If you've been searching for the best Lebanese food in town, you're getting "shawarma." In fact, if you go to Skaf's, you've hit the spot.
Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine is not just a good Middle Eastern restaurant. It has just made it to my Top 10 list of favorite Glendale restaurants. They take great pride in preparing their fresh, flavorful dishes, and the prices are reasonable.
How does Lebanese food differ from other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare? It's all in the spices. Armenian, Persian and Greek restaurants all have kebabs and hummus. But what makes Lebanese food stand out are the complex seasonings like sumac and cinnamon, cloves and fenugreek, as well as flavors like pine nuts and pomegranates. And at Skaf's they're handled with care.
Their chicken shawarma is formidable. Sliced off a vertical broiler of stacked, marinated chicken, the succulent, garlic-infused pieces invigorate your mouth with a litany of spices before going down in a satisfying blaze of glory. I got mine on top of a Fattoush Salad ($6.95 plus $4.95 for the chicken) and it was a sprightly, crunchy, fresh bed for my poultry.