Last week I wrote a review of Za’atar, a Tucson “restaurant” that serves Iraqi and Iranian foods, most notably shish kabobs. This traditional Middle Eastern dish consists of bite-size chunks of seasoned meat or fish plus veggies roasted on a skewer and served with rice and various sauces and condiments. The Iraqis on North Country Club Road spell it Shish K-A-B-O-B.
Way out East on Broadway, there is another Middle Eastern restaurant that boosts Jordanian cuisine. This is Shish Kebab House. They spell their specialty shish K-E-B-A-B.
I don’t know if the spelling and associated pronunciation makes a difference in the quality or taste of the food. The biggest difference seems to be about issues other than what customers actually consume, except that Za’atar has a lot more fresh bakery goods.
For example, Shish Kebab House actually offers service … and good service too. Shish Kebab House actually offers comfortable seating and real knives and forks. Food at Shish Kebab House actually serves food on real plates. And cloth napkins … what a concept.
Perhaps most obvious, Shish Kebab House, although located in the back of an ordinary strip mall, has a small, but very pleasant interior. Za’atar is located in a rickety stand-along building that looks like it will collapse in the next desert storm.Read More