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Zaki Kabab House - Albany

lmnopm | Nov 15, 2008 07:35 PM

The verdict: I'll be back soon.

The trial: (after a couple of days under the weather, we got our order to go, which stayed hot in the 2 block walk home)
We got:
(1) Lamb burger w/fries
(2) Lamb kebab w/rice and salad
(3) Babaganoush with pita

(1) Dining companion ate and loved it.
(2) I liked it. The lamb needed a sauce, which wasn't included - maybe there was something on the table in the restaurant, or I could have asked for something if we were there. The salad was a standard cucumber, etc., and was good. The rice was outstanding. I don't know if you can order a large side of rice, but I could see doing that and bringing it home as a side dish for my own meals.
(3) It needed more seasoning. Fresh and fine, and if I hadn't had any middle eastern food outside of Wasilla for a year, I'd have loved it. Some more garlic, and a bit more other spice, and it would have been very good. The pita needs help.

The place is halal, and I don't think they have or allow any alcohol, which means it may be more lunch than dinner for me. The place was packed by the time the order was ready. The plates of food coming out looked appealing in general. They really cleaned this place up. This is not to "cut down" any prior occupants of this or other establishments, but going into a bright and fresh looking place makes a good first impression. My minor criticisms here are not to dissuade anyone from eating here. Quite the opposite, it is for them to hopefully see them and make a few minor tweaks to what appears to be a nice addition to the 'hood.

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