The falafel truth: How will Shish Kabob Grill stack up?

When you go to a restaurant you've never visited before, you never know quite what you'll find. Even if you've pulled up the menu on Yelp during the drive over, you're likely in for a surprise since those menus can be out of date. Middle Eastern restaurants are different, however. No matter where you go, it seems you find identical fare: hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush, kabobs, etc. See also: - Mecca Grill: Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 2012 - Shish Kabob Grill: Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 2011 - Phoenician Kabob: Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 2010

But just because restaurants are serving the same dishes doesn't mean the flavors are the same. (Sorry to state the obvious, but you never know who's triple-tasking and missed that last point.)

Mecca Grill, Phoenician Kabob, House of Kabob and Ya Hala Grill have all grabbed "Best Middle Eastern" honors in Westword's Best of Denver issues in recent years, and none of them whip up a batch of hummus or fry a ball of falafel quite the same way. I'd never tried Shish Kabob Grill, the 2011 winner, and decided it was time to see how that spot measures up.

Check back tomorrow for my review of Shish Kabob Grill.


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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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