Let’s go on an international cuisine adventure at the Middle Eastern restaurant of Ali Baba Cafe on Lower Greenville.

It’s a small building that doesn’t look like a restaurant at all, but once you enter that plain brick-and-glass-front building, you open the door to a very full, very busy little restaurant with good smells coming from the kitchen.

Vegetarians will take delight in the menu. There are falafel plates, which are fried chick peas served with humus and pickles and olives. The tabouli is authentic and tasty.

Good lamb and beef dishes also are available. All the wonderful food comes to us for very reasonable prices; I think the most expensive item on the menu is $7.95.

You can also enjoy wine or beer with your meal, because this New York-style cafe has a liquor license.

Ali Baba, 1905 Greenville, 823-8235, is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m.

As long as we are talking foreign cuisine, let’s talk about La Francaise, a lovely little French bakery and cafe that has been tucked away in a small shopping center at Audelia and Kingsley for about 15 years. It has been there so long that sometimes we forget it.

Now is the time to rediscover the bakery experience, just like a pleasant visit with an old friend.

Try dropping by in the early morning to partake of a fresh croissant – perhaps a chocolate one, or almond, maybe? They are authentic.

You won’t have to take out a bank loan to pay for them. They are reasonably priced at 80 cents for plain, $1.20 for chocolate and $1.35 for almond. The Brioche and apple turnovers are musts.

If you are around for lunch, try the soup du jour, which is served with fresh French bread for $2.50. Onion soup is standard on the menu for $2.75.

You might be tempted by the Caesar Salad, $2.75 for the small or $3.50 for the large. Or perhaps the Crab salad for $3.75. And there is the usual list of sandwiches for $3.75.

You can satisfy your sweet tooth by sampling the pastries. The chocolate eclairs are sinful and hard to resist. The Black Forest cake is nothing to be overlooked, nor is the Napoleon.

So remember to revisit that old friend at 105 Lake Highlands Plaza at Kingsley and Audelia. It is the parent store to the La Francaise at 6333 E. Mockingbird. The mother store is open weekdays from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

So, take your taste buds on a trip to France or to the Middle East – our neighborhood has it all.

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