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Kabob International ups the tally of Middle Eastern restaurants in St. Louis

As it turns out, Babylon International isn't the only new restaurant on South Grand where you can get a falafel fix and a gyros high. Just a block farther south and across the street, another new place, with the similar name of Kabob International (3200 S. Grand, 314-771-3411), opened at right about the same time last fall. This place focuses geographically on Persia (modern-day Iran) but reaches from Greece to India for menu influences.

Specialties of the house include osh, a full-bodied herbed lentil soup perfect for the middle of winter, as well as the namesake kebabs. Oversized pitas run about $5.50 and include, in addition to chicken, lamb and beef, vegetarian selections of falafel and shami, a cubed patty of yellow split peas, soy and eggs.

Right now Kabob International is a lunch-only spot, open 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

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