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Hungry for Armenian Bbq

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I miss the feasts shared amongst friends in Glendale... haven't had an epic Armenian feast like those of yesteryear in a loooong time. Are there any places here in the Bay Area where I can temporarily satisfy my cravings for kebab, dolma, and etc -- at least until the next grand gathering?

I'm currently compiling a list of possibilities, albiet they are each probably a far cry from what I'm looking for...

Maykadeh
Helmand
Zazoo (is this place closed? went here during cravings a few years ago)
Alborz

Any others to try?

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  1. Zazoo in Oakland was still open as of a little over a year ago.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40111

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    1. re: rworange

      Zazoo is still open. I walked by it the other day and didn't know what it was but people were walking in. Of course I had to search on CH. Glad I did because looking at the menu and seeing kebabs and American food sort of raised a red flag...seafood, philly cheese steak and kebabs? Any way, definately will check it out and see how it stacks up.

      1. re: ML8000

        My guess ... and this is a guess ... is that the American is average. The kabobs and momo were good though. I always wanted to try brunch there because the view is so pretty. Unless you want a 'vibrant' atmosphere I'd skip weekend nights when there's live music.

        And, I didn't notice this on the first go-around. It's Afghani food, not Armenian.

        I always thought it would be a great place for a large event. Would have to try something from the American side of the menu though.

    2. A La Turca's kebabs are pretty good.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Yep. It is on Van Ness now. Down near The Matterhorn on the east side of the street.

          1. re: chefj

            Now Helmand Palace?

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            Helmand Palace
            2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

            1. re: wolfe

              yep same chairs, strangely formalish service and cobalt blue water glasses.

            2. re: chefj

              That post was from 2007, before it reopened. I've posted about the new place numerous times. Note that it's Afghan rather than Armenian.

          2. For Persian kebabs I'd go Pomegranate in Berkeley and Shalizaar in San Mateo. For Pakistani chicken kebab I'd go Kebabs & Currys (sic) in Santa Clara for their chicken roti kebab. New Kapadokkia in Redwood City does some delicious Turkish lamb and ground meat kebabs and other entrees. The only Armenian place I've been to, Armenian Gourmet in Sunnyvale, was only okay.

            I have reviews for all these places on Yelp, and all but Armenian Gourmet on Chowhound, if you want to do a search.

            1. No kebabs at Haig's Delicacies but the dolmas are amazing.