While we think every kitchen needs a mama in it, who can whip up homemade Middle Eastern and Mediterranean classics, for now we're happy with SanabelS. This newly opened Addison eatery and hookah bar is becoming a neighborhood favorite for good reason.Dallas traffic: no doubt about it, it's not that cool. One way to make it better, though, is to steer your vehicle toward Addison, where you'll find the only restaurant in the region where you can order up one of the most awesome plates of hummus in town and puff on a hookah at the same time. Next to taking a nap on a magic cloud somewhere, which is, y'know, impossible, this is pretty much the best way to relax ever. And, as noted, the tastiest.
"The recipes are all mama's," said Naser, who runs this aromatic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean retreat with, basically, his whole family. If he's not there, you'll probably come across his sister or brother. And while they keep the front-of-house cool by running a great weeknight happy hour and offering diverse late-night weekend entertainment, it's the aforementioned mama in the kitchen who makes this place a bona fide neighborhood favorite. "She makes everything from scratch," said Naser. "The specialities are the grilled kabobs." Composed of succulent hunks of beef, lamb, chicken, shrimp or veggies, the spice mixture may be a secret but that fact that these made our taste buds belly-dance with joy is not. Other crowd favorites include the SanabelS Mazza platter, which offers a sampling of just about everything on the appetizer menu, and the lentil soup. "People really love that one when it's a bit chilly out," said Naser. Pfft, sun be darned. We'll order this soup all summer—it's that good.
SanabelS Mazza Platter, $14.99
Lamb Shish Kabob Dinner, $14.99
Knafeh Dessert, $7.99
BYOB, $5 fee per person
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, noon to midnight