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New suggestions for shawerma in San Francisco?


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New suggestions for shawerma in San Francisco?

jflesh | | Jun 27, 2006 03:48 AM

I've been consistently disappointed in the San Francisco shawerma offerings, and am interested in additional recommendations within the city. The Truly Med on 16th is passable and fresh tasting, but both the chicken and the lamb shawerma always seem bland and underseasoned, with too much acidity from onion. Surely not the "Best of the Bay", despite the Guardian's claim some years back... Valencia Ali Baba's is even less appealing -- bland and soaking wet with tahini (a huge shame given that I live just a block away). Have also tried Joe's on 24th, which offers many fine and simple sandwiches, though the shawerma was less impressive. Visitted some place in the Sunset but can't recall the name. Minimal decor and a largely Arab-speaking clientele, but the chicken shawerma failed to excite (recall it being very lemony, but this was a couple years ago). And Blue Front on Haight St is now offering a chicken shawerma, but after trying it once, I prefer their "chicken gyro", which is shawerma-like and comes with good garlicky yogurt.
Their "shawerma" offering was dry and stringy.

But none of these options has left any lasting positive impression.
And I know shawerma can be some much better. Have thoroughly enjoyed both Zankou and Marouch in Los Angeles, and Phoenicia in suburban Houston, and I can't believe SF doesn't have a competetive shawerma offering.

Glanced over some earlier threads and am encouraged by the
comments on "Goood Frikin' Chicken" on Mission / 30th, even though
I would not immediately associate shawerma with a restaurant of that name. Any additional comments on this place, particularly the shawerma?

And if anyone has additional suggestions for shawerma within
San Francisco, I'd be very interested to hear them. Feel like
I'm running out of options...


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