I was hooked on Mazah the first time I ate at this charming Middle Eastern eatery in Grandview. Dishes were simple and fresh. The service was always friendly and quick. There was just one problem—it was small—so small that I found myself ordering food to go more than staying in.
When I stopped by this week, the restaurant was hopping with couples on mid-week dates, families and groups of friends. A handful of lone diners chose to sit at the stone bar—a spot where regulars will notice the most difference with an expanded specialty cocktail list and beer selection. Where the old locale felt cramped, Mazah now feels bright and open with green and cream walls and French-style doors that open onto a sidewalk patio.
What I love about this place is that it’s honest Middle Eastern food done really well. The flavors are always fresh and light. And I always end up leaving full, never uncomfortably stuffed, and with a bill that rarely surpasses $20 per person.
The menu is mostly the same—starters of creamy hummus, smoky baba ghanoush, flaky fatayer (baked homemade dough filled with spinach, onion and spices), refreshing tzatski, hand-rolled grape leaves. Entrees like lamb and chicken kebabs, chicken and beef shawarma—and all, if you opt for the platter, come with a choice of two sides and rice.
The Falafel is some of the best I’ve ever had. They are fragrant and deeply spiced balls of chickpeas and onions, fried to a pleasant crisp on the outside and not at all greasy. Coming in at a close second is the Kefta Kebab, two large patties of ground lamb and beef seasoned with parsley and onion and grilled until a pleasantly charred crust forms.
I’m looking forward to being a dine-in regular at this family-run spot.