Zam Zamz Mediterranean Grill is Kind of a Miracle
If you didn’t know to look for Zam Zamz Mediterranean Grill, you might not find it. The restaurant, with its unassuming facade, is in a shopping center in front of a shopping center across from a shopping center near Winchester and Bill Morris Parkway.
Why is it a miracle? First, it’s unusual that a family-owned restaurant would be hidden amongst a Wingstop, Genghis Grill, Cheddar’s, and an Olive Garden (the TGIFridays and Logan’s Roadhouse are across the street). Second, the food is very tasty and authentic, most of it is healthy, and nearly everything on the menu is under $10. A few of the platters with kebobs and sides are about $15.
Finally, when I call Zam Zamz a miracle, I’m also referring to its name. “Zamzam” is the name of a well near Mecca in Saudi Arabia that’s considered holy because it’s never run out of water. So there’s some trivia for you.
The restaurant’s interior is clean and nice, but nothing fancy. There are plenty of tables, very appetizing photos of menu items (I know for a fact these are pictures of Zam Zams’ actual food), and a counter where you place your order.
My boss Bob and I stopped by in late afternoon, between dinner and lunch, so for the most part, we had the place to ourselves.
The cones of meat are slowly, delicious twilring right behind the counter. You can order the usual Mediterranean/Greek fare like chicken shawarma, gryos, falafel, lamb, hummus, kabobs, baba ghanoush, Greek salad, tabbouleh, and baklava.
Tabbouleh is a salad-like dish made of chopped parsely and mint, bulgar, tomatoes, and seasonings. It has strong, sort of bitter flavor that I liked – but I liked it even better when I put it in my chicken pita. I don’t know if that’s a blasphemous way to eat tabbouleh, but it worked for me.
The falafel was excellent.
This is the lamb pita. The portions were plentiful, and even though I was absolutely starving, I had to take part of my chicken pita home with me.
Baba ghanoush is an eggplant dip. At Zam Zamz they serve it with addicting pita crisps.
Zam Zamz has been open for about seven months. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. They don’t serve alcohol, but they do have a “happy hour” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, where a pita wrap and a side salad is just $4.99.
Zam Zamz Mediterannean Grill
7706 Winchester Road, Suite 108
(901) 509 – 2960