Everyone Knows About This Greek-Egyptian Eatery in Tempe, Right?
Following the arrival of Hummus Xpress in January, Tzikii Pita Grill, at 7510 South Priest Drive (Priest and Elliot Road), opened its doors in late March.
Featuring eats like a family-recipe chicken shawarma, tahini-infused tzatziki, and the vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dish koshari -- Tzikii serves up its fast-casual food with a Greek-Egyptian twist.
Owned by three Egyptian friends (they own Nara Lounge, the hookah shop next door to the restaurant, as well), Tzikii, like Hummus Xpress, serves satisfying, build-your-own pitas, bowls, and plates using fresh ingredients as well as signature sauces and hummus creations.
Laura Hahnefeld Kataifi
You'll want to try the chicken shawarma, chunks of nicely grilled meat with a well-seasoned flavor that one of the restaurant's owners, Mo Khalek, credits to his grandma's family recipe. Like another good dish, the beef shawarma, it's best had in a pita, perhaps with an order of crunchy pita chips and a creamy and spicy cilantro jalapeño hummus. Ask for an extra bit of tzatziki, too. Made with tahini, the sauce takes on a deeper flavor than those you may have had elsewhere.
For those in search of a starchy snack sans meat, there is koshari. A popular Egyptian street food, this vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dish features rice, lentils, noodles, and garbanzo beans topped with a sweet and spicy tomato sauce and caramelized onions.
Skip the soda for a nice glass of housemade cucumber lemonade.
After the meal, if there isn't homemade baklava, there will probably be kataifi. A dish Khalek calls "baklava's cousin," this sweet and nutty snack is topped with a golden nest of thin pastry strands for a dessert with crunch.
Tzikii Pita Grill
7510 South Priest Drive, Tempe