Though I've never had cigaret borek before, there can't possibly be a better version.
Thin crackly phyllo is wrapped around a soft warm filling of feta cheese mixed with parsley. The cigar-shaped snack is deep-fried. There are four in an order These are something to eat immediately. It took A LOT of will-power because these were soooo delicious, but I saved one for home to see what it was like cold. Still tasty, but the crackle and ooze was gone.
This is a lovely, modern kebab and gyro shop. The skewers of kabobs displayed in a cooler look like something you'd see at Cafe Rouge. Just stellar-fresh and beautiful.
The prices are a little high and I didn't want to commit to a gyro or kebab without reading up a little more about the restaurant. After eating the cigaret borek, if I wasn't in such a rush, I would have went back.
The usual starters and dips ... hummus, babaganoush, mast o sir, dolma, spanakopia. The last is $4.25 and everything else is $3.95
There's a soup of the day ($4.50)
Salads served with pita bread include Greek, Tabbouleh, Couscous, House, Spinach, Caesar and Fruit. Prices run from $4.95 - $7.95. Add chicken or beef gyro to any salad for $3. The fruit salad is one of the freshest I've seen in quite a while.
Wraps include lamb & beef gyros, chicken gyros, adana kebob, kofta, falafel and vegetarian. Prices run from $5.50 - $6.95. The adana kebobs on display, waiting to be cooked, looked impressive on long, flat sword-like skewars.
Prices for plates which include a side and pita range from $9.95 to $11.95 and include chicken gyro, lamb & beef gyro, moussaka, adana kebob, beyti kabob, Alexander's Favorite and shish kebobs (chicken, lamb and salmon).
Beyti kabob is skewered ground beef wrapped in a lavash with tomato, sauce & yogurt. Alexander's Favorite is thin-sliced marinated lamb & beef gyro with bread cubes in fresh tomato sauce and yogurt. Combo platters are available.
House-made desserts ($3.95) include kurdish baklava (pistachios & their own syrup), ice cream & rice pudding.
There's some average bottle beers & wines available.
The cigaret borek ($4.50) was one of three daily specials written on a white board. Something else had pine nuts and other delicious ingrediants in it.
I was tempted to order a gyro when watching the large slices of lamb being carved up in the kitchen. Orders are placed at the counter, you are given a number and the food is brought to the table. There are a few sidewalk tables.
This really is a class operation that is getting favorable mention elsewhere on the web. Seems like a great non-fancy option if going to the symphony or eating near City Hall.
Hayes and Kebab has been open for three months.
More about borek
Hayes & Kebab
406 Hayes St (@ Gough)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Sun -Thu 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11:00 a.m .-11:00 p.m.