Some day, we expect to see restaurants in Baltimore representing each of the 193 United Nations members. Till then, but here's a sampling of more dining destinations to explore.

Afghan: The Helmand is so authentic, it's owned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother, Qayum Karzai. 806 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon.


Australian: Corner BYOB Cafe isn't ethnic. But it does sometimes offer kangaroo meat. That counts, right? 850 W. 36th St., Hampden.

Eastern European: Ze Mean Bean Cafe serves traditional dishes and light fare. 1739 Fleet St., Fells Point.

French: Petit Louis says "French" and "Foreman-Wolf." 4800 Roland Ave., Roland Park.

Indian: It's tough to name just one, but the Ambassador Dining Room has charm as well as great food. 3811 Canterbury Road, Tuscany-Canterbury.

Lebanese: Lebanese Taverna is a chain, but it serves fine Mediterranean food. 714 S. President St., Harbor East.

Nepalese: Kumari Restaurant & Bar mixes it up with Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. 911 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon.

Persian: Orchard Market and Cafe is a little tough to find but worth the drive. 8815 Orchard Tree Lane, Towson.

South American: At Talara, think ceviche. And "Miami Vice." 615 President St., Harbor East.