Shish is a bargain of a quick-serving Mediterranean deli and counter-service restaurant perched in the heart of Macalester's part of Grand Avenue, but the real plates, real furniture, and prettily decorated restaurant make it feel more posh than penny-pinching. The Shish Maza plate is a must: Order it and you get the restaurant's beautiful hummus, a weighty, toasty, thickly creamy rendition served glossed with olive oil and sprinkled with good paprika, as well as a scoop of brightly minty and lively tabbouli, freshly shredded baba ghanoush, a trio of roasty falafel balls made a little nutty by a batter made with a good number of sesame seeds which crisp beautifully on the outside. The plate is further loaded up with squares of feta cheese, good olives, tomatoes, and lettuce, and served with a big basket of pita bread. It makes a hearty appetizer for two, or dinner for one. Heartier shish-kabob plates come with your choice of meat, like lamb, kefta (ground beef and spices), chicken, or vegetables, and are served supper-club style with everything included.
Delivery, Outdoor Dining, Takeout