Take Away Tonight: Lebanese Mezze From Phoenix Bakery – Arizona News

Take Away Tonight: Lebanese Mezze From Phoenix Bakery – Arizona News

The day is dragging on, the week is dragging slower. You’re hungry and grumpy and in no mood to go out, or to cook. Tonight’s battle plan includes picking up a few things on the way home that require zero effort to prepare, but are far removed from the idea of a greasy bag of fast food. A foraged meal like this could be just the thing to perk you up and get you through the rest of the week.

The Spot: Middle Eastern Bakery
Location: 3052 North 16th Street
Closest Freeways: State Route 51 (exit at Thomas); Interstate 10 (exit at 16th Street, eastbound only)
Open Until: 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday

It’s hot, and the last thing most of us want right now is heavy food. When I’m feeling especially grouchy, I like to indulge in Mediterranean fantasies with a casual meal of traditional mezze. This light fare usually includes Middle Eastern appetizers, salads, dips, and freshly made pita bread. I like to have something slightly sweet, like baklava or halva with hot tea or coffee for dessert.

What exaclty is mezze? It is basically a sampling of Lebanese appetizers, including classics like hummus, baba ghanoush, and stuffed grape leaves. Fried snacks like kibbeh and falafel can be added as well, but to get through the check-out line at Middle Eastern Bakery and out the door faster, stick to the essentials lining the cooler and bakery shelves.

Pick-Up List (choose 5 to 7):

Hummus: A creamy, nutty chickpea and tahini dip

Baba Ghanoush: Smoky, roasted eggplant dip

Garlic Dip: Just as it sounds, an aioli of sorts blended with tons of garlic. (Pro tip: This might be the perfect dipping sauce for salty French fries, if you have any on hand or in the freezer.)

Lift: Pickled beets and…

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