Opa!: The Top 5 Mediterranean Restaurants in Dallas

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You may have a big fat Greek wedding, but the cuisine derived from the lands of the Mediterranean is known to be mostly healthy, skinny-jeans food. Do you need any other excuse to indulge yourself? Go on, be a gyro and check out these top-notch spots to get your baba ghanoush on.

1 Medina Oven & Bar

Walking through the doors of Medina in Victory Park is equivalent to jumping on some magic carpet and entering an Arabian night in some Mediterranean wonderland. The plush, colorful interior resembles a bustling Marrakesh City cafe, and it all spills out onto the bazaar-like patio with pillowed tables next to a large fountain. The Moroccan cuisine is concocted using fresh ingredients, authentic spices and European cooking techniques, and includes dips, flatbreads, tapas-style dishes for sharing, gourmet pizzas and tantalizing entrees.

2304 Victory Park Lane, 214.979.0003, www.medinadallas.com

2 Ziziki's

Ziziki's menu boasts a smorgasbord of Greek and Italian dishes, like Lamb Souvlaki and Chicken Fettucini. Of course, no Italian eatery worth its salt could go without a respectable wine list, and Ziziki's is chock full of your favorites as well as some you probably haven't tried, like Vatistas Agiorgitico Cabernet from Greece. A go-to item: the Dolmades, an appetizer consisting of grape leaves stuffed with rice.

4514 Travis St, Ste 122, 214.521.2233, www.zizikis.com

3 Fadi's Grill

Gourmet, cafeteria-style, healthy Mediterranean cuisine is what you will find at Fadi's Grill. Vegetarians will love their wide selections of grains, fruits and veggies, like their leafy Fattoush salad and flavorful Tabuli, as well as a vegetarians sampler featuring portions of all dips, veggies and salads. . Omnivores, don't fret yet; Fadi's also offers spicy kebabs, beef and chicken Shawermas and falafel sandwiches.

3001 Knox St, Ste 110, 214.528.1800, www.fadiscuisine.com

4 Shine's Mediterranean Market & Cafe

If your needs extend beyond a simple lunch or dinner, Shine's market has you covered. Whether you're buying some Baklava or Lady Fingers for a late night dessert at home or a Mediterranean party tray with hummus, tabuli, feta and more for an office shindig, Shine's helpful staff will direct you to the freshest, made-from-scratch dishes that will satisfy any bout of hunger.

14902 Preston Rd, Ste 1300, 972.763.1857, www.shinesmarket.com

5 Nazar Turkish Restaurant

Turkish delight, indeed. Perfect for large gatherings, Nazar offers an extensive menu with large portions of all the classic Mediterranean dishes as well as traditional Borek (puff pastry with spinach and feta cheese), cheese-filled "Cigar Rolls," stuffed cabbage and Turkish meatballs. Their Turkish pizzas area also a crowd pleaser, and their warm, flavorful bread is worth the trip alone.

15107 Addison Rd, 972.726.0100, www.nazarturkishrestaurant.com

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