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Inside Khyber Halal, the cultural mix continues. Within the clean and casual space, large photographs of cities from around the world (leftover from the location's former tenant, a deli) hang on buttery yellow walls, over a few benches decorated with ornate pillows and several tables sporting maroon tablecloths covered in plastic. At the counter, a dessert case shows off sweet endings which may include the popular Indian and Pakistani dessert gulab jamun, Afghan rote (sweet bread), or small bites of baklawa.
And, according to affable, front-of-the-house man Habib Hassan (Fahima's husband) the restaurant's food has caught on with many Anglos, who, he tells me, make up about 80 percent of Khyber Halal's customer base.
Members of the family are always present — bustling about when they are on duty, sitting and chatting with guests, watching the little ones, or working on laptops when their shifts have ended. At times, service can be slow, but it is always friendly and helpful — especially when it comes to understanding and selecting dishes.
4030 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Region: East Phoenix
"What's the right way to eat this?" one of my dining guests inquired about a dish.
"Alone, with the sides, with one or both of the sauces — you can eat it anyway you'd like," Hassan answered. "Here, everything is acceptable."