Tasty Falafel sandwich at Sabra Grill
I just came from lunch at Sabra Grill on Grant (near the Chinatown Gate) and I gotta say that was the best falafel sandwich I've had in quite some time.
I got there about 11:45 and no one else was up there. I don't know if they make the falafel to order as a rule or just because it was still quiet up there but once I put in my order, the cook measured out the balls in a little cup and popped them one by one in the fryolater. They were warm and crisp and really flavorful, served in that great pillowy pita bread that is hard to come by in these parts. A nice change from the usual lavasch roll-up.
All the fixins' were top notch: vine tomatoes at their peak of ripeness, crisp iceberg, excellent tahini sauce with just the right touch of garlic, chive and lemon and a couple bites of pickle on top. My only improvement would have been thinner slices of pickle incorporated throughout the sandwich. Next time I'll ask for xtra pickle.
Great lunch option at $5.50 a sandwich. And this place blows Oasis away. I'd walk the 5 blocks to Sabra any day rather than cross the street from my building for Oasis. Looking forward to a return trip to try out some of the other offerings.
Note that they're closed on Sat.
A beautiful day in SF today so I walked an extra block up Pine from my usual lunchtime routine, hung a left on Grant and saw this place across the street and thought I'd give it a try. Looked like a chowish place, but empty upstairs, so I did not have high hopes -- but was pleasantly surprised by the lamb shisk pita sandwich I ordered.
A good helping of flavorful, gamy kosher lamb, rough chopped pickles, hummus, lettuce, tomato in a pita bread. Not the prettiest (or cheapest) pita I've ever had, but a very satisfying lunch for $9. I'll be back to try the falafel, too -- though next time I'll probably eat there or at the park close by, because the sandwich doesn't travel well ... the hummus/tahini is more runny than what you find elsewhere, and the bottom fell out of the pita when I sat down to eat it about 10 minutes after I bought it. The platters look like a good choice, too, but at $15-$20 its a bit high on the lunch side.
Unlike the OP I really like Oasis (and Baladie, too), but Sabra is definitely going to be added to my lunchtime rotation. Glad I stopped in on a whim to check it out.
I have been wondering about this place for awhile and am glad to hear that the price is way cheaper than what is posted in the menu case. (which reads something like 9 dollars for falafel!)
anyway, i will check it out tomorrow for lunch.
Is the sandwich rolled in pita? or do they do it isreali style and open the pita up like a half moon and stuff everything inside? I am assuming it is done that way.