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PHX - Hummus Topped w/ Lamb, Pine Nuts

johnseberg Nov 21, 2006 12:31 PM

Does anybody know a place that serves an entree of hummus topped with sauteed lamb and pine nuts? One of the places around ASU, maybe? I seem to remember somebody mentioning something similar, but, made with chicken.


  1. Seth Chadwick Nov 21, 2006 01:20 PM


    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.

    1. silverbear Nov 21, 2006 09:32 PM

      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 menu:


      The review I saw today on AZCentral:


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        Booklegger451 Nov 21, 2006 10:19 PM

        A couple places down here in Tucson serve this. Shish-kebab House on Broadway is probably the best.

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          emokid Nov 21, 2006 10:26 PM

          Phoenicia Grill serves hummus topped with sauteed lamb (or chicken) and pine nuts. It is on Forest Ave in Tempe.


          1. johnseberg Sep 27, 2008 10:04 PM

            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

            Phoenicia Cafe
            616 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

            3 Replies
            1. re: johnseberg
              Jen76 Sep 28, 2008 03:38 PM

              Did you ever try Byblos in Tempe? That's the first place I thought of when I saw your OP.

              3332 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

              1. re: Jen76
                johnseberg Sep 29, 2008 06:43 PM

                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.

              2. re: johnseberg
                azhotdish Sep 29, 2008 08:06 PM

                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.

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