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Berkeley: My first meal of the new year / decade - kabob at Middle East Market

rworange | Jan 1, 201005:38 PM

Middle East Market is baking bread every day now and has added a small restaurant area near the kitchen at the back of the store. There are three tables.

Currently they only have kabobs - chicken, ground beef/lamb and vegetable. $4

The kabob, grilled tomato, 1/4 fresh red onion, fresh basil leaves and fresh cilantro are placed on a large thin piece of lavash and covered with another sheet of lavash. There are shakers of sumac. A large silver urn of complementary tea is available.

The three ladies at the large six seat table were tearing off pieces of lavosh to pick up pieces of kebob, veggies and herbs.

I got the ground beef/lamb kebob to go. They even have special cookie sheet aluminum take-out containers the size of the flat lavash.

I decided to cut the kebab in half and make two large wraps stuffed with savory meat, onion, juicy charred tomatoes and fresh herbs. Delicious

While I was in the market, they were in the process of mixing up the meat for the kabobs.

This is a really nice, neat market. They had Persion ice cream from Aram bakery in San Jose in the freezer case.

The reason I stopped was to buy some bread after reading this report

fresh baked Irani flat bread on San Pablo AVe

Unfortunately they didn't bake bread today because of the holiday.They had some day-old bread which looked very nice but I'm holding out for fresh baked bread.

I decided to walk around the market to see what they had. That's when I saw the ladies tucking into those tasty-looking kabobs.

It was a promising start food-wise for the new year.

Middle East Market
2054 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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