The first Aladdin’s Eatery opened in 1994 in Lakewood, serving up Lebanese food long before you could find two dozen flavors of hummus in every supermarket. It’s now a regional chain with locations in four states. The fare is fresh-tasting and healthful, and the extensive menu holds special appeal for vegetarians, vegans and those eating gluten-free. It focuses on quality versions of Middle Eastern standards like tabouli, shawarma and falafel, served over salads, rolled in pita bread and toasted, in combo platters or as “pitzas.” Aladdin’s was also an early advocate of juicing, so you can feel extra virtuous sipping a smoothie or raw juice blend with your meal.

The place: Aladdin's Eatery

Where: Includes locations in Highland Square, Montrose, Portage Crossing and Jackson Township

Why you should go: Serving quality Middle Eastern food for more than 20 years

Info: aladdinseatery.com

— Lynne Sherwin