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Dine & Dash: Eastern Mediterranean fare

In honor of Omar Sharif’s birthday …

The Luxor Cafe and Hookah Lounge serves a variety of baklava.

The Luxor Cafe and Hookah Lounge serves a variety of baklava.

Friday is the birthday of Omar Sharif, born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932. Sharif is of Syrian and Lebanese descent, but has spent most of his life in Egypt. In honor of the award-winning actor and acclaimed bridge player, here are five Eastern Mediterranean eateries worthy of Lawrence of Arabia:


2545 E. Speedway Blvd., 319-2559, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays

Menu features Persian specialties at this popular midtown destination, which veers toward Lebanese/Syrian cuisine.


1800 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 168, 319-5554, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

Lebanese-style fare includes excellent Naan and Lahem Bajjin, cooked beef layered in phyllo dough.


3699 N. Campbell Ave., 325-3771, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 5 p.m.-4 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays

The three Bs – Baba Ganough, Baklava, and “Baa” (as in lamb) – are excellent at this Egyptian-style eatery.


5855 E. Broadway, 745-5308, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

The fare at this longtime favorite features traditional Jordanian specialities such as Magloubeh, beef or chicken with rice, crispy fried cauliflower and potatoes.


9095 E. Tanque Verde Road, Suite 181, 749-4465, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Syrian specialties at this East Side eatery include Mujadara, a pilaf of Basmati rice and lentils topped with caramelized onion and onion-infused olive oil.

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