Deep Ellum News
Acclaimed Israeli pita concept to debut in Texas in former Postino Dallas
There's an exciting new concept coming to Dallas' Deep Ellum from an internationally acclaimed chef: Called Miznon, it's an Israeli restaurant chain created by chef Eyal Shani which specializes in innovative Mediterranean street food, and it's opening in the fall in the former Postino space at 2639 Main St.
Shani is hailed as one of the leading figures in Israeli's culinary scene, starring in the TV series Food for Thought and appearing as a judge on Israeli Master Chef. His company The Good People Group operates more than 40 restaurants around the world.
He opened the first Miznon in Tel Aviv in 2011, and the first U.S. location opened in New York in 2018.
The restaurant strives to duplicate Tel Aviv’s vibrant street food scene with fresh food and a lively atmosphere.
Centered on pita sandwiches, using a special pita crafted for Miznon by Israel’s Angel Bakeries, the menu is very veg-friendly. "We take the energy, the groove, the desires, the limitations, the beauty and the food and express it all in one pita," they say.
Pita sandwiches include:
- Cauliflower & tahini
- Falafel Burger
- Fried egg
- Steak & Tahini
- Steak & Egg
- Cheese Burger in a Pita
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Lamb Kebab
- Fish & Chips Pita
But Shani is credited with and probably most famous for having originated the roasted whole cauliflower, earning headlines such as "How an Israeli Chef's Cauliflower Recipe Took Over the World."
His technique, which involves first boiling the whole cauliflower head, then massaging it with olive oil and sprinkling with coarse sea salt, has been tried by pretty much every food blogger on the internet, and is now on the menu at numerous restaurants. Roasted whole cauliflower may now be everywhere, but Shani was reportedly first.
Other intriguing plates include Masabaha Lima Beans with tahini and hard boiled egg; Beef Stew; and Lamb Kebab Plate. There are vegetable options such as a baked potato and a sweet potato, and desserts include Caramelized Banana Trails and Malabi with strawberry perfume and pistachios.
Prices are affordable, topping out at $24 for the Lamb Kebab Plate, with pita sandwiches ranging from $14 to $19.
Bringing the concept to Dallas is Jude Akpunku, an entrepreneur, ex-football player, and author of a book called The Dangers of A Single Story which documents biases between African Immigrants and African Americans.
Akpunku says that he and his team anticipate opening in mid-fall, possibly October.