Restaurant Review: AZ Kabob House- Phoenix, AZ

Falafel Plate Appetizer

Falafel Plate Appetizer

There's a fresh new kabob restaurant in town- one that tends more towards authentic flavors and specialty menu items you don't find at any big name chain operation.

It's called AZ Kabob House and it's just steps away from the Harkins Theatres at the Scottsdale 101 shopping center. Location couldn't be better- can you say "date night?"

Or in the case of this reviewer "moms with kids lunch."

The interior is just as refreshing as the food, with a modern flair you don't find in most Middle Eastern or Mediterranean restaurants.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

From entree- sized salads to juicy kabobs and exotic stews, AZ Kabob House has an extensive menu that will appeal to both discerning and adventuresome palettes. You can also substitute the side of rice for a salad with any meal which I always recommend for those looking to get more veggies (and less calories) in their dining experience. The chef was also very accommodating- I ordered a side of roasted veggies sans oil which he happily (and perfectly) prepared.

One of my favorite things about this restaurant is the Kids' Menu. I typically don't order off the kids menu when we go out if I can avoid it.. Normally the kid food is processed junk and I'd like my kids to learn to enjoy what the adults eat as early and often as possible (plus, they can't read the menu yet so I get to pick).

Kids Grilled Chicken and Fries Entree

Kids Grilled Chicken and Fries Entree

If you've got those skittish eaters, they do have mac n' cheese and fries if you need a back up. But the main kid entrees are pint-sized versions of adult kabobs. Well, not sure if pint-sized is wholly accurate since the portions are still hearty!

Our picky-taste tester this time was 18-month-old Gracie, who often shuns new food (even with ketchup). Gracie's mom ordered the kabob and fries (don't judge, you know you've been there), which comes with a side of their creamy tzatziki sauce. If you're not familiar with the stuff, it's a mint and cucumber yogurt sauce- if you want to try a dairy-free version of tzatziki at home, check out my Cool Cucumber Dip in my free eBook.

Those roasted (and oil-free!) veggies- yum!

Those roasted (and oil-free!) veggies- yum!

Gracie eyed the tzatziki and suspiciously nibbled a slice of pita that had been dipped in it. Though apprehensive at the beginning of the meal, by the end all of Gracie's fingers were covered in dip (and she'd completely forgotten the fries on her plate.)

One thing to note when dining out at any establishment is the calories added in the cooking process by oil and butter. In some entree items, this can be modified on request (like my veggies) but with others, it's not possible (like the meat marinades). If this is an issue for you, chat with the chef about the best options for you.

AZ Kabob House is located at 7000 East Mayo Blvd, Suite 1060 in Phoenix. Visit them at www.azkabob.com