Sultans of Shish

Lemons follows Mike Tyson for Russo-Uzbek eats

The decor is functional and pleasant: cream-colored walls, red linen tablecloths and chintzy vases filled with pink roses. Two TV sets sometimes blast Russian broadcasts. Or the stereo might be playing a haunting Russian tune. A mezuzah on the door frame, and a painting of Moses parting the Red Sea attest to the Jewish heritage of both owners, who came to Arizona by way of New York, where Baybachayez owned a restaurant and Malayeva worked in a Russian deli. They're in-laws, and were neighbors in the old country, in fabled Samarkand itself, city of mosques, and burial place of the conqueror Tamerlane.

Theirs is a significant contribution to Phoenix's ethnic dining scene, and I urge all of my readers to patronize them, following in the illustrious footsteps of Iron Mike, and your own feisty-but-lovable food writer, Suety Steve.

Uzbek spread: Samarkand co-owners Motik Baybachayez 
(left) and Mira Malayeva before an array of delightful 
delectables.
Uzbek spread: Samarkand co-owners Motik Baybachayez (left) and Mira Malayeva before an array of delightful delectables.

Location Info

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Restaurant Samarkand

7823 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: North Phoenix

Details

Carrot salad: $3.50
Mushroom salad: $3.50
Captain fish kebab: $4.50
Lola kebab: $2.25

602-331-8991.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

7823 North 19th Avenue (just south of Northern Avenue), Phoenix

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