I thought Janet might have posted her review of the new Kebab House in Sparks by now. It's opened in the big building built on the Sparks Marina (formerly the Helms Gravel Pit filled up in the New Year's Flood of 1997).
To get there, you drive on East Lincoln Way past Howard Drive into the Marina. I parked behind the building and walked around to the front, which faces the marina. I got there about 12:45 p.m. on Friday. I was the only customer.
The staff (I'm guessing mother and son) recommended a kebab that is a mixture of lamb and beef as the best. I got it. It arrived relatively quickly. I got two kebabs served on rice blended with some other items. Sorry, I lack the vocabulary or experience to describe the rice. It's Middle Eastern style. I also got a grilled tomato, a grilled Anaheim pepper, pita bread cut into quarters and hummus.
Everything was delicious. The kebab was only lightly spiced. I would have hoped for a lunch more punch there -- kind of like a good gyro meat. The tomato and Anaheim pepper were grilled whole and served whole. This was a great tomato, not one grown to look pretty in the store and taste like plastic. And the Anaheim pepper was only mildly spicy. The rice was superb also. Great Middle Eastern flavor. None of it stuck together. The hummus was a good dip for both the pita bread and the kebabs.
They brought out two stuffed grape leaves for me to try. I understand these are difficult to make. They were delicious, too. The woman told me what she used to make them. Sorry I forgot, except that it included tomato. Obviously made with care.
All and all a great meal. I hope it prospers and thrives.
Now, the bad news. The meal, the soft drink and the tip came to $25. It's wonderful food. I'm glad I tried it. But at that price, I'll only be eating there a few times a year. While the kebab was about $18, they have a kebab sandwich for about $9. I think it includes only the kebab and the pita and maybe the hummus.
So I give the Kebab House a thumbs up. I hope enough people who can afford to eat there discover the place as well.
325 Harbor Cove Blvd. #101