Don't bust a gut
I was unsure about the traditional Jordanian dish “mensef”—a steaming platter of rice and on-the-bone lamb covered with a rich, yellow yogurt sauce—until we feasted at a friend’s house. It’s the optimal communal dining experience, as everyone eats with their hands from the same plate. Just beware that it settles in your stomach like a rock, and before you know it, you’ve eaten too much (so wise travelers should have some Imodium on hand). If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, try classic Middle Eastern dishes like shawarma (a lamb sandwich), foul (a pile of mashed-up beans) and hummus (the homemade kind—not the processed crap that American grocery stores sell).