5 to Try: Mediterranean Cuisine

The seductive and exotic flavors of the Mediterranean are enticing Orlando palates. Middle Eastern restaurants are serving more than just gyros and kabobs. Delicacies from the homeland like Kashk-o Badejan (sauteed eggplant), falafel and Koko Sabzi (herb pie) keep diners coming back for more. Find out which eateries-- including House of Kabob, left--are tempting taste buds and keeping their culinary traditions alive. (Photo by Sandra Carr)

Updated: February 01, 2010

Mouth-Watering Mediterranean

Ali Baba House of Kabob

1155 W State Road 434, Longwood, FL 32750

One of Central Florida's longtime Mediterranean gems in the heart of Longwood serves Babaganouche (baked eggplant with sesame paste), lamb shank and a Joojeh kabob (marinated chicken). Diners are entertained by international dance performances every Friday and Saturday night.

House Of Kabob

360 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

The name says it all but kabobs aren't the only specialty on this Winter Park restaurant's menu. Try the homemade stuffed grape leaves, tabouleh and hummus. Other menu items include falafel, Khoreshte Ghormeh Sabzi, gyros, pita sandwiches and pasta taboli.

Falafel Cafe

12140 Collegiate Way, Orlando, FL 32817

Middle Eastern recipes from the homeland along with friendly service are what you find at this eatery in the University of Central Florida area. The signature dish is the eatery's origin along with other delicacies, including kibby (meat loaf) and the zaatar (Lebanese pizza).

Kabbab House

2423 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835

Set your GPS to the MetroWest area and experience Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant and hookah bar combo serves what the title implies but also offers chicken, kofta (meatballs) and lamb tagine. Belly-dancing performances are also every Friday and Saturday night.