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Just back from another trip to Amman and thought I'd post a few restaurants that we found that I enjoyed. I've decided now, after two trips, to avoid the Italian/Spanish/European restaurants and stick to Middle Eastern food while in Amman. A few of my favorites are:

1) Zad el-Khair: Iraqi restaurant with a wide range of Iraqi specialities including Mansouf and Zeboudy (both fish dishes) -- recommended by our Iraqi colleagues as good representation of Iraqi food in the Jordanian capital. We asked the chef to take care of us (three women in a restaurant full of men) and a wide variety of dishes appeared at the table - all were exceptional and the desserts were also a hit.

2) Deir el Qamar: A recommended alternative to one of the more recognized Lebanese restaurants in town, Fakhr el-Din. Located in trendy Abdoun, this place quickly filled up on a Wednesday evening with locals. The food was some of the very best of the trip and many in Jordan will agree that the Lebanese food is some of the best in the region.

3) Mawwal: Next door to the Popeye's chicken near the 6th circle, this local restaurant was recommended by US and Iraqi expats. Typical Jordanian food, with a Halal butcher on site - more low key and casual than the other restaurants noted, but the food was simple and excellent.

All of these restaurants had hubbly-bubbly available, so if you're adverse to smoking, you may want to avoid.

P.S. It also appears that another Italian restaurant with outdoor dining, La Cucina, has replaced Romero's as the top Italian spot in Amman. Although the food was good, it had some interesting differences from "normal" Italian dining - such as the use of mint instead of capers in the vitello piccata. Very expensive with an ok Italian wine list - for my $$ in Amman, I'll skip the Italian restaurants.

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