★★★★ This is a new inexpensive hole-in-the-wall Iraqi restaurant serving halal Middle Eastern cuisine, including: fried chicken, kababs (beef, beef/lamb), tikka (chicken or beef), shawarma (chicken and beef), falafel, and hamburgers. Staff assured this reviewer that the entire menu is halal. Decorations and furnishings are sparse (though the Dr. Pepper wall clock is retro-chic) with 4 tables seating up to 16 people. On street parking is available, though you should leave your 300SL Gullwing at home. This reviewer has been to Nihad twice.
The excellent falafel sandwich contains crispy small falafel and fried eggplant, topped with a choice of tomatoes/lettuce/cucumber/green pepper/onions in a fresh roll. Be sure to try it with the spicy/sour amba sauce. At $2.99 this sandwich is a terrific value.
The kababs (beef and beef/lamb) are very good, and a kabab sandwich runs just $3.99. The chicken shawarma in pita bread sandwich (4.99) was decent but unremarkable. For these sandwiches, the bread and meat were very good, but the unimaginative toppings and sauces (mayonnaise, hot sauce, barbecue sauce) kept them from being memorable.
This is a very good Middle-Eastern restaurant for an inexpensive, quick lunch or dinner. Hopefully, they will continue to expand their menu. Posted on March 7, 2014