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Best of International Cuisines in Dallas

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With a sultry ambiance, Medina is a relaxing getaway from the hustle of the downtown Victory Park area. Be seated in the Moroccan themed dining room or patio surrounded by painted tiles, carved furniture, draperies and romantic lantern lighting. To start off your meal try the caramel fig martini, then segue into the sampler platter with four spreads and fresh pita. The salads and pizzas are large enough to share and entrees include lamb chops with thyme and beef tenderloin served with prunes and almonds. Desserts feature crème brûlée and chocolate marquise.

Located in a strip mall off of Forest Lane, Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant has been serving Northeast Dallas delicious cuisine for over a decade. Their injera flat bread is baked perfectly and compliments every dish. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and can assist you with any questions you might have about the food. The cuisine is served on large platters and meant to be shared. Sautéed veggies, spicy meat, lentils, stews and beans dominate the menu, with many vegetarian options. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony is offered every Sunday from 1p-3p, call ahead for details.

Be prepared for an explosion of flavor at this cozy Moroccan restaurant. Choose from a variety of fire-grilled kebabs and small plates to share. Try the Fez Chicken Tagine (Saffron Braised Chicken with Moroccan Green Olives, Flat Potatoes, Shallots and Preserved Lemon). Baboush also boasts an impressive cocktail menu, with items like Casablanca Mint Tea martinis and the Marrakesh Express (gin, apricot, lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon). Hookah is available on the patio, and Thursday nights feature belly dancing performances.

This tiny yet high profile, upscale Vietnamese restaurant caters to many varied tastes. From ultra-spicy to mild Vietnamese foods, there is always a gourmet feast at Green Papaya. The contemporary decor, with subdued lighting, light woods and a large saltwater aquarium, enhance the casual atmosphere. Signature Green Papaya Salad is mild and crunchy, heaped with mint, shrimp and grilled pork. Other favorites include steaming Tempura Shrimp, Spring Rolls and Chicken Vermicelli. Try the soda Changh Duong (lemonade made with mineral water).

Elaine's Kitchen has been one of Dallas' favorite places to get authentic Jamaican food for over five years. Elaine's serves up delicious, traditional versions of all the Caribbean classics like Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Curry Goat, Patties and of course all the fixin's. Although the place might look a little divey don't let that deter you, it's just because they put all their energy into the food.

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