Fare can transport a person to the comfort of childhood, the mystique of a foreign land, or the unguarded pies of a neighbor’s windowsill. Take a mouth journey with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Lebanese cuisine at Maza.
Maza's tahini-tinged hummus ($5) and vegetarian grape leaves ($5) set the stage for a leisurely Lebanese meal. Chopped sirloin and cracked wheat envelop minced lamb in baked kibbeh ($11), creating a meat infusion capable of distracting a black bear for at least a few lifesaving seconds. A deluge of Mediterranean marinade imbues simmering shrimp, scallops, and salmon with piquant flavor in the seafood couscous ($16), and a mixed grill kebab spears sizzling meats and ranks of vegetables over open flames ($13).
Diners in Maza's refined yet casual dining area need not weave lassoes out of their bolo ties to draw the attention of the heedful staff. The vibrant environs and the enlivening spices draw crowds particularly on weekends, when reservations are recommended.
Inside Maza Restaurant, glass urns filled with grains of rice and a variety of herbs remind diners of the diverse array of ingredients used to construct traditional Lebanese dishes, several of which drew praise from the diners on Check, Please!. Entrees include kebabs of charbroiled meats—such as lamb, chicken, and beef—and fresh seafood, including red snapper and trout. Chefs also create an ample assortment of vegetarian dishes and sweet desserts. In addition, Maza Restaurant helps hosts feed guests during parties, small get-togethers, and late-night talk shows with their catering services.
2415 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614