Eating in Dahab used to be an adventure, a risky culinary crawl through beachside cafes that all offered the same menu of grilled calamari, shish tawook, and fries, and as often as not sent you away with a nasty case of funny-tummy. Nowadays, things are a little different. There are literally dozens of civilized restaurants along the seaside promenade, and a slow evening stroll checking them out is one of the pleasures of Dahab.

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In a place such as Dahab, which still has quite a few backpacker places along the waterfront, you can still pick up stomach bugs that will put you in bed for a day or two, or worse. Stick with the midrange and upper-range restaurants -- you won't pay that much more, and the cost in lost holiday time of making a mistake just isn't worth it. Outdoor grills are also a great way of ensuring that you're getting freshly cooked food, and avoid places with a low turnover or ones that seem to be bringing the food from another restaurant. Make sure that your chicken and fish is cooked all the way through, and it may be a little paranoid, but I almost never eat anything with ground meat in it.

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