PHX - Hummus Topped w/ Lamb, Pine Nuts
Wow, I really dropped the ball on this one. Tawook, apparently, has come and gone. I've been to Cafe Istanbul, but, never tried to order this. I confused Phoenicia with another place.
I did find something close, at Dooby's, if you like your hummus chunky, it was good. Middle Eastern food is a light meal, for me. Given that, the slow service at Dooby's is hard for me to deal with.
More recently, I got recs from azhotdish for Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli, and from yamalam for Spices Mediterranean Kitchen. And, modthyrth gave another rec for Phoenicia Grill.
I'd been to the Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli, but, I hadn't been back in a long time. I had good memories of the food, so, I headed over to make this appetizer an early lunch. I ordered the large size ($5.99) and a Sierra Mist. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for. The ground beef/lamb mixture didn't do much for me. Still, I think I need to make a better effort to visit this place, in the future.
I've been meaning to try Spices, since it opened, but, never find my way down to Chandler. I finally made the trip, tonight. Honestly, the meat (beef/lamb shawarma) was only slightly better than MEBD, but, the hummus had a great flavor, and the pita was some of the best I've had in years. This is a counter-service place, but, the staff is very friendly, and they deliver the food to your table. They also walked back out to my table to check on me, a couple of times.
Thanks to all who replied.
Next stop, Phoenicia.
Middle Eastern Bakery & Deli
3052 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phoenicia Cafe II
1150 S Gilbert Rd Ste 104, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Dooby's Grill Cafe
2909 S Dobson Rd # 2, Mesa, AZ
Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
4040 W Ray Rd Ste 12, Chandler, AZ 85226
Cafe Istanbul & Market
1310 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
616 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
I stopped in to Byblos, today, but, they're closed Mondays, so, maybe I'll try it later in the week.
I ended up going to Phoenicia on Forest, and it was a success. The lamb and hummus were good, but, they used slivered almonds rather than pine nuts. I would certainly rate it above average.
Sorry MEBD didn't work out well for you for that dish. I have never ordered it myself - I was hoping someone such as yourself would give it your blessing, since it's something in which you are familiar. I absolutely love their falafel and pitas, which is why I keep going back.
There's a new Middle Eastern restaurant in Scottsdale called Tawook. I haven't been there yet, but the dish you describe is listed on the menu. It appears that one would order hummus and then the lamb and pinenut combination as an add-on to the hummus.
The review I saw today on AZCentral:
For the hummus topped with chicken and pine nuts, that is Pita Jungle on Apache Blvd. I took a peek at their menu (www.pitajungle.com) and didn't see labm anywhere on the menu.
Cafe Istanbul has hummus with beef or chicken, but they also have lamb on the menu, so they might be able to accommodate the lamb addition.