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On Alcazar's Garden Patio, wafer-thin saji bread is baked on weekend evenings. On Fridays, owner Vatche, an Armenian singer of some renown, croons with his band. But even without the entertainment this sensuously appointed restaurant is worth a visit; it offers some of the most refined Lebanese food in the city. The meze platter predates today's tastes or small bites. A meal of these hot and cold dishes is easily assembled and becomes hearty when a few of the more substantial items are included: arayess (a meat-stuffed pita), hummus topped with chicken or beef shawarma, stuffed ground beef kibbe, marinated grilled quail, and pan-fried frog legs. Entrées, primarily kabobs, are huge. For the full experience, end the evening hooked up to one of the water pipes on the patio.

Middle Eastern