100 Favorite Dishes

Fattoush Salad from Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market

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95: Fattoush Salad from Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market

In a city built on a grid, it's sometimes hard to find buried treasure. But that's how we think of Baiz Market, a Middle Eastern grocery that manages to be completely off the beaten path and in the center of town at the same time.

You won't have trouble finding Al-Hana, the counter service restaurant in a far corner. We love the cheese pies, the chicken shwarma and the kebabs, but the dish that really gets our mouth watering is the fattoush salad.

 

Lately, we've noticed fattoush popping up on trendy restaurant menus. None we've had compares to this simple dish of romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and Persian cucumber, tossed in oil and vinegar (is that lemon zest we taste?) with oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Deep-fried pita chips offer a treat atop a healthy dish, and they don't get soggy like others we've sampled.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.