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Petaluma Armenian - Aram’s Rotisserie – Shawarma

tworange | Oct 28, 2005 12:31 AM

Like tourists who insist on seafood in SF … all that water, you know … while in Petaluma I wanted chicken … all those eggs, you know.

Aram’s Café, an Armenian-American restaurant that has been serving Petaluma since 1989, has opened a chicken rotisserie / shawarma joint in the Petaluma Gateway Center at the corner of Lakeville St. and Payran next to Albertson's Supermarket.

I had the Rotisserie Rocky Jr. chicken, juicy and fall about tender with a nice herby coating. It comes with side containers of an intense garlic sauce and a wicked red hot sauce. There is also pita which is nice for sandwiches the next day.

The new restaurant has those large size ovens like supermarkets, with chickens festively turning while roasting. Like a supermarket chicken, the skin isn’t crispy, but it is nicely herbed.

When I asked about the Jajik (yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint), they gave me a free container. Very nice with crunchy cucumbers.

Check out the website for pictures of the shawarma topped with citrus. There are lots of good pictures of the restaurant and food (amazing looking falafel sandwiches) on the website.

The rotisserie has blue plastic booths and Persian rugs on the wall. Pictures are on rotisserie link. Being in a mall, there is acres of parking.

The Café on Kentucky street has had nothing but positive posts on Chowhound. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Someone really liked the waffle with blueberry sauce and they also have a Dutch baby with blueberry compote. Turkish coffee is available and the fresh squeezed orange juice got thumbs up.

There’s a link on the website with a Chronicle review. The Chron recommends “The falafels and other pita sandwiches, like luleh kebab, made of spicy, aromatic ground meat, are good choices, and the delicate boreg (flaky savory pastry) is superb.”

Also favorably mentioned are chicken in a sweet pomegranate sauce, Armenian plate, grilled eggplant and sweet pepper sandwich, Lemon bars (“pretty darned good, too, maybe even irresistible”) and pahklava (Armenian baklava),

Has anyone tried their Shawarma?

Link: http://www.arams.com/

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