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Sep 17, 2008 11:38 AM

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I've only found one mention of this place on the board by kmarg, so thought I'd chime in about my first visit yesterday:

I stopped in for an early lunch and I think I was the first customer of the day. I ordered the shish kebab (lamb souvlaki) pita ($8.95) and a side of hummus ($2.95). The hummus was just awesome - a nice silky texture and a huge amount of garlic (perhaps almost too much, it had a slightly bitter aftertaste that I didn't mind, it just might be too much if you were going back to the office). The shish kebab was very good, tender and grilled with lots of flavor (better than Z's Greek, not as good as Dooby's). The garlic yogurt sauce was also tasty, so my only complaint was the pita itself; it was just too soft. It seemed very fresh, but perhaps to a fault. I also found this to be a problem while eating the hummus, it didn't hold up very well. The sandwich came with a small greek salad that was fresh with a tangy dressing. Total with tax and tip was $15 which is high, but the sandwich was $2 more than the rest on their menu).

I will be returning, most likely for dinner; they have a bunch of entrees on the menu (served all day) that sound good.

I grabbed a menu and will scan it and post a link to it soon. The restaurant is tucked away in a strip mall that houses Kitchen Classics and Rosati's, among other things, south of Thomas just E of 40th St.

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  1. Used to be one of my very favorites, and good for lunch meetings since it's never very noisy, and they don't mind dawdlers. But then the ownership changed, and I was very disappointed a couple of times. Perhaps they're back on track, or better yet, the previous owners came back. Thanks for the update, and I'll check them out soon.

    1. *gasp* too much garlic; is there really such a thing --?

      I have seen other unflattering mentions of this place here, but when I worked at 44th & Thomas, I found this place to be a great go-to for lunch. Some obvious regulars, lots of people picking up take-out orders, very concerned ownership and great food and service. I was always happy to give them patronage and I hope they stick around a long time. I was also a fan of their Greek salad, and lamb dishes. They do very nice salmon dishes and their baklava has lots of ground pistachio, which I like.

      Between this, Indian Delhi Palace, and Tortas Paquime, I felt pretty spoiled for ethnic in that neighborhood.

      3 Replies
      1. re: themis

        Tortas Paquime - that's a new one for me - is it this one?

        2541 E Mcdowell Rd
        Phoenix, AZ 85008
        (602) 244-1188

        1. re: azhotdish

          Yes -- they opened another on the west side, too, 99th Ave & Indian School. Don't have all the exotic meats, but they make up for that in my book by having the pastries and Mexican ice cream.

          1. re: themis

            Tortas Paquime

            Tortas Paquime
            4344 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85031

      2. Tried this place recently. The pita bread was okay, but would greatly benefit from hitting the grill or oven for a few minutes. Dolmades were good but avgolemono sauce was bland, broken and thoroughly unappealing. Saganaki was a dish of melted white glop - no browned, crispy exterior. Moussaka was good, heavy on meat and potatoes.