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looking for a good Mediterranean/Lebanese/Persian Restaurant

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bornie Aug 30, 2010 07:07 AM

for a Mezza Veg sampler,, Greek Salad Hummus etc. Also, anything good a an Indian veg rest you might recommend? Thx in advance! J

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  1. NWLarry Aug 30, 2010 07:55 AM

    I like Tino's myself. Pretty good bang for your buck there, and the tabouleh is usually pretty fresh as well. Swad is the name for Indian Veg.

    1. Homero Aug 30, 2010 10:11 AM

      Arpeggio Grill is my preferred place for Mediterranean. There is a Lebanese place on Oltorf next to Curra's called Tarbouch, although I haven't been there. Alborz for Persian food is pretty good. I really like their Stewed beef in pomegranate sauce and their sour cherry rice.

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      Arpeggio Grill
      6619 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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        gilintx Aug 30, 2010 01:20 PM

        2nding Arpeggio. No filler in the tabouli, excellent hummus, and the falafel is perfectly fried. I can also recommend the kofta kabob. Last time I was there, they had a meat and 3 option for a very reasonable price (maybe 6-7 bucks?).

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          oboemama Aug 30, 2010 02:28 PM

          While the atmosphere leaves something to be desired (florescent lights - yuck!), the food is fresh and delicious. I particularly love the vege dishes - the eggplant, the peas, the hummus. The lamb shank is delicious - when they have it. The tabuleh has too much parsley for my tastes, but it is always fresh and nicely flavored. The dessert pastries are not made in house, but they're alright. Really good value for the price.

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          Dimassis Mediterrenean Buffet
          12636 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

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            travisleroy Aug 30, 2010 05:33 PM

            Alborz's lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on the weekends, is a deal. Large variety of tasty food.

          2. slowcoooked Aug 31, 2010 05:51 AM

            Arpeggio Grill and Alborz are my two favorites in town as well. Alborz is a step up in niceness decor wise, but both have great food. I think both also have been around a long time, many years.

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            Arpeggio Grill
            6619 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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              foodiegal71 Aug 31, 2010 01:41 PM

              Marakesh on Congress and about, 9th? That's my go-to (I'm Lebanese). I also really like Sarah's on Burnett, but their fatoush leaves something to be desired.

              My favorite big ol' greek salad is at Athenian Grill on 6th and Colorado.

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                achtungpv Sep 3, 2010 04:23 PM

                How's the food at Marakesh nowadays? I haven't been since a couple of bad experiences after the owner had recently died maybe 2 years ago. We almost went there for lunch this week but didn't want to risk mediocre food. Please tell me it's much improved and back to its former self.

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                  foodiegal71 Sep 4, 2010 08:09 AM

                  Oh, I didn't know all of that! I've honestly just been for the first time this year, and have been going once every couple of weeks for a while now so I don't have anything to compare it to. I almost always get the beef schwarma and I really like it. I'm not a huge fan of the green bean salad with it though. Some days it's good, and some days it's a little "woody" with too much dried mint.

                  I've also had the kibbeh and the falafel and like both of those as well. I think their fattoush is some of the best in town too. I'd love to hear your opinion if you try it again since you've been in the past.

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