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Mick Ruthven | Jun 13, 200607:07 PM     9

I had lunch at the new Falafel Hut in downtown San Rafael on Saturday, and had the beef and lamb Shawarma ($6.95 as I recall). I expected to really like it, and I watched the top half of the kitchen staff (the half above the counter in my field of vision) as he grabbed stuff, chopped, etc., taking significant time to create the thing. But alas, it was a pale poor-stepchild of the other one I'm familier with, the one at Aram's in downtown Petaluma. Smaller, meat chopped small or ground, with a one-note-taste sauce, nothing at all like Aram's larger version with much larger pieces of meat and a more complex sauce (plus their red pepper sauce on the side). They seem to take pride in what they're doing at this new place, but at least for this one item, their version doesn't do it for me.

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