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Z'bih's! Grills!! Bakes!!! ...Huh?

Glendale is hungry Jun 25, 2012 06:41 PM

Hello Chowhounders,

I'm calling upon your collective culinary knowledge since my own falls short and search engines have given me squat thus far in my quest to decipher the above.

Some backstory:

On Myrtle Avenue in Glendale right next to the only surviving Esparks Coffee place in the city that I know of is a space that was occupied by a pizza place until about four years ago.

Since that time the space has been vacant. However, every few months or so, workers show up and do stuff inside - paint, move in furniture, shift around things that look like deli cases. Then, just as suddenly as these guys materialized, POOF! They vanish. This has been going on, literally, for at least three years. Very strange.

Anyway, a few months ago an awning arrived. Then, about two weeks ago, this appeared on that awning,

"Z'bih's Grills & Bakes"

Can anyone help out with identifying this elusive mystery cuisine? It sounds vaguely Middle Eastern to me. And does anyone have any idea why someone would start a business in such an erratic manner?

Solve this and then we can get to work on what happened to Amelia Earhart.


Glendale is hungry...

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    yussdov Jun 26, 2012 04:11 AM

    no idea, but we still have an esparks in elmhurst.

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      Greg Jun 26, 2012 05:49 AM

      Complete shot in the dark, but your deli cases tip makes me think that maybe it'll be a Halal butcher shop or kebab joint. Zabiha is the Islamic method for slaughtering animals required for the meat to be Halal. It's the analogue to Shechita for Kosher meat.

      As for Amelia, it appears that she and her Navigator ended up on Gardner Island in the Pacific.


      Hopefully it takes you less time to answer your question than it took to solve the Earhart mystery.

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        Glendale is hungry Jun 29, 2013 07:30 PM

        Hello Chowhounders,

        Well, it's now a one year later (almost to the day!).

        Not surprisingly, Z'bih's Grills & Bakes never materialized. Nothing beyond that awning ever happened. Newspaper still covers the windows of this place from the inside. (the SAME newspaper - four years old by now)

        But hey, guess what. A new awning has just gone up!

        On the Myrtle Avenue side of this never-opening business, the awning gives the name and slogan of yet another restaurant that will serve nary a single meal. This new awning reads,

        Eats Meets Best"

        North African? Egyptian perhaps?

        The world will probably never know. And, whoever dumps money into this (likely) fake enterprise on a yearly basis appears to be developing a sense of humor about it. On the Cypress Hills Street side of the building, the awning reads,

        "Eat Mubarak"

        Sorry dude, I'm not into dictator - gives me heartburn.

        If Mubarak ever opens up for real and actually tries to give it a go, then I will be there pronto and give an honest assessment of their food. And, I apologize in advance for being so snarky here now.

        But... I've been watching this place do this kind of thing for almost five years running and I don't see why things would be any different now. So I'm not holding my breath.


        Glendale is hungry...

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        1. re: Glendale is hungry
          MumonA Jun 30, 2013 04:04 AM

          Based on Eats Meets Best, Eat Mubarak is likely a playful pun on Eid Mubarak. Maybe the place is aiming to open at the end of Ramadan. Thanks for the update.

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