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Lauderdale Lakes kebabs and Sunrise Indo-Pak news (West. Broward)

s.m. koppelman | Aug 22, 200205:35 PM

I had lunch at Ali Baba, a scruffy little place with 4 or 5 tables in Lauderdale Lakes on the east side of 441 a little north of Oakland Park Blvd. They have two menu sections: Pakistani food and "Mediterranean" (seems Lebanese or Syrian to me), with a wide selection of kebabs and shawarmas, the usual vegetarian selections like fresh falafel, hummus, foul and fattoush, as well as biriyanis, Chicken Tikka, etc. on the Pakistani side.

Since the staff seemed more Arab than Pakistani and Hakim was playing on the stereo, I had a lamb shawarma sandwich on pita. It was tasty: the meat was cumin-dusted, the vegetables fresh and crisp, inclduing parsley, and a bit of spiced hummus and tahini kept it interesting, all rolled into a tube Lebanese-style. Very nice food if you don't mind the scuffed paint on the walls and a couple of flies near the windows. The open kitchen looked clean and the staff was nice enough, so it didn't bother me; recommended. Just don't go there for a nice time "out". N.B.-- the same strip mall also has a very good Lebanese grocery store.

Then on my way north through Sunrise, I stopped at the previously-mentioned Pita Pan bakery on NW 44th east of Pine Island for their swell Israeli-style pitas, and noticed that the strip has a few new Indo-Pak tenants: in addition to the semi-upscale Indian restaurant and the A-1 Foods grocery (a pretty big, mostly-indo-pak store that also carries a decent selection of Middle Eastern goods), there's now a new Royal Sweets sweet shop with decent looking sweets and at least 40 kinds of savory snacks in bulk. Most surprising is what's moved into the new building on the right end of the strip: the Forum Cinema--an all-Bollywood single-screen movie theater currently open Fridays through Sundays.

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