Years ago, I was introduced to a fabulous little family owned restaurant called Mumtaz, located in Lafayette, Colorado. I have been going there ever since, and it is most definitely one of my favorite restaurants around. Mumtaz’ menu is all delicious Mediterranean food, with a Lebanese flair. Everything is fresh and is made in house daily. It is truly a family affiar, and everything is made with the most important ingredient that goes into any dish, LOVE. The baklava is made fresh daily by Grandma, and is the best baklava I have ever tasted. The owner and operator, Hiam Jamell, or MO, as he prefers to go by, is always at the helm, and is often on the grill cooking. I do not get a chance to go to Mumtaz as often as I would like, however, every time I do get a chance to go, Mo is always there with a big friendly hello and a warm, welcoming smile. All of the food at Mumtaz is fabulous, but my favorite is the gyro. It is loaded with lots of fresh lettuce, tomatoes and tsaziki sauce, and a very generous amount of delicious gyro meat. You can get it with or without feta cheese as well. Aside from fantastic gyros, Mumtaz also offers homemade falafels, kefta, dolmas and mezza, among many other delectable dishes.
My dear friend Priscilla and I had a rare opportunity for a lunch get together yesterday, and I introduced her to the deliciousness of Mumtaz. She too is now a fan, but then how could anyone not be.
This beautiful mural makes you feel as though you are dining right on the Mediterranean Coast and takes you far, far away, even if only for a short little bit of time.
Felicia smiling in front of the dessert case, filled with the best baklava around.
Making everything fresh and delicious.
Enjoying the best gyro you can find.
Grandma’s baklava for dessert.
As I have said many, many times, spending time with great friends and enjoying good food are the best things in life. So enjoy! Mangia!
*** Mumtaz is located at 588 N. US HWY 287, ste 100, Lafayette, CO. You can contact them at (303) 926-1400 or check out their website at http://www.mumtazfood.com.