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African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants For Students Near ASU Tempe (Plus One For Your Parents)

    We'll admit, when we were in college we weren't the most enlightened of diners. That basically means we wasted a lot of money eating mediocre food at restaurants simply because we didn't know any better. But you don't have to make the same mistake. There are plenty of good -- and almost more impor ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Eddie Hantas of Hummus Xpress on Basketball and What Brought Him from Lebanon to Tempe

    Eddie Hantas Chef/Owner Hummus Xpress www.hummusxpress.com Since January, Eddie Hantas has been serving healthy, fresh Mediterranean food in a fast-casual atmosphere at Hummus Xpress in Tempe. The Subway- (or if you prefer, Chipotle-) style restaurant is his second venture, opened about year after ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Tempe's Hummus Xpress Does Tasty Mediterranean, Subway-Style

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Khyber Halal: Three Cuisines in One

    Khyber Halal is a culinary crossroads of sorts. A unique mix of the familiar and the unexplored, this casual spot in Phoenix features foods from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, where each nation's cuisine is as diverse as the restaurant's staff of family members. "Pakistani dishes take longer to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    A Perfect Introduction to African Food: Yassa Chicken

    For newcomers to African cuisine, why not make the first dish one of the most delicious? Yassa chicken (known as yassa au poulet) is a traditional chicken dish from the Casamance region of Senegal in West Africa. Prepared with lemons and onion, it is one of the most popular dishes in Africa and ca ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Israeli Couscous with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Preserved Lemon

    Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday series, we've taken a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week, I'm using roasted sweet potatoes, but you could use anything like butternut squash, carrots, or beets. I love ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Three-In-One Khyber Halal Serves Up Cuisine of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Ten Favorite Vegetarian Entrees in Metro Phoenix

    Phoenix isn't exactly known for vegetarian food, but the Valley has several unique, passionate vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Don't worry, you won't find any salads or veggie burgers on this list.

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    January 19, 2012
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    October 17, 2011

    Aztec Couscous Salad

    Aztec Couscous Salad is one vegetarian dish that anyone can enjoy. It makes a great lunch, light dinner, or side dish, and it's quick to toss together with roasted peppers, corn, black beans, and more.

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    August 3, 2011

    Brett Vibber's Hummus

    Maya Dukmasova Chef Vibber's hummus served with roasted red peppers, garlic, rosemary the chef picks around Tempe and bagel chips​This week we met Center Bistro's Executive Chef, Brett Vibber, who share tales of travels and kitchen values. Today, he gives us his recipe for hummus, a dish th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Lunch under $10 at Cafe Lalibela

    Alicha Sega Wat and Fosolia wrapped in Injera. Translation: Tender Beef Cubes in Mild Sauce with Spiced Green Beans wrapped in Ethiopian Flat Bread.​When there are only 60 minutes in a lunch hour, most folks with a schedule grab a cold sandwich to save time and money. Cafe Lalibela is o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    A Quick Guide to Grains

    Carol Blonder grains and seeds​ One of our tips for cooking meatless is to prepare a pot of grain over the weekend, mostly brown rice, and have it on hand to add to soups, stocks, and casseroles or to make a fresh grain and vegetable salad during the week. Going meatless one day a week is m ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    How Bazaar

    Ethnic food in the house

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Haji Baba: Lunch $10 & Under

    We've been craving Haji Baba's falafel sandwich ever since it made our 100 Favorite Dishes list. A food craving is like a song that gets stuck in your head, but ten times worse: Not only can you not stop thinking about it, you can literally taste it in your mouth and your stomach's not happy until t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Pita Jungle: Happy Hour Report Card

    Erica O'Neil Pita Jungle's delectable Mediterranean happy hour.​The Spot: Pita Jungle (one of ten locations across the Valley), 4340 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-7482 http://www.pitajungle.com/ The Hours: Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5:30 pm. Reverse happy hour is every day o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Sahara: Lunch $10 and Under

    Long time Tempe residents might remember Sahara from its original location on Mill just Sunbusek Lunch Platter​south of University. All good things must come to an end or in Sahara's case, be torn down to make room for a CVS. Lucky for us they opened a new location last year on the northeast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    78: Bourekas at Spices Mediterranean Kitchen

