Whether you are of Arab American heritage or you “just love the food,” Middle Eastern cuisines are some of the most sought after dishes by food enthusiasts everywhere. With rich flavors and amazing textures, South Florida has a wide array of favorite dining destinations for Lebanese, Syrian, Persian and other Middle Eastern varieties. Many Middle Eastern restaurants provide authentic cultural music and events to coincide with your dinner reservations. Others simply provide guests with the warmth that comes with such a family-oriented culture. Whichever your reason for enjoying Middle Eastern cuisine, be sure to check out the following restaurants that we consider South Florida’s best.
Al Natour Middle Eastern Restaurant
Plantation Square Plaza
1787 North University Drive
Plantation, Florida 33322
(954) 514-7277
www.alnatourrestaurant.com

Halal Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods are served daily at Al Natour’s buffet-style restaurant. Order from the menu or sample a bit of everything, because Al Natour has a selection of fine-quality foods, served with hospitality and love. A super-friendly atmosphere, all guests are treated to a special dining experience at this family-owned and operated establishment. With amazing meals and great people, Al Natour takes customer appreciation a step further with ongoing giveaways, drawings and couponing, ensuring that delicious dining is not just for special occasions, while valuing their most loved clientele.

Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine
9519 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, Florida 33156
(786) 401-7714
www.shaddaimiami.com

An award-winning Middle Eastern destination in Miami offering a great selection of authentic Lebanese dishes, Shaddai presents guests with traditional cuisine that can’t be topped. Chef Tony Sammour prepares exquisite dishes using nothing but the freshest of herbs, spices and ingredients for a delightful meal in a “relaxed, yet elegant” environment.  Giving splendor to the taste buds, an award-winning hummus and “light as air” falafel platter may serve as a dinner to some, but only an appetizer to others. Reputed with some of the best food in South Florida, guests do not leave dissatisfied. All food, as with most Arab-American establishments, is either grilled or baked after marinating and seasoning. Very little is actually ever fried. A different international dish is provided daily, at the wishes of the chef.

Kabobji
Oleta Town Center 3055 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
(305) 354-8484
www.eatkabobji.com

A bit more on the gourmet side, Kabobji offers modern varieties of marinated halal selections, which includes a number of platters, chef’s favorites, kabobs and traditional Middle Eastern delights. Juicy and full of flavor, customers love the kabobs at Kabobji. Whether smothered in garlic, mint or other cultural inspirations, kabobs made with lamb, beef and chicken varieties will not only fill guests with satisfaction, but they may be inspired to order additional items to take home. For the vegetarian, have no fear, there is a long list of vegetarian specialties awaiting your visit.

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Aladdin’s Eatery
21200 St. Andrews Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33433
(561) 419-9466
www.aladdinseatery.com

Striving to influence Lebanese-Americans (and everyone else) into a healthy, nutritious lifestyle, Aladdin’s Eatery provides amazing Middle Eastern cuisine in a relaxed and smoke-free environment. Aladdin’s not only services amazing halal lamb, beef or chicken-variety of dinners, but they also serve vegetarian dishes familiar with Middle Eastern restaurants. Grapeleaves, Tabouleh, Loubi Bzeit and Falafel — these are only a few of the vegetarian items one might find a la carte or as part of a platter. Aladdin’s Eatery features a plethora of unique items, including Pita Pitzas, a staple of this location, that come in many tasty combinations and are made with homemade pita bread.

Al-Salam Middle Eastern Restaurant
1816 N. University Drive
Plantation, Florida 33322
(954) 916-5193
www.alsalam-restaurant.com

With family-style seating for large families, a grocery store adjacent to the restaurant and a seven-day schedule, this halal establishment is a home away from home. Al-Salam prepares a buffet-style dinner for customers and table sittings for the whole family, reflecting the traditional Arab American family unit, accepting even strangers as part of the family. With delicious meals and desserts, seasoned with imported spices and love, the most beloved of dinners can be found within the menu of Al-Salam. Bright, rich and full of flavor, customers will be inspired to create their own recipe. Providing the ability to buy hard-to-find seasonings and ingredients, customers may purchase their groceries and novelty items after sitting down to a good meal.

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Jessica N. Abraham-Hogan is the owner of Shorty Produkshins in Orlando, Florida, and specializes in Social Branding and Public Relations for both the Professional Services Industry and Entertainment Business. Over the last 13 years, she has worked with many publications and has created branded content for multiple organizations, Globally.
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