International eating isn’t a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer ask you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Experience other cultures conveniently with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean fare and drinks at Taz Restaurant, located on Governors Way.
Taz’s menu of authentic Mediterranean cuisine serves up classic Middle Eastern eats in the heart of the Midwest. Start off with an order of creamy hummus, served with a warm pita ($4.95), or take a pita swimming in a sea of flavorful baba ghanoush, a smoky dip made from roasted eggplant ($4.95). After training taste buds with an appetizer, unleash them on a tender chicken kebab sandwich, served with a veggie-stuffed pita ($5.25), or the herbivore-friendly falafel sandwich ($4.25). Classic Mediterranean gyros lure diners with a siren's song of cucumber sauce, diced tomato, and herbs (7” $4.95, 8” $5.50). A wide variety of teas, such as yansoon, green, and sage ($1.50), as well as fresh juices made with guavas and mangoes ($2.50), wash down the sunny Levantine flavors and cleanse palates of freeloading genies.
The lunch buffet (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, $8.95) offers indecisive or very decisive eaters a rotating banquet of greek salad, hummus, grape leaves, chicken kebab, kofta kebab, gyros, and falafels, and the weekend dinner buffet (6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m.–8 p.m. on Sundays, $14.95) sates owls, vampires, and other nocturnal noshers with plate-piling provender.