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Tiger Attorney
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Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
These terms are commonly used as referring to the same type of restaurant.

This is how I understand the differences...please correct me if I am wrong...and I would love to hear more differences between them.

Greek, though similar in many ways, is very different with items like Moussaka, baklava and pastitsio.

Mediterranean is based both in Greek and Italian...incorporates more seafood than the others mentioned.

Lebanese/Egytian/Middle Eastern- can almost be used interchangably with a few exceptions. The Ottoman Empire stretched its influence (including food) over this whole land mass creating a very similar ciusine in this region..including hummus, gyro, falafel, etc.

The only Greek restaurants that I know of in this state are Mr. Gyro's and Acropolis, both in Metairie.

Lebanese is the most common type we have in this area due to the large immigrant population.

IMO, Greek>>> the others mentioned



kevv824
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
gyro is Greek


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PiscesTiger
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
Having been to Athens, Greece, these are the items that were very popular (for tourists) over there:

Moussaka
Lamb/Gyro
Baklava
Potatoes RoseMary (I'm sure it has a sexier Greek name)
Ouzo (heh heh)
Chicken Sharma
Hummus
Grape Leaves
Feta (insert dish name here)


quote:

Mediterranean is based both in Greek and Italian...incorporates more seafood than the others mentioned.


Absolutely.


The rest of your questions. Beats me man.

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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
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Lebanese is the most common type we have in this area due to the large immigrant population.


Byblos is the only Lebanese run place that I'm aware of.

Most of the other places in BR and NO are run by other middle easterners.


lsuscubachick
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
All I know is that when I went to Greece (Athens, Santorini & Mykonos), the food wasn't like the Greek/Lebanese restaurants in BR... especially the Greek salad, which had no lettuce!

Lots of souvlaki though!


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BrockLanders
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian

What's the one with the commercial on TV where the owner looks very camera-shy...

"Come have a taste...of the Mediterranean."


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el tigre
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
don't places like Alabasha, Arzi's, etc bill themselves as "greek AND lebanese"? they really do serve both, and aren't trying to mislead anyone.

i actually prefer Mediterranen over them all, but it's very difficilt to replicate outside of that region b/c of the reliance on fresh seasonal ingredients. I've only had imitations in the US, and it was still amazing.

I really haven't had any good food at a place claiming to exclusively greek, outside of some spots in the Astoria, Queens area. Never had Acroplylis, but Mr. Gyro sucks.
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kfizzle85
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
What about Mona's on Banks?


el tigre
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
I like mona's fine, but they don't claim to be just Greek. they are more in the Arzi's, Albasha mold.


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LSUbase13
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
It's really hard to pin point these types of food. They change so much from city to city in their own country, much less region. My arabic teacher is from Syria. He was trying to explain to the class that food from Damascus, Syria (where he was from) was vastly different to food from Hama, Syria. If you think about it, food from the midwest United States is vastly different to the food in the south/gulf coast region of the United States, etc...My other arabic teacher from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia cooked for us also and his food differed vastly from Syria's IMO. You cannot pinpoint the middle east with just "hummus, gyro, falafel" It is much more than that. I'm sure it is no different for Greek/Lebanese cooking too.

IMO: The homemade meals my arabic teachers prepared for us > than any meal you will get at a middle eastern restaurant (by a landslide). Even though these restaurants are usually owned and operated by native Middle-Eastern people, they Americanize their food too much IMO.
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busbeepbeep
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re: Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Egyptian
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What about Mona's on Banks?


Mona's is owned/operated by Palestinians. I think they market themselves as Middle Eastern food.


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