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FELLINI'S CAFE
900 Carrollton Ave. 488-2155
This Mid-City sister to Angeli's on Decatur is always bustling and lively with hungry patrons who indulge on gourmet pizzas, Mediterranean dishes and healthy portions of pasta. One Fellini's favorite is the chicken portobello roll, a grilled chicken breast, portobello mushrooms and spinach all sauteed in roasted red pepper cream sauce and rolled into lavash bread with mozzarella and feta cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JAMILA'S CAFE
7808 Maple St. 866-4366
Jamila's features dishes inspired by Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine. Feast on the tajine of lamb, a meaty spiced boneless leg of lamb, gently simmered in a terra cotta dish. Or try the grilled lamb chops in a port wine reduction and served with asparagus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave. 488-6946
A popular place for those looking for upscale Mediterranean food in a casual, comfy setting, Lola's offers a variety of menu choices. The paella (the ancestor of jambalaya) is massive, cooked fresh to order with fresh seafood and Arboro saffron rice and vegetables (choose between meat, seafood and veggie paella). Or try the grilled tuna cooked to order. No reservations. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna
368-8786
A popular destination for workers in and around the Gretna Courthouse, Mother's offers a host of three-egg omelettes for breakfast, including the Greek version that mixes the eggs with feta cheese and serves them with hash browns or grits and biscuits or toast. Daily lunch specials are accompanied by a choice of three vegetables from a rotating list. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Visa/MC. $

VERONA RESTAURANT
1821 Hickory Ave., River Ridge
739-9875
Mediterranean salads, seafood and pastas fill the menu here. The double-cut pork chop is grilled over apple wood; vegetarians will appreciate the portobello mushroom and angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

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