Medi-Cure: Two New Mediterranean Spots in Tempe Satisfy
This year, two very good Mediterranean-style spots -- Hummus Xpress and Tzikii Pita Grill -- opened in Tempe, luring diners with healthful, homemade creations packed into pitas, bowls, and plates, served Subway-style, and priced to please.
Jackie Mercandetti The chef-ly pitas at Hummus Xpress are loaded with an array of flavorful ingredients.
Their appearance couldn't be more timely.
All over the country, healthy eating is on the rise. And in the realm of fast-casual dining, that means replacing the iceberg lettuce and "lite" mayonnaise with roasted vegetables and well-seasoned sauces served up fast, fresh, and with a nod to all kinds of diets -- from vegan to gluten-free.
Here's an excerpt from this week's review:
"And Hantas [of Hummus Xpress] isn't above adding a little Southwest flair to his superb falafels. Quite possibly some of the best in the Valley, their thin and crunchy coatings give way to a creamy filling of ground fava beans seasoned with cardamom and Mexican chili powder. They can be paired with moist Lebanese-style tabouli (made with cilantro, not parsley, Hantas says, so as to be easier on the palate), spicy shug, or a smoky chipotle hummus for a kind of Lebanese snack run through a Mexican kitchen."
Hungry for more? Read my full review of Hummus Xpress and Tzikki Pita Grill.