From the 1980s onward, the areas in Ramleh beyond Laurens have grown exceedingly populous. Consequently, eateries have proliferated there, but of the mashawis, Balba’ is certainly the best known. Opened in 1985 in Sidi Bishr, it quickly became so popular that within a few years it had opened another branch in Down Town opposite Carrefour. Its excellent meat has been supplemented by fish as well, and by rice cooked Gulf style.