Friday, April 08, 2011

Friday Night Photos: Two Lunches at Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine in Salt Lake City

Start your meal at Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine with Hummus, Baba Ganooj, and Muhamara.

For many years I've been a fan of Mazza Middle Eastern Cuisine in Salt Lake City.  They started with a small self-serve cafe in the 15th and 15th neighborhood, close to fun destinations like The King's English Bookshop and Fresco Italian Cafe.  Then a few years ago the second location opened in a beautiful space in the 9th and 9th shopping district.  Mazza is one of my favorite places  for lunch with friends, and I had lunch there months ago with Dara from Cookin' Canuck and took a few photos.  Then this week I went there again with Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and took a few more photos.  You'd think I now have a wide variety of dishes to show you, wouldn't you?

Well, actually I ordered the same thing both times, and Dara and Maria both ordered the same thing.  It is interesting to see the differences in the photos though, due to different cameras, lenses, and light conditions.  If you're a fan of Mazza, what would you have ordered if you'd been having lunch with us?

When I went with Dara I ordered my favorite Schwarma Platter and took this photo.  Judging from the photo, it may have been one of those gray winter days Salt Lake struggles with.

Dara ordered the Falafel in Pita Bread, and we were having so much fun talking that she had a couple of bites before I realized I hadn't taken a photo! 

When I went with Maria, once again I ordered my favorite Schwarma Platter.  It was a nice bright spring day, plus I used a different camera and lens to get a better photo this time.

And I was a little more on the ball to capture the Falafel in Pita Bread before Maria started eating it!

I love everything about Mazza, and it's a restaurant where I've never had a bad meal.  And I actually have tried a few different things on the menu, even though I have a hard time passing up the Schwarma Platter!

Mazza Middle Eastern Cafe
Middle Eastern Foods, including Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free choices
515 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
912 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105  
Menu

Blogger Disclosure:  
No one at Mazza knew that I was a food blogger, and we paid for our own lunch.   I don't do formal restaurant reviews, but occasionally I like to share photos of places where I've had great meals.  You can read about some other places I've enjoyed in Salt Lake City Restaurants, Restaurants in Utah Cities, and Restaurants in U.S. Cities.

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24 comments:

  1. Mazza is one of my favorite places in SLC. I've never had a bad meal. I am glad we were able to meet for lunch. Great photos! I really am jealous of your camera lens:)

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  2. Maria, I agree about never having a bad meal there. I do love that lens! I'm happy I took the plunge and bought it.

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  3. Those dishes look amazing! I'm just starting to try those types of dishes and so far I love what I have tasted. Great pics!

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  4. I usually get one of their sampler plates so I don't have to choose one thing, but I also love the maghmoor (eggplant, chickpeas,onions,tomatoes).

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  5. Looks and sounds like a really fun time! How wonderful that you all live close to each other and can get together for lunch. :-) The photos are terrific as always, but very cool on the new lens!

    Shirley

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  6. Julie, Maghmoor sounds like a dish I really need to try.

    Shirley, I've actually had the lens for quite a while, just don't usually take it to restaurants. It did make quite a difference.

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  7. After such a rave review I really need to visit Mazza!

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  8. Barbara, I could seriously eat there once a week; it's fabulous.

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  9. I enjoyed the photos with the second choice of lens and by the way what lens and camera do you use? I am new to your blog so i do not know
    Thanks
    GARY

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  10. Hi Gary, I take most of my photos with a Canon 40D using a 24-70mm 2.8 Canon lens. I talk a little more about this in frequently asked questions if you want to read more.

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  11. I love this kind of food, with falafel and hummus! yummy.

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  12. Dina, me too! My family reminds me sometimes that "not everyone loves Middle Eastern food as much as you do!"

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  13. I'm definitely going to have to try this place next time I come to visit my family. Reading their menu made my mouth water!

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  14. You'll definitely enjoy it. The 9th and 9th location is a bit fancier but both have great food!

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  15. I had to laugh. Kind of like at our house. I run around taking pictures of the food while my husband salivates and waits patiently. "Can we eat dinner now, Honey?" Food looks yummy delicious. Thanks for the pics.

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  16. Chris, sometimes I don't take restaurant photos because I don't want to bug my friends, but other food bloggers are pretty understanding!

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  17. I love Mazza and enjoy eating at either location. However, the one next to King's English gets frequented more often. The owner of Mazza is very supportive om my favorite organization, Slow Food Utah (SFU). He has been a guest chef at SFU Feast of Five Senses with other top chefs in SLC. It's great to support a local, independent restaurant.

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  18. Jane, I agree completely. And I've met him a couple of times and found him to be very nice.

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  19. I've never been to Mazza, but I'm at the King's English pretty regularly for book signings. I guess I'm going to have to try it out when I'm up there next!

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  20. Emily if you like this type of food you're going to love Mazza!

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  21. Thanks for sharing, Kalyn. Even though I live almost 2K miles away, I always appreciate a generous array of Middle Eastern dishes that make all dining lifestyles happy.

    Love those starters! A very tempting shot.

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  22. Susan, if you ever come to Salt Lake I would love to take you there!

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  23. Made a note for when we're there (briefly) in June. Thanks!

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  24. Koos, if you like this type of food you'll love it!

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