ZK Grill

Have you tried ZK Grill yet? That stands for Zaytoon Kabob Bistro. It’s a great fast-casual option for a delicious Mediterranean meal.


ZK Grill has some delicious and authentic Mediterranean food that is sure to satisfy!


Entrees are also huge, and come with rice and a big salad. Our dishes came with almost a half-head of lettuce!

I ordered the lamb and beef platter, and definitely enjoyed myself. The lamb filet slices were perfectly cooked. They were not overdone in any way, and tasted really fresh.


I’ve also really enjoyed their hummus dishes on previous visits. The other thing that’s really good is the gyro meat. Absolutely delicious!


ZK Grill recently underwent a pretty big remodel and transformation. They have new seating and artwork. Definitely give it a try if you’re looking for either take-out or dine-in. Enjoy!


Getting there

Located on Tatum Blvd. north of Thunderbird.

Greenway & Tatum Center
4757 E. Greenway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 354-3663

Pita Jungle

I go to Pita Jungle for the delicious beef gyro, and for the superb turkey wraps. By far, Pita Jungle wins the award for one of the best gyro’s in the valley. I’ve tried gyro’s from at least a dozen other Mediterranean restaurants in Phoenix and nothing ever compares with the one at Pita Jungle.

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One of my other favorite dishes is the Wood FiredĀ Chicken entree. Served over a bed of mashed potatoes, spinach, and diced tomatoes, this is one of my comfort foods.

The Chicken del Sol is another favorite: They serve chicken diced over tomatoes, beans, and veggies. Then, they circle the plate with a “sun shaped” set of pita bread.

There are so many amazing dishes at Pita Jungle. You could definitely call this a Mediterranean restaurant, but it also has so many vegetarian options, too.

Pita Jungle usually has beautiful patios, and they sell wine and beer as well as smoothies.

Pita Jungle also has a fairly extensive kids’ menu which we’ve ordered from quite a bit for our daughter.

Pita Jungle most assuredly qualifies as a local-chain at this point, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share this local favorite with my readers.

Pita Jungle is a Phoenix-based restaurant chain with locations all across the valley. I’ve personally been to most of the locations, including those in Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, and Desert Ridge.

What makes Pita Jungle magical is their consistently good food, absolutely fresh ingredients, and relaxed familiar staff. Their wait-staff and cooks are so very friendly, and they are always able to answer whatever question I have about the menu.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

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I ordered the Gyro Platter and the Chicken Platter. Both came with sides like rice, salad, and assorted veggies. I’ve also ordered the chips, which were pretty awesome! The food was really fresh, with awesome flavors and quality ingredients.

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Garbanzo is a new fast-casual mediterranean restaurant in the style of Chipotle. While there are many menu items, most people choose from the options and have someone build their plate.

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I had a chance recently to check out the new Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill across from Paradise Valley Mall. It’s located on the south side of Cactus Rd. halfway between Tatum Blvd. and Paradise Village Parkway.

Garbanzo is technically a chain. They have locations in California, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, and Texas at this time. In Arizona, they have locations at Desert Ridge and Paradise Valley Mall.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 397-9510

4575 E. Cactus Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(480) 351-2497