Food: Homemade traditional Lebanese cuisine that truly satisfies. The salad bowl and manoushe are must haves.
Service: Welcoming and attentive. No complaints.
Atmosphere: Modern, plenty of light, and comfortable seating.
Extra: A rental space available for roughly 40-50 people for private events. Wanting to buy their hummus or other delicious spreads? Check out Laziz Foods.
Being welcomed with warm smiles, eating food that is made from the heart, and in an atmosphere full of natural light with comfortable seating is exactly what I want in a restaurant. The owners of Laziz Kitchen, Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, seem to have made it their goal to create a local eatery that makes you feel like family. If you have yet to try out this new favorite restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re missing out. With the addition of a new summer menu, now is the time to go.
Tasty salads hold a special place in my heart. Especially ones that are unique and robust enough to fill me up for lunch or dinner. The salad bowl ($14) fulfills those exact two components. The use of mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, green onion, parsley, capers, quinoa, feta, olives, pickled cabbage, crispy onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and tarator dressing makes for a combination of flavors that sing in the mouth. I would highly suggest adding the fried cauliflower. It’s slightly crispy, savory, and adds more substance to the meal.
My husband swears by the manoushe (Dinner price $15). Honestly, how can you go wrong with stone fried flatbread, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and mint? You can choose to add zaatar, akawi cheese, or ground beef. All of which are delicious and add their unique flavor profiles to the wrap. That price also includes a side salad or fries.
While my husband is a lover of wraps and sandwiches, I get weak at the knees for stuffed grape leaves ($7). While the ingredients of rice, tomatoes, walnuts, parsley, garlic, and lemon, seem like nothing extraordinary, Laziz’s grape leaves are far from ordinary. They have a depth of flavor that’s so rich your mouth and belly will be yearning for more.
Even though I have an inability to cook eggplant successfully, I love to try it out at restaurants. The eggplant rolls ($12) were a perfect appetizer because they were light, flavorful, and woke up my palate for more food. The combination of eggplant, tomatoes, onion, mint, pomegranate molasses, parsley, garlic, and lemon screamed summer flavors.
A true staple in Middle Eastern food, Laziz’s hummus ($6) doesn’t disappoint. Smooth, rich in flavor, and served with a side of pita and lettuce, it’s a great appetizer or side dish.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a bit of a fry fiend. I could eat fries for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a bit ridiculous. The zaatar fries served with toum garlic sauce ($7) made me a happy fry consumer. Crisp, herbaceous, and salty, they went well with the zip of the toum garlic sauce.
To wash it all down I had the Laziz lemonade ($5) which combined lemon, orange ginger sugar, mint, and orange blossom. It was tart, slightly sweet, and had background floral notes. Honestly, I wish I could have a pitcher of it in my refrigerator at home.
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I can’t rave about Laziz Kitchen enough. Delicious food, comfortable atmosphere, and owners who truly care about the products they produce is exactly what I want in a local establishment. Go for yourself and try not to fall in love. I dare you.