Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market: Lunch $10 and Under
Like a lot of places that do something really well, the menu is quite simple. For $3.99 we had delicious chicken shawarma sandwiches on fresh pita bread with a delicious creamy garlic sauce, tomato, pickles, and onion.
For equally inexpensive prices we could have ordered falafel, hummus, shish taook, babaganoush, or meat and spinach pies.
The café and market give you an authentic taste of the Middle East. This place is a cultural mash-up, a mélange, with products from across the Middle East, India -- even Eastern Europe.
The hardest part is finding the place, easily overlooked on 20th Street between Van Buren and Roosevelt (near the interchange of the 51 and the 10).
We thought Al-Hana was tasty, fresh, inexpensive and quick. Why would you not want to eat this instead of a fast-food chain? If you're near downtown Phoenix it's worth the detour.