Before pita bread, diners had to enjoy hummus in messier ways, such as by using their hands or relying on comedic, face-thrown hummus pies. Lap up lush flavors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean Fare at Al Basha Restaurant in Palos Heights.
Inside Al Basha, a family-friendly eatery, guests flanked by warm-toned walls, green plants, and intricate tapestries explore a menu of Mediterranean delights. Meals touch down to the fanfare of hummus with meat ($9.95), which piles tender morsels of seasoned beef over smooth hummus, served with warm pita bread for scooping, dipping, and do-si-doing. The chicken shawarma ($5.95) packs marinated and rotisserie-grilled chicken breast into a pita with onions, tomatoes, pickles, and spices, and cracked wheat cracks alongside tomatoes, onions, and parsley in the tabbouleh salad ($5.95). Meat eaters can scout out kefta kebab plates ($13.95) and grilled lamb chops ($16.95) to soothe rampant appetites before capping off meals with a cup of arabian coffee ($4) served from a genie's timeshare.
Al Basha Restaurant
Al Basha corrals an eye-catching lineup of Mediterranean platters onto its menu and buffet tables, spicing palates with rotisserie-cooked meats adorned with signature seasoning. Kebab spears can lift bites of shrimp, lamb, and filet mignon into mouths or tuck them under fedora brims for later snacking, while sandwiches carry a classic cargo of falafel and shawarma. The staff prepares piping sips of authentic Middle Eastern tea with mint or sage, as well as all-natural smoothies and a daily-dessert selection.