When you can’t face another turkey sandwich with leftover mashed potatoes, wake your taste buds up with some Middle Eastern food. If you’re skeptical, rest assured – lazeez is the Urdu word for delicious.
Lazeez opened at its Elton Hills location almost 14 months ago, though it operated in the Apache Mall food court before that. Owner Abdulrahman Tageldin says he has a wide range of customers who enjoy the halal, Middle Eastern style food served at his restaurant. “Americans, Latin-Americans, many other countries come because they enjoy my food,” he says. “My food is halal, my food is unique, and I have a lot of customers come because they like my food.”
When asked about his most popular dishes, he rattles off almost the entire menu. “Most of our dishes are very popular,” he says. Offerings include chicken or beef shawarma, kofta kebabs, falafel, lamb kebabs and the lazeez club is also very popular. The chicken shawarma or chicken kebab are the two most popular sandwich options.
As for his favorite, Tageldin says he likes the chicken kebab.
If meat isn’t your style, there are vegetarian options as well, including the hummus, tabouleh, baba ganoush and Arabian salad, plus a few more.
In case you’re wondering about the main spices or herbs used at Lazeez, Tageldin laughs and answers, “Garlic dip.”
Dish breakdown: traditional definitions of many common Middle Eastern dishes
Falafel – deep fried balls or patties made of ground chickpeas
Kofta – meatball dish generally made with ground meat, spices and onion
Samosa – fried or baked pastry with savory fillings
Shawarma – meat roasted on a spit for long periods of time, then shaved off to eat