Best Mediterranean

From the Best Mediterranean edition

Aladdin's Eatery

Multiple locations

Web: aladdinseatery.com

A perfect antidote to a weekend filled with too much pizza and beer, Aladdin's menu has a huge variety of veggie-packed entrees and salads. Wonderfully creamy hummus and soft pita bread start things off right. From there, the addictive mujadara - a hearty pilaf of steamed lentils and rice topped with fried onion strands, available in a pita pocket or on a plate - is always a good bet. And since you've been virtuous, it's perfectly acceptable to splurge on one of the towering slices of cake and pie - or sticky baklava - enticing from the dessert case.

Runners-up: Cafe Istanbul, Lavash