I noticed that no one's really giving much love to Kolbeh on these boards. I just wanted to give a shout out and say that their food is awesome.
Their rice is like a dream. I didn't even know rice could be that enjoyable before eating theirs. Each little grain is cooked to perfection. I don't know how they do it. Also, I think their falafel is the best I've ever had. I'm no falafel expert, but it's got that crispy outside with a really fresh tasting inside. And the grilled meats! delicious.
I feel like they have a problem with their pricing that keeps us from going there as often as we should. Basically, it's a little too expensive to just be the go to "I don't want to cook tonight" place. But it isn't fancy enough to make the cut for a special occasion place. It's in this weird grey area. The location for decades housed greasy sub shops and they've done a lot to spruce it up but it still has the old counter and retains a weird vibe.
However, the food is delish and I highly recommend that everyone try it. It looks like they get a lot of large middle eastern families as clients so I assume that speaks to the authenticity of the food.
Kolbeh of Kabob
1500 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139