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Patricia Escarcega

Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food

Allison Young
A no-frills Middle Eastern grocer and counter-service joint, Haji-Baba serves well all who enter: students from nearby Arizona State, lunching business-casual types, families, couples, and in-from-out-of-towners. For cheap and delicious eats in metro Phoenix, this place is hard to beat. The lamb tongue sandwich is one of the true wonders of Tempe eating; other standouts include the pita-wrapped chicken shawarma, baba ganoush, rice, hummus, and the Arizona pecan baklava. We're also big fans of the intoxicating aromas that have lived inside Haji-Baba for the past several decades. If we could bottle the scent of this place, we would. Seating is available inside this market-meets-restaurant as well as takeout.

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