Went to Noc Noc for their beer week event tonight (Speakeasy's Ritual Coffee Porter=incredible), and needed some food afterwards. Decided to check out the new Palmyra, which replaced the Burger Joint at Haight and Pierce. After noticing some not too commonly seen dishes, I started chatting with the owner. It's a family-run business with two brothers doing most of the work (their mom coms in in the morning and does prep work). Their kibbeh is the real thing - almost as good as my grandmother's - as is the mujadara and the hummus.
Wanting to try something different, I got the "Mediterranean Burger", which is basically just a "kibbeh patty" with the usual burger fixings. Excellent taste, and great value at $4.95. I asked about some more dishes that I was hoping for, some of which he said were better suited for home-cooking (the reason why my grandmother never opened a restaurant), like lebeneya (a labor-intensive kibbeh-yogurt soup). He did mention that they were going to start doing monthly specials, and that the first would be koosa, an incredible stuffed squash dish that I've never seen offered at restaurants, and MAYBE kibbeh naya ("kibbeh tartare"), but was naturally reluctant to do so.
While there are many great middle eastern restaurants in the Bay Area, this is the first one I've seen which is specifically Syrian. They're open every day something crazy like 7am-12am; they even offer some Syrian breakfast items which I was not familiar with but would love to check out.
Extremely nice people too, they take a lot of pride in what they do and love talking to their customers.
557 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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