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Shawarma in Sunrise -- Netanya Gourmet

s.m. koppelman | Oct 22, 200204:10 PM

Netanya Gourmet on Nob Hill between Sunrise and Oakland Park is a middle eastern--in this case, Israeli--grocery store in Sunrise. It's a little more spread out than, say, Tel Aviv a couple of miles away, but has less variety of items and much less in the way of fresh spices, pickles and olives.

What it does have is a really good sandwich counter, basically takeout with a few tables by the windows. I had a shawarma; they make it with turkey (yes, turkey) on pocket pitas from the venerable Pita Pan bakery. It's really good; meat cooked just right, tender with just the right bit of char, suffused with an Indian-style curry seasoning, good creamy tahini, crisp, finely chopped vegetables including cucumber and tomato. It's $5.25, and it's substantial enough to stand as a self-contained meal. The hot sauce, a harissa or something like it, sneaks up on you nicely, and the whole thing is mighty soulful. I'm not sure how it compares to the one at the Tel Aviv's restaurant.. it's been a while. But it is cheaper and it is darn good. I'd imagine their other middle eastern sandwiches are just as good; they've got a decent number of veggie options.

Kosher. Closed early Fridays and all day Saturday. No restrooms. Sandwiches and to-go salads and dips only; no entrees.

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