Haji-Baba vs. Cafe Istanbul: Chicken Shawarma Showdown
Amy Edelen Chicken shawarma plate at Haji-Baba
Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern meat preparation in which chicken, beef, veal, or lamb is slow-roasted on a rotisserie. Shawarma is commonly served as a sandwich or pita bread with vegetables and dressing, but it also can be served on a plate with garlic sauce, hummus and rice.
In This Corner: Haji-Baba
Amy Edelen Dining area at Haji-Baba
The Setup: Haji-Baba is located in a small strip mall on Apache Boulevard. The establishment is split in two -- a market with specialty food items from the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Europe and the restaurant, which offers several Middle Eastern and Greek dishes such as gyros, kabobs, kafta, falafel, and shawarma.
The Good: The chicken shawarma plate ($7.99) was prepared fairly quickly and came with tabouli, rice, hummus, and pita bread. The portions were generous and enough for two meals. Our server was friendly and cracked a few jokes with us, which made the dining experience fun.
The Bad: The chicken was dry and the spicing was bitter.