If you're not sure you've ever given moussaka and spanakopita a serious taste test, maybe it's time to re-educate your palate with Greek or Middle Eastern specialties from area restaurants. Listed below is a sampling in Virginia. AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates a parking lot, otherwise expect street parking or commercial lots. "Full bar" indicates a license to sell spirits, beer and wine. "Children" indicates the availability of children's portions at reduced prices.

Akropol Restaurant, 132 W. Broad St. (Rte. 7), Falls Church. Tel.: 532-2772. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sun. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Entree prices: $5 to $17. Specialties: dolmedes (ground beef and lamb served in stuffed grape leaves), kaphme (Greek-style chicken).

Atilla's, 2705 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tel.: 920-4900. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (carry-out food only). Cards: MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Entree price range: $4 to $9. Specialties: hun kebab (beef tenderloin on pita bread with yogurt), gyros (sliced spit-cooked lamb served in pita bread) and baklava.

Crystal Dinery, 1664 Crystal Sq., Arlington. Tel.: 920-3930. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fri. 6 a.m. to 4 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. Closed Sunday. Cards: None. Cash and travelers' checks only. Underground parking. Full bar. Entree prices: $1.14 to $4. Specialties: moussaka (spiced eggplant with ground beef, tomato and cheese), pastitsio (layered macaroni, meat and cheese) and spanakopita (spinach pie in filo crust).

Kabul Caravan, 1725 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tel.: 522-8394. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cards: MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Specialties: Afghan cuisine such as quabilepalow (lamb chunks served on saffron rice with carrots, raisins and pistachio nuts), kadupalow (ground beef or lamb with yogurt and saffron rice, served with pumpkin), beef and chicken kebabs, manto (ground beef and onions) and scallion dumplings, both topped with yogurt and coriander or dry mint.

Kazan, 6813 Redmond Dr., McLean. Tel.: 734-1960. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sun. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Entree prices: $4.25 to $15.95. Specialties: doner kebab (spit-cooked lamb), seafood, and orange baklava (pastry layered with oranges and nuts, soaked in syrup).

Middle East Supper Club, 8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Tel.: 893-9004. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (with belly dancers in the evenings). Cards: MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Entree price range: $4.95 to $9.95. Arabic specialties such as stuffed grape leaves and moussaka.

Nizam's Restaurant, 523 Maple Ave. West, Vienna. Tel.: 938-8948. Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Mon. Cards: AE, DC, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Entree price range: $3.50 to $14.50 (all served with salad and bread). Specialties: Turkish cuisine such as doner kebab (braised lamb and veal on a stick, served Tues., Fri. and Sun.) and other nightly house specials.

Phoenix Restaurant, 2950 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Tel.: 841-9494. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sun. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Entree price range: $7.05 to $11.75. Specialties: moussaka, spanakopita, souvlaki (marinated pork loin cut up and grilled on skewers), baked pastitsio and seafood. A four-entree combination platter is also available.

Serbian Crown, Inc., 1141 Walker Rd., Great Falls. Tel.: 759-4150. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sun. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Entree price range: $5.50 to $20. Specialties: Serbian-French cuisine, such as kulebiaka (pastry filled with salmon and rice and served with vegetables), rack of lamb, venison, wild boar and buffalo.

Taverna Cretekou, 818 King St., Alexandria. Tel.: 548-8688. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Mon. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Street and commercial parking. Full bar. Entree price range: $4.50 to $14.50. Specialties: moussaka, spanakopita, pastitsio (ground sirloin in layered pasta, feta cheese and bechamel sauce).