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments section. Visit our siste ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    February 9, 2010

    Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market: Lunch $10 and Under

    ​For lunch we decide to try Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market. Ok, so maybe the word 'restaurant' is a stretch, more like hole-in-the-wall, but we mean that in the best way possible. Al-Hana consists of a walk-up counter with a half dozen tables and chairs for eating in. It is tucked into th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Locally Made: Saber Rouin is Doctor Hummus

    Doctor Hummus proudly poses with the mixer that began his business. Lucky for us, he's moved on to bigger and better.​Saber Rouin's father always wanted him to be a doctor. Rouin was born in the North African country of Tunisia. His story begins on the deck of a cruise ship, a Love Boat of sorts, ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Closed for Business: Efes Turkish Cuisine

    ​Farewell to a place with real character. Word from a very reliable source is that Tempe favorite Efes Turkish Cuisine has closed; there's no answer at the restaurant's number during scheduled business hours. The six-year-old eatery was well-known for its exquisite kebabs, friendly ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Monday Night Martha: Shrimp and Pearls

    Tonight's meal could also be called "the dinner so nice, we made it twice." The recipe is clipped from this month's Gourmet magazine. You can also find it at Epicurious.The "pearls" in the title refer to a spherical semolina-based pasta known as Israeli couscous. Unlike its Moroccan counterpart, Isr ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 6, 2009

    Bantu Bistro Brings West African Cuisine to Central Phoenix

    It's only been open for two weeks, but Bantu Bistro has already gained some repeat customers in Central Phoenix. Located in the 7th Avenue spot that formerly housed Melrose Cafe (4447 N. 7th Ave., at Campbell; 602-604-2489), the eatery brings something new to the local dining scene: West A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Veggie Boy: Cafe Lalibela

    A platter filled with Ethiopian entrees, as served by Cafe Lalibela in Tempe. We hate to sound like a nagging mother, but it might be a good idea to make sure you've scrubbed up good and proper before sitting down to eat at Cafe Lalibela (849 West University Drive in Tempe, 480-829-1939). It's only ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Veggie Boy: Haji Baba

    By Benjamin Leatherman The best falafel I've ever tasted. No seriously, this time I mean it...really. Last month I sang the praises of Phoenicia Cafe in Tempe, particularly about the joint’s falafel. After supping on its version of the Middle Eastern favorite of gound chickpeas and eggplant fas ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Fans of Mediterranean House, get it while you can

    By Michele Laudig It had been awhile since I'd been into Mediterranean House -- the cozy eatery next door to Richardson's, on Bethany Home at 16th Street -- so I stopped by for some falafel the other day. Turns out, the place is closing, according to the two waitresses who were chatting me up on a ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008
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    June 5, 2008
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    September 27, 2007
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    April 27, 2007

    Blog Slacker

    Finger lickin' good: Ethiopian food by the handful at Blue Nile Yes, I've been a blog slacker the past few days. I've been an email slacker, too, and a flat-out voicemail ignorer (is that a word?). Next week, you'll see why. Anyway, yeah, I've been a little sidetracked, but not from eating. It' ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2005

    Hat Trick

    About as Moroccan as Mo Rocca

  • Dining

    June 16, 2005

    Sammy Time

    Fresh pasture for downtown grazing

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR KIDS

    Sabuddy's Israeli Restaurant

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004

    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN MARKET

    Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli

  • Dining

    June 10, 2004

    Kings of Kebab

    Stephen Lemons sings the praises of Turkish cuisine

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002

    Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

    Sabuddy Israeli Restaurant

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002

    Best Garlic Dip

    Pita Jungle

  • Dining

    February 28, 2002

    Gheimeh Shelter

    They're holding the spices at Scottsdale's latest faux-ethnic restaurant

  • Dining

    September 27, 2001

    Ali's Mother and Her Dessert

    This concoction is much more than the Middle Eastern equivalent of Jell-O

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    In the Niko's Time

    There's atmosphere aplenty in Scottsdale eatery

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Middle Eastern Grocery

    Yusef's Middle Eastern Restaurant, Grocery & Deli
    15236 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix
    602-867-2957

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best Potato Salad

    Sabuddy Israeli Restaurant
    825 West University, Tempe
    480-894-8387

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