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Food & Dining in Jordan

Jordanian cuisine is quite similar to fare served elsewhere in the region. The daily staple being khobez, a large, flat bread sold in bakeries across the country for a few hundred fils. Delicious when freshly baked.

There are many fine restaurants in most Jordanian towns and cities, offering a wide selection of authentic Arabic food at reasonable prices. Larger hotels offer a more international cuisine. Italian restaurants and pizza places are somewhat abundant in Amman, Madaba and Aqaba, but are very hard to find in other cities.

The national dish of Jordan is the mansaf the most popular place to eat cheap mansaf is the Jerusalem restaurant in downtown Amman. Levantine-style mezza are served in Lebanese-style restaurants around the country. For mouth-watering falafel, the restaurants of Abu Jbarah and Al Kalha are famous in Amman.

There is an abundance of Middle Eastern-style cafes serving Argeelleh in addition to the full complement of Western and Middle Eastern coffee drinks. There is also a good number of Western-style cafes which usually serve Western-style desserts, salads and sandwiches.

Wines, spirits and locally produced beer are available, together with imported drinks. All hotels and restaurants are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. The local drink is known as arak, an anise-flavoured drink served mixed with ice and water.





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