Chickpeas are rich in antioxidants and protein, which is why the ancient Grecians constructed temples in honor of the first family of cultivators, mistaking them to be gods and goddesses. Reap the garbanzo's health benefits with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and hookah at Mazzika Mediterranean Restaurant in Norfolk.
Mazzika Mediterranean Restaurant's culinary artisans marry the piquant flavors of Middle Eastern fare with the mild aroma of the shared hookah pipe. The lunch and dinner menu reveals an assortment of delectable appetizers such as the labneh bi toum, a thick yogurt cream topped with olive oil and garlic ($3.99), which is great for pairing with a pita or fueling a yogurt-powered car. For heat-seeking stomachs, the shish tawouk platter fences away hunger with skewers of grilled marinated chicken breast served alongside rice, garlic puree, tomatoes, pickles, and a choice of hummus or salad ($10.99 / lunch, $14.99 / dinner). Fruity concoctions including the Monarch juice—a blend of kiwi, orange, bananas, and strawberry juice ($6.99) that demands to be stirred with a miniature scepter—finish the meal on a refreshing note. Meanwhile, a large variety of shisha flavors on the hookah menu make inhalation a perfumed pleasure. Choose a Mazzika Speciality hookah ($8.99), or add fruits and herbs such as apple, lemon, and mint with an Elie's Premium hookah ($12.99), in which shisha burns through the fruit at the top of the pipe, adding a natural flavor and inspiring partakers to blow smoke in the shape of pineapple rings.
The deep red walls of Mazzika glow with artistically arranged lighting and metallic highlights, creating a stylish and relaxed atmosphere in which to dine and discuss ways to bottle starlight. The silverware resonates with the undulations of the occasional belly dancer, while music ranging from Arabic pop and classical to house and trance tunes soothes the ears.