio rounds up skewers of chicken, kafta and beef tenderloin. The Angus beef rib-eye comes with onion rings, baked potato and vegetables. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COURTYARD GRILL 4430 Magazine St., 875-4164; Turkish and Persian influences take Courtyard Grill's Middle Eastern cuisine beyond the familiar. There are large platters with lamb and beef kebabs, and Iskandar kebab is a platter of lamb and beef skewers with a buttery tomato gravy. There is airy house-baked bread instead of pita. For dessert, try the poached pear stuffed with walnuts and drizzled with chocolate. Reservations accepted. Lunch and diner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

JAMILA'S MEDITERRANEAN TUNISIAN CUISINE 7808 Maple St., 866-4366 Nestled on Maple Street's restaurant row, Jamila's features French-influenced Tunisian cuisine. Pan seared scallops are served with saffron 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; This casual cafe offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern favorites. Shrimp kebabs and falafel plates are great starters. A skinless half chicken is marinated in garlic, lemon juice and Mediterranean spices and grilled. Lamb is sauteed with onions and tomatoes and served with hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE MOROCCO 7457 St. Charles Ave., 301-9184 Little Morocco focuses on traditional Moroccan cuisine and serves some Middle Eastern dishes. Semolina couscous is offered with a choice of lamb, chicken, seafood or vegetables. Bastela is a dish combining chicken, egg and onion. Reservations accepted. 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; Find traditional Middle Eastern dishes across the city at Mona's locations. There are chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches and vegetarian platters. Appetizers include zaater bread topped with herbs and olive oil and safeiha topped with ground beef and lamb. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950 Shish kebabs of lamb, beef, chicken and kafta are served on platters with hummus, rice and salad. Chicken shawarma also is available on a platter. Vegetarian options include grape leaves and tabbouleh with tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PYRAMIDS CAFE 3151 Calhoun St., 861-9602 Pyramids is a casual spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. There are shish kebabs and gyro plates with tahini. Chicken tikka is a marinated and grilled skinless half-chicken. Lamb is sauted with olive oil and spices and served with hummus. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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