Just opened: Olives & Pitas

For a long time, Syed Jillani has talked about putting in a new restaurant in the space at 756 N. Tyler adjacent to his fabulous Indian place, Kababs. It formerly held Red Mesa (may it and its amazing salsa and cilantro pesto enchiladas rest in peace) and anyone who visited Kebabs and needed to use the restroom traipsed through it on the way.

Last week, he opened Olives & Pitas in the space. (As my friend, Katie, said, “Now we finally know what the … meant after Kababs. Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa)

It’s a Mediterranean restaurant that features various chef stations where customers can choose toppings for their shwarma or flatbread pizzas. The menu, which also includes items such as sandwiches, salads and hummus, can be seen here.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-351-7709.

Kababs new summer menu

My favorite Indian restaurant that I never remember to go to is Kababs at 756 N. Tyler.

It has an amazingly fabulous lunch buffet, and the dinner is even better. This summer, owner Syed Jillani has added some things to the menu, including a lamb kabab and a create-your-own mixed kabab platter. New dessert items include rice pudding and a Sawaiyan roasted vermicelli pudding. He’s also added a veggie tikka Masala

The daily lunch buffet also will feature some new items, including turnip masala,   okra masala, eggplant masala, chicken or veggies biryani and more.

Want to drool over the summer menu? Me too. Follow this link.

For more information, call 316-351-7777.

Guilty as charged

kebabsI get e-mails of complaint on a fairly regular basis because — hey — you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Recently, I got a pretty good one from Mike Rediger that makes me laugh every time I read it.

He was commenting on my recent review of Kababs, an Indian restaurant out west. And he got me.

Here’s the text of the e-mail.

Regarding your article about Kababs, I found the Ambience note incredibly insightful:
“The interior is small but cozy and well-decorated, WITH A MIX OF TABLES AND CHAIRS.”
I would venture to guess that most every restaurant you review has a mix of tables and chairs.  I would hate to see a restaurant that had chairs but no tables, or tables but no chairs!

Of course I meant to say tables and booths, or some variation of it, but when you’re on your 145th “ambience” note of your career, sometimes your brain goes on autopilot.

I thank Mr. Rediger for his astute attention — and dry sense of critical humor.

Restaurant review sneak peek: Kababs

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

Tandoori chicken kabab at Kababs.

You know the drill: The Wednesday before a restaurant review is published in the Go! section, loyal blog and newsletter readers get to see it early.

This week, I’m visiting Kababs, a fabulous new Indian restaurant on the west side that serves some of the best Indian/Pakistani food in town. That’s why I gave it 3 1/2 forks out of four.

Anyone else been there? Chime in with your review in the comments section below.

Kababs… now open

Syed Jillani, the owner of Kabab..., prepares to cook tandoori chicken in his clay oven.

Syed Jillani, the owner of Kababs..., prepares to cook tandoori chicken in his clay oven.

Kababs… (they added the ellipses, not me) is a new Indian/Pakistani restaurant that recently opened in the former Red Mesa Grill space at 756 N. Tyler.

Owner Syed Jillani is giving the west side something it needs, namely chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, curry dishes, fresh-made naan and more. Kababs… also serves kababs, with or without ellipses.

The restaurant will serve a $7.99 weekday lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and for $9.99 on Saturdays and Sundays. They reopen for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-351-7777.