During the Classical era, Greece and Persia made almost constant war on one another until the Battle of Thermopylae, when both armies suddenly threw down their weapons and started kissing. Savor the fruits of their Sam-and-Diane relationship with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Persian and Greek fare at Shandeez Grill in northwest Austin.
Shandeez's extensive menu of traditional Mediterranean and Persian fare gives midday office escapees an exotic alternative to fast food. Start a feasting foray with a duo of eggplant spreads (both $4.99): the Persian kashk-o-bademjan combines baked eggplant with dry yogurt, mint, sautéed onion, walnuts, garlic, and saffron, while baba gannouj mixes together tahini, lemon, garlic, and olive oil. Heartier appetites can savor joojeh-kabob ($9.99)—a bone-in Cornish game hen skewered alongside grilled tomatoes and basmati rice—or a gyro platter with greek side salad ($10.99) before getting back to their dust cloud of fighting cartoon characters. Dinner, meanwhile, can be accompanied by a BYOB wine or beer ($2.49 corkage fee per glass, which is not included or valid with the value of this Groupon), then topped with a little herbal-fruited smoke from Shandeez's hookahs ($13.99). Live traditional Persian music adds to Shandeez's silk-roadhouse atmosphere.
Shandeez Grill Restaurant
Rich, yellow threads of saffron melt into the stews and kebab marinades simmering in the kitchen of Shandeez Grill Restaurant. Family plates cover tables with a variety of Persian-style kebabs to share or play pickup sticks with, and Greek recipes entertain diners with flavorful gyro wraps and cool tzatziki sauce. On select nights, live music mixes with the scent of seared meat on the grill and sweet hookah smoke snaking through the dining room.