Places to Gill Out: Izgara Express

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Printed with permission from S. Daryanani Izgara Express, located in the Turtle Run Plaza, is only 11 minutes from NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

Izgara Express is a great place to go for a tasty bite off campus. If you’re searching for a place to devour some delicious Mediterranean food, look no further than this eatery located in Plantation only 11 minutes away from NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. With fresh Mediterranean food, friendly prices, incredible service and a relaxing environment to visit with your family or friends, Izgara Express should be on your list of favorites. This place is a casual restaurant and has a healthier menu, catering to everyone from picky eaters to vegetarians and vegans.

Printed with permission from S. Daryanani One of my favorite dishes is the shawarma trio which features chicken, beef and falafel with a side of french fries.
Printed with permission from S. Daryanani
One of my favorite dishes is the shawarma trio which features chicken, beef and falafel with a side of french fries.

The main menu stays the same for lunch and dinner. However, the specials vary every other day. My favorite special is the mouth-watering shrimp shawarma with the special “Izgara Sauce” — a secret ingredient used in most of their foods, giving their dishes a unique taste in every bite. I usually order the Falafel Pita or the vegetarian shawarma. Those dishes are the tastiest things on the menu.

If you are trying to eat on the healthier side, this restaurant is the right choice for you. The Izgara House Salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, corn salad with a light tahini and lemon dressing is absolutely delicious. Their hummus — a thick spread of ground chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic — paired with the grilled pita bread is also a popular dish at the restaurant. They also offer a vegetarian pita with eggplant, Israeli salad and hummus tahini.

People are drawn to this restaurant by not only their great, fresh food but also the calming atmosphere and soothing music that is always playing. If you can’t dine in, Izgara Express also works with Uber Eats and Grub Hub for food deliveries so you’ll never have to miss out. Izgara Express also offers a 10 percent NSU discount, which makes the already price-friendly restaurant even friendlier.

Izgara Express
1251 S. Pine Island Road

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324

Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Izgara Express is closed on Sundays


$10 – $18

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