500BestSquareSpinach Pie @ Byblos

Spinach pie is better identified as a Greek dish than Lebanese. But the cuisines are related, and the way Byblos makes it seems Greek to me. The lightness is the key. Both the phyllo pastry and the spinach-and-feta filling are puffy, lacking the heaviness we sometimes find in other versions. All the flavors are in balance. The portion is large enough almost to make an entree.

Byblos. Old Metairie: 1501 Metairie Rd. 504-834-9773.

Uptown: 3218 Magazine. 504-894-1233. This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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